Raising Chickens

“Hey City Girl, you got a heat lamp for raising those baby chicks?”

I wasn’t sure at first he was talking to me, that old farmer who’d just sold me 20 day old chickens, and whom I was walking away from…

"A heat lamp for raising chickens? You mean I can’t just…"

That’s how it all started. My education in raising chickens.

Apparently you couldn’t just drive them home in the back of the pickup truck, place them in the old barn stall and feed them daily. No, there was much more to learn here.

One of my favorite all time breed of chickens, the Barred Plymouth Rock.

One of my favorite all time breed of chickens, the Barred Plymouth Rock.

That was just the beginning of my chicken adventure. For the last 17 years my daughter and I have been raising laying hens, meat birds, game birds, ducks, geese, and some adorable Bantams. Speaking to many farmers throughout the years we learned some ways to raise chickens – just not always the right way (you have to take anyone’s advice with an ounce of measure), but eventually we did come to understand the best ways.

When that old farmer spoke me the first day I bought day-old chicks, I had no idea there were so many tricks and tips to raising a bunch of meat birds on a little farm. I was also pretty certain that I wasn’t a ‘City Girl’ anymore but I must have still had that air about me because that old farmer saw right through my designer tattered jeans and John Deere t-shirt.

I did what I always do when I need to learn how to do something new, and I need to know how to do it correctly.

  • I read a pile of books on raising chickens.
  • I surfed the web for hours in forums and countless websites. (Many of which made me wonder "Have these people ever raised a chicken?")
  • I checked that knowledge with some local home grown chicken producers. "Always take advice from someone who’s done it successfully," my dad said.
  • And finally I put the years in. I’ve bought them, sold them, incubated them, nursed them back to health, and grown them for over 17 years. Somewhere along the way I learned when raising animals you have to mix knowledge with practical experience and a lot of compassion.

You know what I found out about raising chickens?

More people like to talk about (or write on the web about) raising chickens then actually doing it. Many people like to pass off knowledge as their own – when really they just heard something from someone and then they pass off that bad advice onto others.

There’s only one best way to raise chickens. Learn precisely what you need to know and then get right down to actually doing it.

After a few years of my own accumulated knowledge (and answering other people’s questions both online and here in the real world) I decided it was time to write a book and help others get started raising their own chickens.

The fast way (not weeks in research learning about poultry diseases that you aren’t likely to ever encounter).

The easy way (how to get them, how to keep them, how to treat them).

The right way.

For me, the right way is the least expensive, most rewarding, with minimal time invested. After all, I just wanted to put healthy food on the table for my family – I didn’t want to go into mass production or become a farm veterinarian!

So I put my writing skills and farm experience to the test and wrote one of my first ‘no nonsense’, country living books. I then checked the content against the books on my shelf. And then I even asked a few chicken owners to review it.

The first edition was in 2002. As I re-write this page I realize that hundreds of copies have sold and (so far) every customer has been pleased as punch. Back then digital publishers sold ebooks at much higher prices. In fact I still see people selling raising chickens ebooks for 10 times the price of my new edition. It’s robbery and don’t you get caught in it. There is no way those publishers can justify their high prices (trust me, I’ve been running an online business since 1999, I know what it costs to put together content and create web pages to sell that content – and trust me, they’re making a lot of gravy).

Country Living Guide to Raising Chickens

Remember – no fluff, no filler. I don’t believe in wasting your time or mine.

Remember – inexpensively. I priced the book within everyone’s reach. $3.99.

Remember – most rewarding. Keeping your chickens safe, happy and healthy makes raising them a joy.

The previous edition of this book, titled "Raising Chickens Right", used to sell here for $17 but to help my fellow city folks make their transitions to country living easier I an selling this second, expanded edition for much less. I’m also celebrating the fact that I am able to reach more people – therefore keep my advertising costs down – by having nearly a dozen books selling on the Kindle platform now. Amazon is already selling the new version of Raising Chickens on the Kindle.

Raising Chickens Without Worry

I am happy to help my customers.

If you have any trouble with raising chickens or ebook delivery you can contact me by leaving a note below.


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How To Order Raising Chickens Right and How to Receive Your Purchase

The ordering and delivery process is 100% intuitive, but I will guide you through every step. The instructions below are for first time buyers.

  1. When you click “Buy Now” below the book Raising Chickens: A GoodByeCityLife Country Living Guide will be added to your shopping cart. At that point you can choose whether to look at my other digital books or pay immediately through PayPal’s secure server. Payment options include: an existing PayPal account, VISA, MasterCard, American Express or debit card.
  2. Your payment is processed immediately. Then, (a) you will be redirected back to GoodByeCityLife to a special url to collect your digital book and (b) an email receipt of your purchase with download instructions will arrive in your inbox (usually within seconds of the transaction). If you paid by credit card you will see a $3.99 payment to ‘Smartzville’ or directly to ‘PayPal’ on your credit card statement.

Thank you, in advance, for your time reading this and for your trust in ordering. If for any reason you don’t like the ebook or it didn’t answer your questions on raising a flock of healthy chickens, feel free to leave a note here or contact me personally through PayPal. I have but one rule on this website: “There are to be no unhappy customers.”

