Getting Started With Chickens
Part of "Birds & Bees"
Raising chickens is a wonderful way for the whole family to learn about nature, life cycles and responsibility for the lives of other living things.
Raising chickens will provide you with wonderful fresh eggs and older hens can be processed and eaten. By raising chickens you will know exactly what went into the meat and eggs. And chicken manure can be cured for two months to create a good natural fertilizer containing high levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
Backyard chicken eggs can also be much healthier than battery hens' eggs. Research shows that the meat of farm-raised chicken has significantly less fat (and fewer calories) than typical store-bought chicken.
This segment provides links to help you learn which chicken breeds do best in Hawai‘i. Links also provide a primer and a UH guidebook on how to raise healthy egg layers.
Start with the link to the article The Best Chicken Breeds for Hawai‘i from HomesteadinHawaii.org then work your way through the other Useful Links of this Course segment.
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