Starting a Backyard Chicken Flock

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When it comes to backyard chickens and small flocks, don’t put all of your eggs in one basket too soon! Richard Goforth, poultry expert with NC State Extension, walks through some of the major considerations, from selecting breeds, constructing a coop and safely handling eggs to understanding biosecurity best practices and local animal ordinances. Whether you’re in it for the eggs, companionship or simply wanting to try something new, having a backyard chicken flock can be a uniquely rewarding experience. It also poses its own unique challenges. If you’re thinking about starting your own backyard flock, or have already added chickens to your home landscape, our Extension experts offer resources and support to help you maintain a safe and successful flock. 

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