Raising Backyard Chickens For Eggs, Food, Survival & Prepping




A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping 1st Edition Hardcover



Backyard Chickens & Basket of Eggs


A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping



A Chicken in Every Yard is a valuable book for the beginner chicken keeper or prepper covering everything you need to know to get started raising your own backyard chickens for food and survival.   Learn how to have a sustainable poultry food source with your own backyard chickens. 

Why you might need it

Chickens are an great addition for preppers, survivalists, and to those who want tasty fresh organic eggs and to become more independent from grocery stores.  A small flock of backyard chickens can provide eggs and meat that are high in protein and also produce fertilizer and eat garden pests that could destroy your vegetable garden. If you are a Doomsday Prepper, chickens are also great to raise as part of your survival plan.  But before you buy your chickens do some research and determine the best poultry breeds for your area and weather, and also your particular desires from a breed. 

  • How to pick the poultry breeds that are right for you
  • How to build a sturdy coop in one weekend for $100
  • How too raise happy and hearty chicks
  • How to feed your flock for optimal health and egg nutrition
  • How to prevent and treat common chicken diseases
  • How to plan ahead for family, neighborhood, and legal considerations
  • How to cook tasty egg recipes

Baby Chicks

Baby Chicks

Breed selection

If you desire a poultry breed solely on egg laying, there are breeds that will lay nearly an egg a day for long periods.  The prolific egg layers tend to be small and will average between 250 to 280 eggs a year.  These birds are not very broody, obviously, as once a hen broods, she stops laying eggs.  These hens tend not to nest and begin laying eggs at 4 to 5 months of age.  Chickens that are raised for meat are broad breasted, grow and feather rapidly, and have white feathers.  Chickens that are good for both meat and eggs, are not great at both.  If you want Chickens that are more self reliant, these breeds are aggressive foragers, they have coloring for camouflage, they do not have heavy leg feathers or large crests, and are inclined to brood and reproduce. Also known as free-range chickens these birds are allowed constant access to the outdoors, with plenty of fresh vegetation, sunshine and room to exercise.

Welsummer Rooster

Welsummer Rooster


Breeds Most Likely To Annoy Neighbors

  • Noisy Breeds (Ancona, Andalusian, Cornish, Cubalaya, Leghorn, Modern Game, Old English Game, Spanish)
  • Flying Breeds (Ancona, Andalusian, Bantams, Campine, Fayoumi, Hamburg, Lakenvelder, Leghorn, Old English Game)


Leghorn Chickens

Leghorn Rooster & Chicken

Best Breeds For Very Cold Weather

  • Buckeye - Very cold hardy, climate hardy, adaptable, decent egg layer, good meat production, good foragers, somewhat broody, slow to mature, generally docile - good for pets, some individuals are aggressive - better suited for experienced handlers
  • Chantecler - Very cold hardy, decent egg layer, good meat production, good foragers, broody, good mother, docile, early maturing, flyers
  • Ameraucana - Very cold hardy, climate hardy, adaptable, good egg layer, good meat production, can be broody, somewhat early maturing, generally docile - good for pets


Partridge Chantecler Chicken

Partridge Chantecler Chicken

Best Egg Laying Breeds

  • Ancona - Exceptional egg layers,  exceptional foragers, climate hardy, noisy, flyers
  • Leghorn - Exceptional egg layers, good foragers, heat tolerant, roosters large combs are prone to frost bite, noisy, flyers
  • Norwegian Jaerhon - Exceptional egg layers, good foragers, cold tolerant, roosters large combs are prone to frost bite, noisy, flyers


Ancona Chicken

Ancona Chicken

Best Meat Breeds

  • Cornish - Exceptional for meat, aesthetic standout, mild - temperate climate, generally docile - good for pets, some individuals are aggressive - better suited for experienced handlers, noisy
  • Delaware - Exceptional for meat, decent egg layer, aesthetic standout, good foragers, climate hardy, generally docile - good for pets
  • Orpington - Exceptional for meat, decent egg layer, good foragers, cold hardy, roosters large combs are prone to frost bite, generally docile - good for pets
  • Shamo - Exceptional for meat, decent egg layer, aesthetic standout, mild - temperate climate, generally docile - good for pets, some individuals are aggressive - better suited for experienced handlers


