The deep litter method for stall bedding eliminates much of the hassle and expense while still providing a warm, clean environment for your animals to bed down in comfort. With the deep litter method, you only have to clean out your stall once or twice per year.
Egg laying breeds, such as Wyandotte, Sussex, Orpington and Barred Rock will usually lay an egg per day in spring, summer and fall. In the winter, this number will drop in response to less daylight, so some people supplement the light by turning on a light in the chicken coop. I prefer to let mine follow nature’s patterns and enjoy a bit of a rest in the winter.
If you want to raise your own meat, milk or eggs and have a small place or even an urban backyard, there are breeds well suited to the task. Nothing beats the satisfaction, taste and health benefits of raising your own food, so why not take a look at some livestock for small acreage?