4 Types Of Poultry You Can Raise With Hens To Be More Self-Sufficient [Podcast]

4 Types Of Poultry You Can Raise With Hens To Be More Self-Sufficient [Podcast]

I’m a big believer that if you have the space, raising more than one type of poultry will help you become more self-sufficient.

 

In addition to chickens, we also raise ducks, quail, and turkeys, and we’ve considered adding guineas and even an emu (although emus can jump well, and require high fencing, and since we already have enough livestock trying to break free on any given day, we dropped the idea).

 

While chickens should be the cornerstone of any homestead, ducks lay better in winter and aren’t susceptible to many diseases chickens suffer from.

 

Turkeys can be a valuable asset if you hatch their eggs, since people will pay a premium for organic, pasture-raised turkey at Thanksgiving.

 

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In this podcast, we discuss 4 other poultry you can raise on your farm, their advantages and disadvantages compared to chickens, and whether you can house them with your hens.

You’ll learn:

 

  • How turkeys, ducks, quail, and guineas can enhance your poultry flock
  • Why each has certain advantages that compliment chickens
  • Some reasons each might not be for you
  • Why I don’t recommend keeping chicks and ducklings together
  • Mistakes we made when starting out our homestead you can avoid

 

 

Links we discuss:

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I’d like to hear from you!

Which poultry would you like to raise with your chickens? Leave a comment below!

Can I Keep Chicks & Ducklings Together? Is Chick Grit Necessary? Can I Use Straw In My Coop? What Do I Do With A Hen’s First Egg? How Do I Deal With A Hen That’s A Bully? [Podcast]

Can I Keep Chicks & Ducklings Together? Is Chick Grit Necessary? Can I Use Straw In My Coop? What Do I Do With A Hen’s First Egg? How Do I Deal With A Hen That’s A Bully? [Podcast]

Can I keep chicks and ducklings together? You might be surprised at my answer.

It’s Wednesday, which means I answer your questions about keeping chickens. 

 

If you’ve wondered:

  • Whether you can keep chicks and ducklings together in the same brooder
  • If chick grit is necessary (and where to buy it)
  • What you should do with a hen’s first egg
  • How to deal with an overly-bossy hen
  • If straw is a good idea to use in coops

then you’re in the right place.

 

You’ll learn:

  • Why it’s not the best idea to keep your chicks and ducklings together
  • When you should always provide chick grit
  • Common misconceptions about a hen’s first egg
  • The real deal about using straw in your coop (and other options)
  • The simplest way to deal with a hen that’s causing pecking order drama (and why she’s that way in the first place)

Links We Discuss

Where to buy brewer’s yeast

Game bird feed

Where to buy a chicken apron (for hens missing feathers)

The feather fixer brand I recommend

Where to buy chicken grit

Where to buy chick grit (small enough for baby chicks)

 

I’d like to hear from you!

Do you have a question for me? Leave a comment below!