Of all domestic animals, mankind probably raises more chickens than anything else. and for good reason. Various people groups have been raising chickens for thousands of years. Chickens are adaptable. They complete a full life cycle quickly. They produce meat rapidly and, to some extent, they can be kept in places where most other domestic animals cannot.
The chicken is perhaps the most “ubiquitous domestic animal” known to Man
Chickens crop up almost everywhere that mankind lives. In fact scientists have traced ancient trade routes all the way from Egypt to Indonesia, by using genetic markers in chickens!
Though not difficult, raisin chickens is more involved than one might think.
As with so many things in life, raising chickens is relatively simple… once one grasps the basics, and some important details and … some exceptions…. Many beginners are disappointed with their first try in this venture. They may not have learned the basics or possibly, they missed an important detail. Our aim in this course is to give the basic principles as well as important details. We want to supply the information in such a way that you can succeed!
The chicken is one of our most diverse domestic animals.
They come in all colors and many shapes. Chicken breeds can be large enough to make one think of a turkey and small enough to be nicknamed “teacup.” Some breeds are mainly kept as a curiosity or for exhibition. Some are primarily for egg production. Other breeds are mainly for meat. Chickens come in an amazing array of colors! Would you like to browse many of the breeds that exist? Check out Feathersite.
Perhaps the largest online forum for chickens is Backyard Chickens.
You can even keep chickens as pets.
Chickens make good pets but if you raise them for food, you may want to steer away from them as pets. The dynamics of having them as pets and food conflict. Food production is a very practical venture. One seeks to get the best return on the dollar, which means that meat animals are butchered, frozen or consumed promptly. Pets, on the other hand, are kept around much longer and rarely eaten.
For our purposes we will focus on food production.
- Lectures 36
- Quizzes 0
- Students 32
- Assessments Yes
Getting started. Why raise chickens? 4
Requirements (parts list) for raising chickens 4
Basic breed types and their characteristics 2
Purebred flock vs. assortment 2
Incubators and hatching chicks 4
When things go wrong and predators too! 5
Processing birds 4
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