Orpington Chicken and Rooster

Orpington Rooster & Chicken

Best Combo Breeds For Eggs & Meat

  • Australorp - Good egg layer, good meat production, cold tolerant, generally docile - good for pets
  • Barred Plymouth Rock - Good egg layer, good meat production, good foragers, roosters large combs are prone to frost bite, generally docile - good for pets
  • Rhode Island Red - Good egg layer, good meat production, good foragers, roosters large combs are prone to frost bite, generally docile - good for pets, some individuals are aggressive - better suited for experienced handlers
  • Favorolle - Good egg layer, good meat production, aesthetic standout, climate hardy, generally docile - good for pets, some individuals are aggressive - better suited for experienced handlers


Barred Plymouth Rock Rooster

Barred Plymouth Rock Rooster

Best Self Reliant Foragers

  • Egyptian Fayoumi – Heat tolerant, excellent foragers, wild, excellent egg layer, seldom broody, black and white speckled, disease resistant, early maturing, roosters large combs are prone to frost bite, flyers
  • Houdan - Good egg layer, good meat production, aesthetic standout, excellent foragers, mild - temperate climate, generally docile - good for pets
  • Old English Game - Aesthetic standout, excellent foragers, climate hardy, roosters large combs are prone to frost bite, noisy, flying, aggressive breed - better suited for experienced handlers
  • Penedesenca - Good egg layer, good meat production, excellent foragers, roosters large combs are prone to frost bite, flying

Old English Game Chickens

Old English Game Chicken & Rooster

Best Broody Breeds (if you like having hens that like to raise chicks more often) 

  • Appenzeller - Broody, good egg layer, good meat production, aesthetic standout, excellent foragers, cold tolerant, flyers
  • Dominique - Broody,  cold tolerant, adaptable, good foragers, decent egg layer, good mother, early maturing, generally docile - good for pets
  • Favorolle - Broody, good egg layer, good meat production, aesthetic standout, climate hardy, generally docile - good for pets, some individuals are aggressive - better suited for experienced handlers
  • Malay - Broody, good meat production, aesthetic standout, good foragers, heat tolerant, flyers
  • Maran - Broody, good egg layer, good meat production, good foragers, roosters large combs are prone to frost bite, flying, tolerant of wet conditions, adaptable
  • Rhode Island Red - Broody, good egg layer, good meat production, good foragers, roosters large combs are prone to frost bite, generally docile - good for pets, some individuals are aggressive - better suited for experienced handlers
  • Turken – Can be broody, climate hardy, adaptable, decent layer, good mother, color varies, generally docile - good for pets, slow to mature.
  • Welsummer - Broody, good egg layer, good meat production, excellent foragers, cold tolerant, generally docile - good for pets
  • Wyandotte - Broody, good egg layer, good meat production, aesthetic standout, good foragers, cold tolerant, generally docile - good for pets, some individuals are aggressive - better suited for experienced handlers

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Salmon Faverolle Chickens & Rooster

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Editorial Reviews

"Backyard chickening may be the best next step beyond backyard gardening. Leveraging their own experience with their Oregon customers’ shared wisdom, Robert and Hannah bring to every aspiring next stepper a mentoring book that can nudge anyone into micro-eggery.”-- JOEL SALATIN, founder of Polyface Farm, author of You Can Farm, and contributor to Food, Inc.: A Participant Guide
 
“This is the guide to raising chickens that I desperately needed when I first started urban farming. Robert and Hannah have seen it all when it comes to raising cluckers.”--NOVELLA CARPENTER, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

Australorp Chickens

Australorp Chickens & Rooster

Selected Amazon Feedback

"As newcomers to raising urban chickens, we've purchased several books on how to care for our egg-laying friends. By a landslide, A Chicken in Every Yard is the most approachable, functional, accessible reference we've found. The authors write with a clear sense of purpose, provide no-nonsense advice, and take some of the uncertainty out of tackling the age-old tradition of a few hens running around the back yard. This book is money well spent if you are considering chickens in your urban or suburban setting."

