If you’re thinking you’d like to take on raising your own meat chickens, watch this video first!
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If you’re looking to raise your own meat chickens, this video is a MUST watch to learn “almost” everything you need to know before getting started.

We’re covering everything from the differences in breeds (and which we think are best), plus basic chicken needs like feed and shelter, and even tips on butchering and storing chickens…

We also answer the question we get asked all the time, do homegrown chickens taste different than store-bought chickens?

Time Stamps:
0:00 – Chit Chat
6:21 – Question of the Day: Do you cook high acid foods in cast iron?
8:01 – Main Topic: Everything you need to know about raising meat chickens.
9:14 – What breed to use and the differences between breeds.
17:05 – When to start them and when to buy them
19:15 – Basic Chicken Needs
20:45 – What to feed chicks
22:20 – Shelter
24:40 – Free Range
26:14 – Butchering
28:03 – Storing chickens after processing
29:18 – Do homegrown chickens taste different and do you have to cook them differently?

Links mentioned in this video:
Freedom Ranger Hatchery: https://www.freedomrangerhatchery.com/

Videos mentioned:
How to Build a Hoop House: https://homesteadingfamily.com/diy-bean-tunnel-or-hoop-house/
Cast Iron Video Series Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-Q53k5K1cN5HKCwhCsUVEZOQ6g07HxMx
What to Look for in a Chicken Tractor: https://homesteadingfamily.com/chicken-tractor-basics/
How We Put up 1400 Pounds of Pastured Chickens in One Day: https://youtu.be/Z1_Pgonx5Kk
Starting Meat Chicks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69_E9gZtEaM&t=14s

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