Raising backyard chickens is a wonderful family project. So much can be learned about health, animal science, profit versus cost, and so much more. Many 4-H groups have poultry projects or clubs where the children can learn about and show poultry. I know that I have learned right along with my children as we've gotten started with chickens. We've had a great time and learned so much through it all--even the truth behind the clichés "birds of a feather flock together" and "madder than a wet hen"! So just do your research and start small. You just might find that adding a backyard flock is a simple step toward living more simply and healthy.

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Nancy Carter, Senior Editor of HomesteadBlogger.com is a homesteading, homeschooling wife and mother of three sons. She enjoys blogging with the other homesteaders at www.HomesteadBlogger.com/HSBFrontPorch and writing for the Natural Schoolhouse. Her family enjoys a lifestyle of learning on their farm in Kentucky.

Copyright 2007. Originally appeared in Spring 2007. Used with permission. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Right now, 19 free gifts when you subscribe. www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com