The Raising Backyard Chickens Course

Meet your instructor…Lana Stenner

Welcome!! I am so glad you are here! Most days you can find me at home on the farm snuggling a goat or in the University classroom teaching business. I’m a wife to the Fire Chief, mom of 4, blessed with 2 beautiful daughter-n-loves, and a Mimi! We do life on a small farmstead in Kansas City, where we raise goats, chickens & bees. We are fixing up our 120-year-old farmhouse one room at a time. I run on God’s grace, strong coffee & lots of KC BBQ. I’m wildly passionate about helping others build faith, family, and the farm.

Welcome! We’ll be talking about coops, breeds, food, hatching chicks, mail order chicks, and more! 

Welcome! We’ll be talking about coops, breeds, food, hatching chicks, mail order chicks, and more! 

Chicken Basics

Chicken Terminology (download) You can view or download this quick and easy chicken terminology guide so you feel confident raising chickens on your backyard farm. 

Chicken Anatomy (download) You can view or download this chicken anatomy guide so you feel confident as you learn about raising chickens on your backyard farm.

Backyard Chicken Journal (download) Daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal checklists for your flock and coop, along with a flock and egg tracker log. 

Benefits of Chickens (15 min video) There are many benefits to adding chickens to your property, and in this segment, we will unpack them all. There are a couple that you may not have thought of that could add value to your backyard farm.

Things to Consider Before Raising a Flock (11 min video) We will identify nine important things to consider before raising chickens, so that you will not be caught off guard in your new adventure of raising a flock of birds.

Chicken Breeds

Where to Get Chickens (11 min video) We will outline the different options for getting your birds, whether that is starting with chicks or going straight to adult hens. You have many options to choose from that will give you healthy and happy hens.

Chicken Breed Poster (download) You can click and download our Chicken Breed Poster of our top 20 most beloved chicken breeds! It’s a great visual of how each of our favor breeds look and what you can expect when building your flock.

Chicken Breed Printable Guide (download) Download and print our chicken breed guide so you’ll have everything you need to choose the right breed for your flock. You have the most important info at a glance for my top 20 recommended breeds. 

Choosing a Chicken Breed (8 min video) We’ll cover the most popular and common breeds today. Our family has had our flock for over 20 years now, and we’ve learned what works, and what doesn’t, and we are looking forward to sharing that with you.

The Brooder and Coop

Setting up the Brooder (17 min video) The time your chicks spend in the brooder is critical to their future health and is such a fun stage. We will go through the aspects of a brooder and how to set your baby chicks up for the first couple of weeks of life.

Setting up your Coop (17 min video) In this training, you’ll learn about the different housing options for your chickens, and important things to consider before you build or buy a coop. Get started the right way so you don’t waste precious time and money. 

Cleaning the Coop (7 min video) Arguably the least fun chicken chore is cleaning the coop, but with a daily, monthly, and seasonal cleaning routine, it should be manageable and hassle-free. If you have kids, this makes a wonderful paid chore.

To Free Range or Not to Free Range (11 min video) We’ll discuss both options, as well as some options you may not have thought of. Choose what works best for your setup, and remember, you can always change your mind later.

Predator Safety (6 min video) Sadly, losing a chicken comes with the territory of raising them. But there are things you can do to keep your flock safe from predators. We’ll discuss all the options you may want to consider, so you can stay one step ahead of those sneaky predators.

Caring for Your Chickens

Feeding Your Flock (7 min video) In this segment, we’ll break down exactly what to feed your flock and when, so you can keep your chickens happy and healthy. Plus some fun feeding tips to keep your feisty flock happy and entertained so they don’t peck at each other. 

Chicken Health Concerns and Diseases (15 min video) We are going to review eight health concerns in chickens. One is very common, and the other seven are rare, but we will cover each and how to treat and prevent each.

Maintaining Healthy Chickens (10 min video) Keeping your chickens healthy can be a bit intimidating, but thankfully if you follow these guidelines, you can avoid the vast majority of health problems in your chickens simply by preventing them.

How to Trim Wings and Prevent Flying (6 min video) In this training, we will discuss the steps to safely trim your bird’s feathers as well as the when the best times are to trim and why of the process.

Eggs, Chicks, and More

Gathering and Storing Eggs (6 min video) One of the biggest joys of backyard farming is gathering eggs for a farm-fresh breakfast. This is a rewarding chore. Once you’ve eaten farm-fresh eggs, it’s hard to go back to grocery store eggs!

Hatching Your Own Chicks (10 min video) Hatching your own chicks can be a fun and fascinating project for the family. In this training, we will discuss, the setup, how long it takes, and what to watch out for and expect as you hatch your own chicks. 

Introducing New Chicks or Chickens to an Existing Flock (5 min video) In this training, we will discuss how to transition new baby chicks from the brooder into the flock and how to introduce full-grown chickens.

 Keeping a Mixed Flock with Ducks, Turkeys, and Geese (10 min video) Everything you’ve done so far has set you up for success with a mixed flock, but with a few important changes, we will discuss.

Meat Birds

Raising Meat Birds with Ashley Christian (7 min video) In this lesson, our guest educator, Ashley Christian joins us to share her wisdom on raising meat birds. You’ll learn the best breeds to choose for raising chickens for meat, as well as their unique housing and feed requirements.

Processing Meat Birds with Ashley Christian (10 min video) Our guest educator, Ashley Christian joins us to share her wisdom on processing meat birds. This will be a no-gore training focusing on the tools, positioning, processing, and storage.

Bonus Training

Top 3 Mistakes New Chicken Owners Make (62 min video) Join me for a special 1-hour workshop I did covering the top 3 mistakes new chicken owners make, and how you can avoid them!