As part of the home farming movement, we started our backyard ranch in the Spring of 2011 with a small clutch of chicks from our local ranchers supply store Murdoch's. We live in a large urban community with over 95,000 homes so for most people, the concept was a little foreign. Raise chickens in your backyard? What were we going to do with them? Are they boys or girls? Where are you going to keep them? These were just some of the more common questions and/or concerns. Well, it seems rather practical to me. I decided to raise chickens to teach my five-year-old son some basic ranching and of course for the fresh eggs!

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