How to Raise Chickens for Meat

How to Raise Chickens for Meat

The Backyard Guide to Caring for, Feeding, and Butchering Your Birds

Michelle Marine


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If self-sufficiency and raising your own food is important to you, this book will help you pull together a complete farm-to-table experience.

Gone are the days when grandma headed to the chicken coop in search of dinner. In this day and age, when fewer and fewer people know where their food comes from, How to Raise Chickens for Meat helps families take control of their food supply once again.

Divided into four easy-to-navigate sections,How to Raise Chickens for Meat is packed with practical information. The first section, Getting Started, includes information on breed specifics, timing, and quantity. This section will help you analyze options and make informed decisions as you get started.

The second section, Care & Feeding, dives into the specifics of keeping your flock healthy. Learn how to set up a brooder, what to feed your chickens, how to safely pasture them, and how to keep your flock stress-free.

The third section, Butchering, prepares you for one of the more challenging parts of raising chickens for meat.  It addresses some of the emotions you may feel along with the actual process of butchering and provides practical tips to make it easier. It also discusses alternative options if you don’t want to process your own chickens.

The book concludes with cooking tips and delicious tried and true farm-to-table recipes to impress even the most doubtful family member!
How to Raise Chickens for Meat is the resource your homestead library has been missing.


Michelle Marine:
Michelle Marine is the owner and editor of the popular green lifestyle blog Simplify Live Love. A former college-teacher-turned-homesteader and freelance writer, Michelle’s passion for homesteading came from her paternal grandma, who grew her own food, raised her own chickens, and home-birthed six children long before it was the cool thing to do. Michelle has been raising healthy, home-grown food for her family for more than ten years. She lives with her husband, four kids, and a menagerie of Instagram-famous animals on a five-acre homestead in eastern Iowa (find them on Instagram @SimplifyLiveLove).