So you want to raise happy, healthy chickens but you're not sure where to start?

I have good news for you - you're in the right place!

Sometimes when you're starting out - or even when you've had chickens for a long time - it can feel a little overwhelming...

What they should eat, what they shouldn't eat, what kind of coop should they live in, how to know when they're poorly sick, how to keep them warm - or cool, how to make sure they lay the most nutritious eggs ... eeeek!

Don't worry. It's not hard, it's lots of fun - and we will do it together!

Free ranging baby chicks is fun! Come join me for all the information you need about raising happy, healthy chickens in your own back yard!My chickens start free-ranging from a very young age!

You'll know you're in the right place if...

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You like chickens. You don't know why - they just seem entertaining - and raising some hens in your backyard or garden might be fun!

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You have a busy, stressful, demanding life, and you'd like to add some quiet, quality de-stressing parts to it.

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You like to give your family healthy, unprocessed food, and you want to know where it's come from.

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You'd like your children to learn a sense of responsibility for other living things, and for the food they will eat in their future.

Free ranging chickens is fun! Come join me for all the information you need about raising happy, healthy chickens in your own back yard!
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You just know that when you do have your own flock, you'll be talking about them as "my girls" within no time.

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You don't or can't have your own "girls" - but you dream that some day, you will.

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You've heard that keeping chicks is addictive, and this is one addiction you would definitely like to have!

Happy, happy, happy! 

I'm celebrating right along with you - because you've come to the place where happy chickens thrive!

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Here's what you'll find on this site - and where to find it.

Quick links - find what you want here, or carry on reading!

Want to know more about chickens before you start?

If you've not kept chickens before, the best place to start is to really examine whether they'd be a good fit for you and for your family - including finding out whether the place where you live will allow you to keep them!

From then on, preparation is the key. Here are some pages which will help develop your knowledge.

Caring for chickens: take our quiz to find out whether hens are right for you!

It's one thing to bring home a fluffy yellow chick. But chicks grow into noisy hens. Make sure chickens are right for you!

Be prepared - take the quiz!

Backyard chickens, the law and you.

Does your town allow you to keep chickens? Many places have strict laws. Here's how to find out about the law where you are.

Find out about the law.

Child friendly chicken breeds link.

Not all chicken breeds are as friendly as others. Find out which are the best breeds for the children in your family.

Which breeds for your family?

Interested in incubating and hatching chicks?

Most people who keep chickens decide at some point they want to incubate and hatch their own.

This is probably what I'd call my speciality. I've been incubating and hatching chicks for several years now. I've been through it all - the amazing sight of a chick developing in the egg, to watching it hatch 21 days later.

And the difficult parts, too. Dealing with weak and sick chicks, and sometimes having to cull those whose quality of life is very poor and never going to improve.

If this is something you're interested in, you'll find these articles are a good place to start.

Incubating equipment: I assess the best.

Before deciding to incubate, you need to make good decisions about the best available equipment.

Which equipment is best?

What happens to the chicken egg during days 1 - 7 of incubation?

Incubating is a thrilling experience. Here's what happens in an egg during the first critical week.

Learn about incubation.

Link to my e-course about how to hatch chicks successfully.

Hatching chicks can be both amazing and terrifying. Learn what needs doing each day, step by step.

All about hatching!

Learn about adult hens.

There's a lot to get to grips with when you first decide to keep chickens. Which breeds would work best for your family, how to make sure they're getting the right nutrients, how to keep them cool in summer and warm in winter, how to spot when they'e unwell and what to do about it...

Everything you'll find in these pages is based on my extensive reading and research, and has been tried and tested with my own flock. I keep away from "gossip" and stick to tried and tested facts so that you can be sure your chickens will be safe, too.

Healthy treats for chickens - link.

We all want to spoil our chickens - it's only natural! But could you be killing them with kindness?

Discover healthy eating for hens!

What chickens eat - link.

All about what chickens should - and shouldn't - eat, from baby chick to adult.

What should chickens eat? 

Clipping chickens' wings - link.

Chickens can fly from as young as 5 days old. Here's how to keep them out of harm's way.

Learn how to clip wings, safely.

Chickens and their problems...

Generally speaking, chickens bring us much greater relief from stress than problems. But every so often, something comes along that we need to be able to deal with.

