By Crystal Miller-Spiegel
ThinkstockBackyard chicken keeping is all the rage these days, particularly with urbanites or suburbanites who want to know their food is local, more humane and natural. Chicks are cute, popular with kids, and cheap and easy to buy either locally or through the mail. Many modern day homesteaders do not realize, however, what goes on behind the scenes at chick hatcheries or the care commitment that chickens will require.
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My family recently bought a small farm and we were eager to get chickens. Since we are vegetarian, we view chickens as pets that need "forever homes," and sought to obtain them in the most humane way possible. I did my research, and here's what I learned.Hatcheries: Behind the Scenes
Most people who buy chicks only want hens because they desire fresh eggs. But since it's difficult to tell the sex of young chicks, they are sold with only a "90%" chance guarantee that they will be female. However,Read More »from A Cautionary Tale for Chicken Owners