7 Reasons I have a Backyard Farm

Ameraucana, almost 3 weeks

So, the Rhode Island Red and Cornish Cross chicks are approximately 4 weeks old. The Ameraucana chicks are approximately 3 weeks old. At what age do they stop being chicks and become chickens? I’m still new at this backyard farming gig. We had egg laying chickens last year, but they stopped laying. So this year we have a brand new batch (literally). The Cornish Cross are meat chickens that my wife wanted… and as a compromise I got egg laying chickens.

In addition to the chickens, we hope to have the garden planted within the next week.

So why do we have a backyard farm? I won’t speak for my wife… but I have the following reasons:

  1. To have control over what antibiotics, if any, get fed to

    Rhode Island Red, almost 4 weeks

    the livestock.

  2. To know what actually gets fed to the livestock– our eggs have dark yellow yolks, whereas the typical store bought egg is undernourished and has a pale yellow yolk.
  3. To know what pesticides, if any, are used in my garden.
  4. To know if the food is healthy or not… instead of depending on a hired hand to make the judgement 1000 miles away who may not care because he’s just getting a paycheck.
  5. To know if the food was genetically modified.
  6. To get out of the house and work instead of watching tv 12 hours a day. Being self sufficient is great!
  7. To know there is not pink slime or other goodies added to enhance the final product.

As I look over these I notice I have a theme of controlling where my food comes from. Does that mean I’m a control freak? I don’t know.

If you have a backyard farm, why do you have it?

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No Growth Hormones, No Pink Slime

2 or 3 days old

We got these chicks because we wanted to raise them and at least know everything that they had been fed. The red are Rhode Islands Reds, and the yellow are Cornish Crosses. The Cornish grow ridiculously fast (Franken-Chickens!!)

We are considering separating the Rhode Island Reds from the Cornish Crosses for feeding purposes. But at least this way we don’t need to worry about Pink Slime, growth hormones or other issues.

2 Weeks Old