"So much useful information for a first time chicken owner. Beautiful pictures. This book has helped us from building our coop, raising chicks, and now 5 months later we are collecting eggs!"

"I must have 10 books on raising chickens, trying to be as educated as possible before I get started with the birds. This is the best of them. It is clear, concise, practical, very readable. This is the book you read first, and keep on the shelf for questions as they develop..."

"The perfect book for keeping urban and suburban chickens.  This is the only book you need if you want to keep a few chickens in your yard... If you want a practical guide for housing chickens in a small urban back yard, heck, this book even has detailed plans for building a simple but safe coop and run. It even has a neat breakdown of how much time you will need to set aside for caring for your birds (five minutes in the morning to feed and collect eggs and let the birds out, five minutes in the evening to feed and collect eggs, and lock the door of the coop, 20 minutes once a week to add more bedding, and so on) so you have some idea of what time commitment you're actually making."

"Get the book. Then get chickens!  As a customer of the Urban Farm Store, I'd been anxiously awaiting Robert and Hannah's how-to book on keeping small backyard flocks. Turns out, this is much more than a how-to book. It's beautiful, for starters, featuring original illustrations by Portland artists and photographs shared by customers. The authors draw from their own experiences raising chickens, studying animal nutrition, and running their shop. They take you from the "why" to the "how" to the "what now," covering all the basics plus some of the touchier issues too (vet care, roosters, end of life). Most importantly, they give voice to the wide-ranging experiences of the community of chicken keepers that has formed around their store..."

"I have toyed with the idea of raising chickens for a long time but never really found a good book that was well-organized or interesting enough to read thoroughly - front to back... until I picked up this book. It is extremely well-written and educational, very informative and fun to read. I had soooo many questions about raising chickens - from the simple (what do they eat?) to the complex (what do I do about this ailment, or, what happens if, etc.) -- it answered them all. My doubts and concerns about raising chickens were addressed, as well as housing, feeding and watering, life cycle, social structure, benefits and disadvantages, breed, temperament and personality... need I go on? I am a beginner in the adventures of raising chickens, but after reading the book, I no longer feel like a newbie. The detail was just right (loved the humor and experience tid-bits) and not to 'heavy' to read like a dry text book. It has become my go-to for reference and reminder information. It has helped me plan when I'll get my chicks and given me excellent ideas of what kind of coop will be best for them, my lifestyle and yard. This book is a valued addition to my library and I highly recommend it."

"This is the perfect book for getting started in raising chickens for beginners, farmers, doomsday preppers, and for survival.  We raise chickens, ducks, and goats at home in our country backyard and we raise rabbits in our garage.  We prefer to keep our chickens and other animals fenced with some caged and some free range.  This book was an excellent book for getting us started in raising our own backyard chickens.  We chose egg layers over meat producing chickens, along with milk goats, egg laying ducks, and rabbits for meat."

"I really enjoyed this book. It made me want to go out and buy a bunch of chickens. I am going to build a coop over the winter, but I'm waiting until spring to get the chicks. Very informative beginner level information and I would definitely recommend for someone who is thinking about getting backyard chickens."

Dark Cornish Game Hens &  Rooster

 Dark Cornish Game Hens & Rooster

YouTube Videos

The following YouTube video shows great tips for beginners when raising chickens for eggs

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The following YouTube video shows Best Practices and Tips for Raising Chickens in a Small Backyard at Home

Best Practices and Tips for Raising Chickens in a Small Backyard


The following excellent YouTube video shows how to raise chickens, incubation, rearing, feeding, housing, survival and so much more!

How to raise Chickens, incubation, rearing, feeding, housing and so much more!



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