Customers wrote:

“Hey Laura, I really didn’t think I’d get a response when I wrote you last week about my concern over ‘wintering’ our laying hens. Your service and dedication is second to none. Thanks for the help and advice.”
Frank — Maple Leaf, Ontario

“I am delighted with your (raising chickens) book. I’ve learned so much about my chickens…they’ll be happier and healthier now, and I’ll be able to peel their eggs (after hard-boiling) with ease. Thanks.”
Diane Barbosa

“The coop plan was so easy! We adapted the size and materials list for our needs. My husband had the coop built in the backyard in a weekend! Thanks for the great resource.”
Caroline — Atlanta, Georgia

“We’ve always had trouble with coyotes and raccoons around here. As a result we have lost a lot of birds over the years. With your information on keeping the preying animals out of the henhouse and chicken run, we are sure our next batch of baby chicks won’t go to feeding the local wildlife. Thanks Laura.”
Don — Montana, USA

“As an inhabitant of a large North American metropolis, after reading this book I am tempted to seek the country life to raise chickens. If you are a City person this book is imaginative and factual to help one dream of a better life. If one is a Country dweller this is the definitive work to use when keeping, feeding, and caring for egg layers and meat birds.”
Temi — Toronto, Ontario

“This book was a godsend. One of our birds was acting poorly and we just didn’t know what to do. After downloading and reading your book ‘Raising Chickens Right’ we got her eating again and within 3 days she was back to her old self! Thank you so much!”
Lilliana — Alberta, Canada

“Hi Laura, I wanted to let you know also that downloading the book couldn’t have been simpler and took no time at all. Also, opening up the book was very easy also.”
Georgiana — Milwaukee, Wisconsin

11 Comments to "Raising Chickens"

  1. Elise B.'s Gravatar Elise B.
    November 29, 2009 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Laura, I love the info that you have on this site for Pigs and Chickens.
    I would like to get both books, are they in Print or only ebooks?
    I don’t want to waste time in research and want to get started.
    Thank you

  2. diane's Gravatar diane
    February 8, 2010 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    i have a problem that has just started with my chicken’s…they seem to be missing something in their diet, and i don’t know what. the chicken will seem to be doin fine, than a couple days looks weak, and sometimes their eyes will swell up and some just fall over dead in a few days after all that…only one chicken at a time does this occur…what should i do…something with their diet, but what??? what am i not doing? please email me with a answer hopefully. thanks

  3. Mark's Gravatar Mark
    June 17, 2010 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Greetings, Laura,

    Thank you for your wonderful book and website. Your book is enjoyable to read, is complete, and is laid out in logical order. Thank you. Well done.

    A chicken farmer in the next town north was passing around eggs at no cost, simply to allow families the experience of hatching chicken eggs. He also let us to keep those that hatched and suddenly, we are chicken farmers, off and running. I have been frantically running around (like a chicken with his head cut off?) trying to keep pace learning what to do and then doing it. I wish I had your book two months ago. Those poor chickens have been shuffled back and forth here and there, but they are very forgiving, as you say, and doing fine.

    We ended up with nine birds of all shapes and sizes. One is no bigger than my fist, the largest is a foot long. They are all about seven weeks old.

    This is such a wonderful endeavor that I should have done years ago. There is one aspect that I must deal with – extreme, paralizing discomfort at the sight of dead animals. Sounds crazy. I don’t know why. But I will face this head on and not look back. By God’s grace, this will work. In order to afford this project, I must butcher these chickens when the time comes. I’ll get there. My next door neighbor has no problem with this and will guide me through it. I have cleaned and eaten fish – no problem. Time to move on to chickens.

    Two questions:

    1) My neighbor has offered three hens to add to my flock of nine. They are three weeks older and are larger than my tiny birds. Is this possible? Any tips?

    2) I handled the chickens daily the moment they came out of the incubator. Yet, they won’t let me near them as they roam around. I must corner them somewhere, or wait until their bedtime. Is this normal?

    That’s all for now. Thank you for all of your help, encouragement, and inspiration.


  4. Sarah's Gravatar Sarah
    July 26, 2010 - 9:38 am | Permalink


    We are new chicken owners with a flock of 12, well, eleven hens. We have recently discovered that one is a Cockerel.
    So far, he is sweet and gentle, but they are only 4 months old.
    Do you have information in your book about keeping roosters? We weren’t planning on keeping a rooster, but now we are reconsidering.
    Any thoughts or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.

    Thank you for your time!

    Sarah Gaetano

  5. ononiwu miracle's Gravatar ononiwu miracle
    August 20, 2010 - 8:38 am | Permalink

    am a love of birds. chicken to be precise. i want to have my own farm one day

  6. Catherine Morley's Gravatar Catherine Morley
    March 13, 2011 - 2:50 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to read your book. march 12 2011

  7. Dean Feliciano's Gravatar Dean Feliciano
    April 19, 2011 - 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Hi. I would love to get a copy of Raising Chickens Right but there’s no buy button. I’ve searched amazon & ebay for your book also. How can I get a copy?

    • Dean Feliciano's Gravatar Dean Feliciano
      April 19, 2011 - 9:36 pm | Permalink

      I found the link and bought it!!!

  8. wayne's Gravatar wayne
    July 11, 2012 - 9:45 am | Permalink

    im looking for some rare chicken breeds off course to and them here for our next gem my young girls love the chickens what were have put now i would like to do some thing that i wanted to do as i kid growing up and teach my kids the right way so im looking for some rare breeds out there just look guina fowl, plymouth rock and allso great egg layers and meat bird as well and im hoping if any one out there that can help me out would be great we last some in the floods the last 2 time we lost a heap off stuff so if there is some loving people out where could see if they could see and send them for free on in the local area in gippsland, you can call on 0438543025, thank you for your time wayne

  9. sundayJuststatedPoult want Raising book's Gravatar sundayJuststatedPoult want Raising book
    November 9, 2012 - 5:51 am | Permalink

    i love your contribution on earth

  10. enoch gyetuah's Gravatar enoch gyetuah
    August 21, 2013 - 6:32 am | Permalink

    Please I am living in Africa but the exotic breeds find it difficult to be accustomed to the harsh weather Conditions.what then shall l do

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