Housing New Baby Chicks

Homestead Bootcamp
April 19, 2017

We like to keep a rotating group of egg laying chickens to keep up the egg production. This spring we got a new batch of baby chicks to replace the older chickens that we plan to butcher this fall.

I bought 35 baby chicks from the local feed store. I was planning to keep 25 for myself and give ten to a friend. The friend was having second thoughts, so I am still not sure if I will be keeping 25 or 35 babies.…


Egg Shells for Chickens

I have recently started feeding my chickens egg shells. Why do I do this? Simple. Egg shells contain large amounts of calcium. Chicken need calcium for producing eggs. Egg shells=eggs. 🙂 This is what I do to feed the egg shells to my chickens.

After I use an egg I will rinse the eggs out thoroughly. I place them onto a drying rack with paper towel underneath.

Once the shells are dry I throw them into a bucket (that I only use for egg shells).…

December 14, 2016

Chicken Plucker & Scalder

Homestead Bootcamp
October 20, 2016

We recently released a video showing the entire process we go through when butchering egg laying chickens. This video is a break down of our chicken scalder that had its maiden run when butchering those chickens. We also briefly show our chicken plucker which is also featured in its own video.

The scalder is made using the instructions from Planet Whizbang. This is also where we got the instructions for our chicken plucker and our apple grinder and cider press which will be featured in a video coming in November!…


Butchering Egg Laying Chickens: From Barn to Can

Homestead Bootcamp
October 11, 2016

We recently had to make room in our chicken castle for some new egg layers, so the old birds had to go! Older egg laying chickens are not usually ideal for eating because they are very tough and just don’t have much meat on them. The best thing to do with these old birds was to can them. Canning chicken makes it wonderfully tender even on these less than ideal hens.

This video goes through our process from catching the chickens all the way to cooking them.…