Raising broiler chickens for meat is fun, rewarding, and delicious. I get better at farming year to year but there is always more to learn, more experiments to do, and a great community of like-minded people to stay in touch with. This page is my effort to compile some of my research.
Build your own chicken tractor.
Are you looking for a functional yet practical way to raise chickens on pasture? Then you’re in luck! In addition to detailed drafting and materials lists, thousands of hours of research, both in the field (literally) and out, have come together in a detailed guide on how to build a chicken tractor that you are actually going to be happy using.
Pastured Poultry Packet
Calculate the real price of raising chickens on pasture.
I am several years into raising broiler chickens profitably. Through those years I have compiled checklists, runbooks, on-farm visual instruction, etc... I have compiled all of those documents to help you get your farm or homestead set-up, raise and process your chickens, and build your business.
Chicken Resources Links
- American Pastured Poultry Producers Association - APPPA: For those serious about raising pastured poultry
- Cobb - Vantress, Inc. : A wealth of conventional broiler data and management guides
- AgriAnalysis: Lab that I have used to get feed tested
- Wireless Sensor Tags: Wirelessly monitor freezer temperature and get a email warning when they are too warm
For visiting the site I wanted to give you this free gift. It is the tracking sheet we use for every day of our broiler operation here on the farm. We use it to track:
- Feed consumption
- Shavings used
- Any major events
Tracking on a day to day basis helps with analyzing later. How are you going to know what happened without data?
Click Here or on the picture for the PDF download.
Help me Raise 1 Million Chickens!!!
It is my life's goal to feed people healthy and delicious food. I got into pasture-based systems for the politics and I stayed for dinner. Growing chickens on grass gives you the most delicious bird you have ever eaten.
If you're fed up with grocery store chicken, if you want to build some food independence, and if you're looking to fertilize your lawn without putting chemicals down then this will be right up your alley.
Free 8 Week Video Series on Raising Broilers
Follow along as I take video every day for a batch of chickens on my farm. I raise a batch of 240 for my full production scale as well as 25 chickens in my back yard for us to eat at home.
Along the way I answer audience questions and share honest insights. You'll know what you're in for after watching this series.
YouTube Playlist with 40+ Broiler Videos
I have a lot of videos on YouTube, many of which are organized into playlists. The broiler chicken videos have their own playlist with forty videos and counting.
Subscribe to the channel to see as new videos come out. I am constantly learning, experimenting, and publishing. I can always become a better farmer and I want to share that journey with you.
Backyard Broiler Processing Videos
You can either process your birds under USDA inspection or process them at home. If you are processing birds at home then I have made a playlist of videos on my simple backyard setup for processing chickens.
Broiler Video Course
While I did publish 8 weeks of daily updates on raising broiler chickens for free on YouTube, even that video series didn't cover all the information you are going to want to have to start raising chickens for meat. I am in the process of putting together a video course to walk you through step by step with the whole process.
The Broiler Video Course comes out Winter 2017.