How to Raise Chickens at Home – A Step-By-Step Guide

How to raise chickens

Chickens are ideally suited for survivalists who want to prepare for disaster, especially those living in urban or suburban settings who may not have ready access to hunting lands or fishing streams. These dual-purpose birds are easy to raise, and they provide both eggs and meat during hard times. Indeed, because of the growing movement toward local foods and self-sustainability, chicken “farming” has reached a new level of popularity and trendiness.

Browse the homesteading section of any bookstore, and you’ll find numerous books about raising chickens in both rural and urban settings. Although these books are loaded with great information, I’ve learned through experience that keeping chickens is a relatively simple venture that requires very little time and work. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre

Folks even if you live on a small lot you have no excuse to not be more self-reliant. Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck […]

Introducing​ chickens to your homestead – What you should know!


This is an entry in our current non-fiction writing contest  by RW Our first experience with raising chickens was very interesting… we bought from a local who obviously knew more about chickens than we did at the time and took it as a chance to unload some “damaged” goods. We started with 6 of the ugliest stinkiest […]

How to make a secure Chicken run for back yard chickens out of PVC, Chicken Wire, and Zip ties

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This is very easy to build and pretty self-explanatory until you get to the door. Basically you lay out 2 10’ sections of PVC, a top bar and a bottom bar. Take another 10’ section and cut it in half to make the sides. Now connect using elbow to form a large rectangle. You now have one side of your run (at 5’ I put a “T” in the top and bottom then ran a pole vertical to strengthen it). You simply repeat this 3 more times until you have enough sides to make a large box.

Once you have your sides built, lay them flat on the ground and roll your chicken wire over the top of the sides covering from the bottom pole to the top pole, from side to side. Line up one corner of the chicken wire with one corner of the PVC frame. Zip tie it in place, working evenly and keeping the fence straight. DO NOT PULL THE ZIP TIES tight yet, you will want to adjust the fence and cut excess off. Once you have the fence in place and where you want it (and zip tied down).

Questions and answers with The Wolf Pack : Fuel Storage

Question from B

Next week, my new tractor should be arriving on the farm – Kubota MX5100. I have looked into a fuel storage tank and am leaning towards a 1000 gallon split tank. 70% for gasoline and 30% for Diesel. My hope is to place the tank so that it will be visible from the house, accessible for re-filling and convenient for filling up the van and the tractor. What would the pack recommend for security measures to keep the fuel and the family safe?

How to build a survival tool box

This is an entry in our current non-fiction writing contest  by BCtruck The winter was long,wet, muddy and miserable. My three indoor dogs have been coming in and out of the schmutz for months,and now that it seems to finally be drying out,the carpet in the sun-room (the only room with carpet) has taken on the odor of wet […]

The Self-Sufficient Gardener

You can also find Jason’s book “Hunt Gather Grow Eat: Your Guide to Food Independence” on, as well as The Scrounged Homestead.

Mother Earth News – Go Green with Low-Budget Housing

From Mother Earth News article - Go Green with Low-Budget Housing : You may be surprised that I’d rate mobile homes low on the list yet write favorably of camper trailers. The difference is that camper trailers are recreational vehicles and are designed for off-grid use. Of course, some models are more like mobile homes, so you’ll have […]

DC/AC Power Distribution Panel Part 2


This is an entry in our current non-fiction writing contest  By DanW Read part one here. Intro: This part deals with more about component selection, preparation and installation for my Power Distribution Panel project.  Part 3 is a summary, component functional description, and parts list.  Part 4 is my Construction Notes. So, read on! Thanks in […]

How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House?

In summer 2006 Judy Alexander embarked on an experiment to see how much food she could grow, and how many neighbors could benefit, from the garden around her house. Check out her homegrown rainwater collection and irrigation system – watering her 60+ edible crops. Meet the bees, the chickens and the worms. And catch her […]

DC/AC Power Distribution Panel

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This is an entry in our current non-fiction writing contest  By DanW Intro: This article covers the second half of my Portable Solar Battery Charger & Power Distribution Panel project.  This is a detailed description of how to build a Multi-Voltage DC and (Inverter generated) AC Power Distribution Panel complete with a parts list, component functional […]

The Basics of Raising Chickens for Eggs

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By Paylie Roberts Raising chickens for eggs is quite simple, if you have the right tools. I’m hoping to save you some money and time by not having you repeat my mistakes. This goal of this article is to provide a condensed foundation article for those new to raising “back yard” chickens. Note that I have […]

The Survival Podcast Homestead – First Year Review

A look at fellow prepper Jack Spirko’s homestead… I like Jack he is a good guy and everyone should listen to his podcast at least once… )

How to Cook and Heat With Wood – One Solution


This is a guest post by Dan W and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. How do you plan to heat your home (or BOL), cook food, bake or boil water if there is no longer a ready supply of natural gas, propane, fuel for Coleman type stoves, electricity or other power? It’s post SHTF and there’s […]

You asked for it – pics of my chicken coop from start to finish…

The floor before the walls were put up...

Several readers have recently asked me to post pics of my chicken coop, so I thought it would be a good idea to publish a few that show the coop being built from start to finish.

Must read tips on how to rebuild, repair, and repurpose


This is a guest post by BCtruck  and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. Well here it is. My very first attempt at writing something longer than a comment here. I want to ask folks a question. If today was the last day of the life we all know, one with everyday conveniences such as running water, electricity, […]

How I made my Home out of a shipping container

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This is a guest post by KR Prepper and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. You all know that I like living frugal. There’s a certain power that comes from knowing that you don’t ‘have’ to spend money I used to run a recording studio. I saw the writing on the wall, that I wouldn’t be able to sustain my […]