Introduction

This Wyandotte hen adopted   and protected these newly introduced pullets.

This Wyandotte hen adopted and protected these newly introduced pullets.

This is a new blog/website for people who have a small backyard flock, and those who have been thinking about getting birds, especially for eggs, but aren’t sure what they are about to  get into.  With the growing local food movement, home flocks are increasingly popular, and Alaska is no exception.  I often find that people begin with the idea of acquiring chickens to have fresh eggs or meat, but in short order, find themselves surprisingly entertained and satisfied with having a flock. Some (including this author) even get quite attached to their chickens, and discover that having them around is peaceful and grounding – maybe because for so many of us, family farms are in our heritage.   At any rate, whether you raise chickens as a source of healthy, local meat, keep them for fresh eggs, or have a couple because your children begged you for those Easter chicks, I hope that you find this site useful.  I welcome contributions, photos and questions.  This is a growing site, and more will be added as time and interest allows.

And in the interest of full disclosure: I am a complete softy when it comes to my chickens. Although I keep hens for eggs, I am also inadvertently running a chicken rest home. About five years into keeping laying hens, I realized  I lacked  the moxie to cull my old, non-productive hens.  How long could they possibly live?  I thought not so long at all, so I let them stay on.  In fact as I have found over time, hens and even the odd rooster can and often do live eight to ten years.  More on that in subsequent posts…

About Mara Bacsujlaky

As a 4-H agent with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, I offer workshops and information about raising and keeping small backyard flocks in Alaska. These services are designed for the hobbyist that keeps primarily laying chickens for home use of eggs and, secondarily, meat.
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