Selective breeding is, in my opinion, the best way to create and maintain a self-sustaining chicken flock tailored to your own specific needs and purposes.

On our farm, I’ve devoted a lot of time and thought to the qualities we want in our breeding stock.

In this episode of What The Cluck?! we talk about how we began our chicken flock, how we selected our breeding stock, and the qualities we look for when selecting which roosters and hens to breed.

I hope it helps you create and maintain your own self-sustaining chicken flock.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How to begin a self-sustaining flock
  • How to choose breeding stock
  • How to decide which qualities to look for
  • When to breed and when not to breed

Links I discuss in this podcast:

FrugalChicken Instagram page

FrugalChicken Facebook group

Feeding Your Hens Right!

Additional reading: 

How to Hatch Chicken Eggs

10 Abnormal Chicken Eggs

Adding A Rooster To Your Flock: Care & Quirks

Create a self-sustaining chicken flock, tailored to your needs, through selective breeding. In this podcast, we talk about how to choose breeding stock and more. From FrugalChicken

I’d like to hear from you!

Are you trying to create and maintain a self-sustaining flock? What’s working for you? What isn’t? Email me at or comment below!


Maat van Uitert is a backyard chicken and sustainable living expert. She is also the author of Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock, which was a best seller in it’s Amazon category.  Maat has been featured on NBC, CBS, AOL Finance, Community Chickens, the Huffington Post, Chickens magazine, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside Magazine. She lives on her farm in Southeast Missouri with her husband, two children, and about a million chickens and ducks. You can follow Maat on Facebook here and Instagram here.

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