Better to be prepared well in advance rather than to panic before it happens.

These pages will help get you started - and you'll find links on them to get to other pages which may be giving you a headache.

Find and prevent chicken mites - link.

Chicken mites - ugh! Yet every flock owner will surely come across them at some point. Here's what to do.

Deal with mites effectively.

Rats in the chicken coop - link.

"I'll never have rats" ... a common cry among new chicken owners. Until it happens and then... Here's how to deal with them safely.

How to get rid of rats.

The pine marten: how to protect chickens from this flock predator.

How to protect your flock against the animals who view them as lunch, starting with the pine marten.

Keeping your flock safe.

And then there's the eggs!

Eggs are one of the many benefits of having chickens. Come join me for all the information you need about raising happy, healthy chickens in your own backyard!Your girls' lovely fresh, delicious, healthy eggs will add up quickly!

It's one of the most amazing benefits of keeping backyard chickens - having beautiful, nutritious, fresh eggs every single day.

Eggs used to get a bad press - accused of building high cholesterol levels. But not any more - it's now recognised that that research was faulty.

So my eggy pages cover all that information, and more: nutrition, storage, health benefits and, of course, some of my favourite recipes.

All about egg nutrition.

Cholesterol, fat, high calories - eggs have had a bad press over the years. But they're one of the healthiest foods around. 

All about eggs!

Devilled egg recipes.

Devilled eggs are the easiest way of using up your flock's offerings. I share my favourites - made in minutes, enjoyed for hours!

Yummy devilled eggs!

How to store chicken eggs - link.

To clean or not to clean? To refrigerate or not to refrigerate? Always a subject of debate, here's the answers based on fact.

How to store eggs, safely.

There are other parts of the site still under development.

´╗┐It takes time to build a website. At least, it does if you do it properly. Here are some of the things I'm planning to be included over the next few months...

  • What makes an ideal coop? What's basic and what's over the top?
Amish chicken coops are so well made and contain everything a chicken needs to be happy and healthy. They're just one of the coops I feature on my blog!.Beautiful coops by the Amish community in the USA provide all the home comforts a chicken could need!
  • Chicken illnesses: the lowdown on the most common, and how to deal with them.
  • I'd love to hear your own stories and see pics of your chooks. Or maybe you'd like to tell me about your dreams of one day having your own.
  • Famous flocks belonging to famous folk.
  • I'm always happy to hear suggestions about what you want or need to know.  Let me know on the Facebook page!

Here's what you won't find on my website:

Pin for later!

Raising backyard chickens - Pin for later.
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Lots of spammy product suggestions. I recommend something either because I have used it myself and love it, or I know someone I respect, who has. I recommend only items which I know will be of use to you and your flock. 

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A place where harm is done to chickens. This is an important one to me. This site is about raising happy chickens. I don't talk about killing our girls and I don't talk about eating them - because I don't.  If you want a place that goes into details like that, that's fine - there are loads around the internet.

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A place where you're afraid to ask a question because you think it's too silly. There are no silly questions. When it comes to keeping our girls happy, everything's important. I asked lots of basic  questions when I first started. In fact sometimes I was so clueless I didn't even know what to ask.

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A place of know-it-all experts. My chickens are the experts, and they teach me. I read books which teach me things too, although sometimes my chickens disagree with the books. I take an active part in forums and talk to people I live near, who have been raising their own hens for generations. I find out what works for them, then I try it out and I let you know what worked - and whether it might work for you.

Want to know more about me?

Link to Cath's

In case you're wondering what my credentials are, to be able to give you good information about how to incubate, brood and raise chickens, I've written a page all about how I got to this point.

It's not a story of a country girl born and bred - far from it. I was born and raised in Liverpool, England - and there aren't many chickens there!

What it will show is that anyone can learn how to look after chickens - and have fun doing it. My aim is to use all the knowledge I've learned over the last ten years of keeping a flock of chickens, and share it with you to so that you avoid the mistakes I made and enjoy all the benefits.

Click on the pic to go to that page. And don't forget to join me here, on Pinterest.

I'm looking forward to the pleasure of your company - and to meeting your flock!

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Having your own hen brooding chicks is an amazing experience. Come join me for all the information you need about raising happy, healthy chickens in your own back yard!

Link to Raising Happy Chickens home page.