Hey everybody! It’s been nearly 2 months since I’ve posted.  Terrible, huh? I’ve been asking myself why it’s been that long and the only thing (read as lame excuse) I’ve been able to come up with is that trying to work through three different imaginary test cases on raising poultry from chicks to laying hens......
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I was so proud of that brooder when I finished it. Too bad it was a terrible design. It didn’t fit through the sunroom door, it was drafty, the lid kept closing on my head, I couldn’t reach the corners, and all too soon, the bottom fell completely out of it. Yeah… In our last......
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Our goal here at No Clucking Around is to teach you how to get fresh eggs out of your back yard while optimizing the time and money inputs for your unique situation. Everything we do in pursuit of high-quality fresh eggs from healthy hens is a trade between time and money. Because you can’t minimize them......
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What’s that?  You’ve ordered chicks from a hatchery but have no idea where you going to put them?  Or you’re spouse came home with a box of peeps and a dream?  Don’t panic!  It’s going to be okay.  This isn’t hard, you can do it.  I applaud you for jumping in with both feet! They......
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To answer this question you need to ask yourself How fast do I want to “break even”? How desperate am I to start eating eggs from my hens? Hatching Eggs If you have the right equipment hatching eggs is a fairly easy and very fun thing to do. But if this is your first foray......
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How many eggs?!! Last time we walked through estimating how many dozen eggs per week we’re going to need to realize our fresh egg dreams.  We took into account how many we think we’ll eat, and how many we think we’ll sell or trade.  And we’re not married to our numbers because we know production is going......
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Before we go out and start spending time and money on stuff we need to get an idea of how big of a flock we’re going to have.  In order to answer that we need to know how many eggs we plan to consume.  And by consume I mean eat, sell, or trade.  So, getting......
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The Fantasy Sometimes when I tell people that I have laying hens the conversation goes something like this: Them – “Wow!  All the eggs you want for free!” Me – “… umm, no.  They’re not free.” Them – “What do you mean? Don’t they just eat bugs and lay eggs in your frying pan?” Me......
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Last time we talked about how there are many roads to fresh eggs and that your circumstances will shape how you make decisions for your flock. And we introduced you to our example Flockers, A, B, and C.  (Anybody want to suggest some names for these Flockers?) In this post we’re going to learn a......
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Many Roads There are bazillion different ways that you can go from zero to fresh eggs. All of them involve hens (chickens in our case) some time investment some financial investment Hens + Time + Money = freshest eggs possible The details of the equation are a little more complicated.  But for now, let’s keep......
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