How to Properly Take Care of Egg Laying Chickens

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

6 Responses

  1. Teresa says:

    hi, thank you for your article at ANP which led me to hear. i have a question, mom used to have lots of chickens and fed them commercial food. I wondered how did they survive on the Prairie when they didn’t have such, there will come a time when we can’t purchase it. Thank you have a good day I get newsletter now so won’t check that box

    • M.D. Creekmore says:


      It really depends on where you’re located and the time of the year, and if you can let the chickens free range or not. If you live in an area like TN or KY there are lots of seeds and bug and other stuff that they can forage and eat if they are allowed to free range, but if they are kept in a coop then you’ll need to buy or grow everything that they eat…

  2. dt says:

    Good article with helpful information. I am a fairly new chicken mom but have done tons of late night research. I read if they can’t get to gravel then need crushed granite to be able to digest food in their gizzards. They say to put it separate from their food to get at when needed. I just throw some around the pen.
    I’ve also read that 1/2″ hardware cloth is a lot better and stronger than chicken wire. I found some 4’x50′ for a good price at walmart online and put up a run using fence T posts, then covered in clear plastic and tarps for winter. They love it and come out even when its snowing they stay dry and draft free!

  3. Old Country Boy says:

    I used a chicken hook back in the day to catch chickens. Stiff wire or rod about four feet long, 3/16 dia. with a formed hook on one end. Nothing fancy. Easier at night when roosting.

  4. Jaycee says:

    Pawpaw told me that he and Granny would save the egg shells, put them in the oven to dry and harden, then crush them to use instead of O-shell. He also had told me that when the local feed store would have a really good sale on chops (chopped corn) or oats, he would buy and use to supplement their feed. He did not believe in clipping their beaks.

    Enjoyed this article very much. Thank you Miss Jane for sharing.

    CBsGD (Curley Bull’s Grand Daughter)