Beginners Guide To Raising BACKYARD CHICKENS

Beginners Guide To Raising BACKYARD CHICKENS

Thinking of getting backyard chickens? This beginners guide will walk you through how to order chickens, when to order chickens, chicken supplies, chicken feed, how to treat Coccidiosis in chickens, and general chicken care. We take you through the first 6 weeks of owning and raising baby chickens.

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  1. lena bivalaxqua on August 27, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you we just got two chicks, they i think, 1 month, ( a mam got 6 and gave me two, he was at the animal shop up here and I just started talking to him and he just happen to want to give two away, ( well I have them in my bedroom, im scared so ill watch you other video z thank you, I love your videos you are really awesome thanks

  2. Earl Claborn on August 27, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    cute baby chickens

  3. Deb Preston on August 27, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Excellent video packed full of everything we need to know about getting started. We have been working on getting more self sufficient and chickens are next on the list. We’re working on building a coop right now and feel more ready to take that step after watching your comprehensive hands-on tutorial. Thank you!

  4. Deplorable RottieMom on August 27, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    This was very informative for a 1st time chicken owner. Great job & Thank you!

  5. GRUMPY OLD GUY on August 27, 2021 at 10:00 pm


  6. Teacher Sikhumbuzo Moyo on August 27, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Love you and following you. I want chicken for sustainability organic food/ meat

  7. MichaelSscarn S on August 27, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    You mean to tell me the USPS is unreliable….. there’s a shocker.

  8. Katherine R. on August 27, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Quick question. Has anyone noticed a difference in the flavor or smell of unfertilized eggs vs. fertilized eggs when they are cooked? My farm eggs do not smell as good to me as the store bought ones when I am cooking them. I am wondering if not having a rooster would make a difference in the flavor and scent of the eggs when they are cooked?

  9. Renee Fraser on August 27, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    My chicks are on the way from My Pet Chicken…..I’m excited and this video is just exactly what a beginner needs…..thank you for explaining from beginning to end and how….love

  10. Nauseaus on August 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Great video ….

  11. gbC4mpos on August 27, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    A ton of great info! Thanks for all your time!

  12. Chris Woolvin on August 27, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    breed suggestions?
    Thinking about getting 2-3 chickens.
    Live in the city with a limit of 5. Florida weather.
    Have kids and we are not huge on egg consumption.
    mostly want as pest management for our bees.

  13. Amy Davis on August 27, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    So if I have a rooster does he mate with all the hens? Are all the eggs then fertilized. Do I have to candle every egg, I just dont wanna crack open an egg and have their be a chick inside

  14. John Terhune on August 27, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Great !!

  15. Danilo Desnica on August 27, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    So thoroughly informative and enjoyable! Watching this (with a little bit of envy!) from central London. Thinks: I need a bigger garden ……

  16. Following Christ on August 27, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    I’m a 1st time chicken owner. One of my four hens started laying 4 days ago. They have ben small, but perfect with a perfect shell. Yesterday she skipped a day, but laid one this morning about 10am.
    It was almost 8pm and she was waddling to coop (almost bed time) her walk was kinda strange and kind of puffed up then as she’s walking she just dropped a second egg in the yard (only 10 hours later). The egg had a very soft shell and a little cord attached to it.

    What happened? She seems ok and put herself to bed, but should I be worried?

    Here’s her laying schedule so far.
    8/4 10:30am laid 1st egg
    8/5 4:20 pm laid 2nd egg
    8/6 NO EGG
    8/7 10:00am 3rd egg
    8/7 8:00 pm while walking, squatted and another soft shell egg with little cord attached.
    Hope someone can help with this. Thank you!

  17. Beulah Acres Homestead on August 27, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I’m new to this, just got my first batch of laying hens. Thanks for the great advice!

  18. Cindilas on August 27, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Could you ferment your feed at a young age? Or is it best to wait on that until they’re grown? I see you’re giving them fodder at 3 weeks, so maybe it’s best to wait till then?

  19. pedro robles on August 27, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    They are so beautiful

  20. Dolores Reynolds on August 27, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    What is coccidia, how do chickens get it, how do you treat it, and how do you prevent it?

  21. chris hopkins on August 27, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    So I have a question if you have the electric fence around the chickens does that keep them from going next to it or also trying to fly out I don’t let my chickens out of the coop because I’m afraid they will fly over my fence

  22. pim1234 on August 27, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    The ‘Bumhole’ is the Cloaca

  23. Ivy on August 27, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    35:41 but….why would the chickens cross the road?

  24. Bethany Aitken on August 27, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Hey can u advise me on any from the uk. I’m based Lancashire and need advice

  25. tom nugent on August 27, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    You are an amazing person sharing all your knowledge to people to avoid pitfalls that you’ve learned the hard way and stuff that that seems basic but really
    Important. I love the training them to your voice,thank you

  26. Andrea Lawler on August 27, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Wow… you are an amazing teacher and chicken grower! Thanks so much for sharing step-by-step how to start chicks. I only have some distant childhood memories of my Grandparents raising chicks in Europe..and I am thinking of getting a few for a small egg production once I purchase a property, hopefully this year…I absolutely love your homestead, and I appreciate all your pressure canning videos etc. I am learning so much!! ..thank you millions for taking the time to do these videos!.

  27. T. M. on August 27, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Great video. Very informative. I am just getting into chicken keeping so this video was extremely helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  28. JimBridger on August 27, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    This was extremely thorough, and exactly what I needed! Thank you so much!

  29. Luvon Tetreault on August 27, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I have wanted chickens since I was a little girl. Well we just bought a house with so.e land and my life long wish has come true. I’ve researched for years but your video told mw things I wouldn’t have thought of. My girls (just 4 this year) will be here on or around the 12th. My 6 yr grandson lives right next door in our two family home so him and I will share in the fun. Thank you!

  30. Nixon Soares on August 27, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    i like the points you mention for people who are new and also very informative….also like the guitar in the background at the start of the video…i too play in a rock band in India,Goa called Bad Blood and i love to take care of my chickens and ducks.

  31. Guildbrook Farm on August 27, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Whoa! Did you get through that long video?! If you want to watch more videos on chickens (and shorter ones!) check out our Chickens Ducks and Geese Playlist: Full Chicken Playlist: Thanks for watching!

  32. DrRattBird on August 27, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Hey idk if you’re reading this but thank you very much I watched this video a long time ago at that time I really wanted chickens and after watching this video I felt confident enough and I convinced my parents to get us some chickens here I am a few months later the proud owner of 4 healthy hens and an awesome rooster once again thank you so much

  33. Susan Lawrence on August 27, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Great video!! New chicken mom! I have a very long run and plan to keeping there because we have alot of hawks, eagles and owls. Do we need to move the run? Only 4 silkies. Lots of room. Thank you!

  34. Pamela Olson on August 27, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Never put marbles in the chicken water dish. My chick ate the marbles and died. I saw this on some youtube, not sure which one, I watched a million. It was recommended to put marbles in the water dish to keep the chicks out. My 10 week chick ate some marbles and died. You would not think they could swallow a marble but they can. sad, I am an idiot. Don’t be like me. 🙁

  35. M. Woods on August 27, 2021 at 10:46 pm


  36. Lisa Williams-Lewin on August 27, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Great video thx

  37. CatMoth on August 27, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    So I need a chicken that will produce a lot of eggs can be free roamed and can be around horses what’s a good breed of chicken for me?