“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do
your own business, and to work with your
own hands, as we commanded you; that
ye may walk honestly toward them that
are without, and that ye may have lack of
nothing” ( 1 Thessalonians 4: 11-12).
When my husband, DJ, said he;wanted;to;raise;chick- ens, I was hesitant. We had three children, two
cats, and I was homeschooling. “How
We started with the simplest option:
raising pullets (mature hens who were
already laying), as opposed to beginning
We renovated an old goat shed and add-
ed laying boxes, shavings, and roosts.
was his answer.
They ran away from me. I chased
them around the yard—but only for
three nights. Then their God-given in-stinct;took;over,;and;they;marched;in
a chicken parade into the coop every
night at sunset.
and the children should wash their hands
The advantages of raising animals
(and your own food) far outweigh the
disadvantages. Children can observe the
and watch personalities develop as the
Areas of Concern
We have had issues with other animals.
Some critters come after the feed; others
bags and plastic bins and lifted lids off
metal cans to get at feed. We remedy the
trash can in an outbuilding.
The advantages of raising animals (and your
own food) far outweigh the disadvantages.
Everyone loves fuzzy chicks and the sweet chirps they make.