Course curriculum

  • 1

    Let's Get Started Raising Chickens!

    • Welcome to Raising Chickens!

    • Course Intro....What You Will Learn and Do in This Course

    • Why Raise Chickens?

    • Tips for Getting Your First Chickens

    • Glossary of Chicken Terms

    • Home Meat Production: Rabbit or Chicken?

    • Basics of Free Range Chickens

    • Pets or Prouction

  • 2

    Requirements (Parts List) for Raising Chickens

    • What's involved? Shelter (Coop)

    • Video - Feeding Chickens

    • Part 2 What's involved? Food and Water

    • Part 3, What's involved? Time

    • Keeping Chickens in the Winter

  • 3

    Basic Breed Types and Their Characteristics

    • Basic Breed Types and Their Characteristics

    • Bantams: "Great Chickens Which Come in Small Packages"

    • What Breed of Chicken Is Right For Your Homestead?

  • 4

    Purebred Flock vs. Assortment

    • Purebred Flock vs. Assorted

    • How to Start a Flock of Purebred Chickens

  • 5

    Hens

    • Broody vs. Non Broody Hens

    • Advantages and Uses of Broody Hens

    • Cutie, the Epitome of Broodiness

  • 6

    Incubators and Hatching Chicks

    • Incubators

    • George's Guide to Incubation ebook

    • Raising Chickens Intro Video

    • How to Hatch Chicks Using a Hen

    • The Thrill of Hatching Chicks

    • Freshly Hatched Buckeyes

  • 7

    Eggs

    • When There Are No Eggs

    • Video - How to Tell When Eggs are Fresh

    • Preserving Eggs

  • 8

    When Things Go Wrong and Predators Too!

    • When Good Chickens Die

    • Chicken Predators

    • The Problematic Opossum

    • The Crafty Coon (Raccoon)

    • The Hazards of Livestock Guardian Dogs and Poultry

  • 9

    Processing Birds

    • Why You Should Eat Chickens from Your Flock

    • Eating Old Birds

    • How I Learned to Butcher Chickens

    • How to Process Chickens

    • Video - How to Catch and Carry a Chicken

    • Killing a Rooster - Video

    • Video - Processing Chickens

    • Video - Plucking the Bird

    • Video - Gutting the Bird

    • How to Process Chickens Video # 5

  • 10

    Recipes

    • Pumpkin Chicken Soup

    • Chicken Soup

    • Other recipes

    • How to Cook Homegrown Poultry

    • How to Stretch a Chicken

    • Preserving Eggs

  • 11

    Resources

    • Books About Chickens

    • Website Resources About Chickens

    • Book Review of Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry (done by Jerreth McLaughlin)

  • 12

    Course Evaluation

    • Course Evaluation