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Raising Chickens For Sustainable Living

“I believe in the power of probiotics for my chickens health. No farm should be without these products.

Owner Blue Star Ranch 

Mary Ann Fordyce

There has been an “eggsplosion” of late in the poultry industry for backyard chicken owners, pet enthusiasts, small farmers as well as now sustainable poultry farming has increased in all areas of the country. Here at Blue Star Ranch, I strive in everyday teaching customers, readers and even just stray callers to our location the proper care of poultry.  

The sustainable growing and harvesting of poultry for both eggs and meat is on the rise just about everywhere, country, suburbs and sometimes city dwellers too. If you have ever raised meat poultry verses egg layers, then you know how very different these birds can be. Meat and egg poultry birds vary greatly, there are a few sustainable breeds that are both “duel purpose” and quality at that.

When processing meat birds its always a good idea to have concrete plans before harvest day. If egg layers are more your style, its a good idea to have a replacement plan for your chickens and replace (harvest and hatch or otherwise) 1/3 of your flock each six to twelve months to assure you a constant supply of eggs. Do not overlook the fact that eggs and meat are MONEY! Learn how to barter with your bounty. You will come out the better on each deal, almost every time you exchange eggs or meat for product or services. YOU are in demand. Don’t forget about that.

Raising chickens does not have to be intimidating, and most people new to chickens really just want to have a regular supply of fresh eggs and or meat, and sometimes pets too. When someone calls me and says they want to start a pen of chickens, the first thing I ask if is this thier first attempt at raising poultry. If it is, then I try to gather as many details from the person to determine the level of interest and knowledge in poultry. Some folks tell me “my grandparents had chickens when I was a kid, so I think I can handle it…”

(yikes! shudder and cringe!!!!) I know these people are in for a tough time of raising chickens based on what they learned from their grandparents farm collecting eggs as a child…which makes them qualified to raise chickens today and relying only on those childhood memories. But this is how people learn I suppose.

What have I learned from MY repeated mistakes over the years? What are the biggest obstacles I faced when raising flocks of chickens: I have narrowed all of my problems into two main types:

1) Predators (bacteria and varmints)

2) Weather (bacteria and wind, rain, heat, cold & sudden temperature changes

Hmmmmm lets think what do these two problems have in common? Bacteria. I have found that when the temperature’s drop or rise more than 40 degrees in a 24 hour period. (this is almost common in Texas!) that the bacteria in the soil will begin to breed and spread like wildfire. Causing illness, slow growth or even death to your flocks. This is why I use natural and organic probiotics and have a regular regimen in dispensing to the flocks. In fact, I CAN”T raise chickens effective without it.

Moreover Its very important to have a goal when starting a chicken pen. Make a plan for yourself and family, set goals… don’t just “wing it!” To just build a coop and put chickens in may result in failure.


Raising chickens is not as easy as it looks. But having a pen of chickens does not have to be  hard either… its all about balance.  Don’t believe everything you read or hear. Poultry owners from chicken “clubs” forums or poultry meetups may not really be your friends.. although they all do have a common interest in raising poultry and the enjoyment. they mean well…. but are they giving you the correct advice? Shopping to swap or buy chickens is ASKING to spread diseases in your coop! Mixing flocks from several chicken swap clubs is NOT a good idea…

(the “b word folks” bacteria!)

What I have learned in raising chickens is that… there is ALWAYS more to learn. No one knows it all. Experience is the best teacher. So is ADMITTING your mistakes.

If along the way while raising chickens you determine what you are doing is not working, make a chart of your activities in and around your coop. This easy chart can be of help, please share it!  

If you are more adventuresome and want to build your “nest egg” and start a business. PLEASE start here first.  I’ll be happy to share my knowledge to help you start a sustainable meat or egg farm. What have I learned? Preventing mistakes is much easier than making mistakes and correcting it later.

To all the readers: happy clucking and I’ll write again soon!

Here Is An “Egg-celent” Idea For Community Fundraisers!


Start your own “Egg Co-op” and help YOUR community! Your chickens will pay for themselves, you can sell eggs for a fundraiser or feed the hungry AND have fun in the process! Lets ALL help each other. Today is the day.

Do you or your group organization need funds for your project? Consider an “egg carton fundraiser” Have people in your group to decorate EMPTY egg cartons with photos of coops, chickens or your school or church  or your club. Inside each egg carton place a “eggpon” (coupon)  for a FREE dozen eggs (or $2 off eggs)… when your chickens start laying, the customer gets the eggs.
SELL each egg carton to your members, parents, or people on your list. When your chickens lay eggs, the egg carton is returned  to you to get filled with fresh farm eggs. Sell decorated empty egg cartons with pre-paid coupons for $5 or $10 each!!!!! Its a GREAT way to spread information about your new community chicken coop! AND you get the funds you need today to raise your chickens and build your coop.
Call for FREE advice on starting your very own egg co-op just for fun and sharing or for regular year around fundraiser                                    profit! 281-627-8009
We will pledge our time, poultry and services to our community around us, or by phone anywhere in the USA. We will help you to successfully raise your flock, and to learn how harvest eggs or meat. This is a FREE service to companies, businesses, churches or community projects that want to offer eggs or meat chickens as a project to their group.Further, if possible Blue Star Ranch will also DONATE chickens to your legitimate business projects.
If you have skills in construction, building coops, driving, or if you can donate any supplies,(wood, wire, nails, tin)  (or call your local shelter, church or school where YOU live and help your neighbors in need where YOU live.)
Call or e-mail us now.sales@bluestar-ranch.com Also, if you just want to volunteer time to your community contact us because we are building community lists now.
This “Chicken Lady” believes that ALL of us can make a difference. Even me. I just raise chickens and I want to help the less fortunate with poultry meat and eggs. There are a lot of us in America today that have financial issues. Many food pantries are stretched to the limit in towns and churches have reached breaking points for many are at the doors knocking for help….But more and more of Americans are turning to the “new old fashioned ways” We now have more gardens, can our own healthy food. Its time America! Please pass this story on to your friends and family. God bless you all.

This is how you can help YOUR community with free eggs from you coop!


Consider starting your own neighborhood egg co-op. Each member in your group gets an “egg share allowance” from your coop per week. Great for friends, neighbors, churches, schools, and even fundraisers for your charity. Most people that have chickens enjoy the eggs (who doesn’t!) but lets look at what YOU can do to help your entire neighborhood.

Think about food pantries, homeless shelters, maybe even halfway houses that can always use extra food to share with the people inside the walls that depend on them for the next meal….      

We have all heard…..the quote  “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Proverb quotes

What about chickens and eggs? That’s right. Ask your friends to pitch in with labor or supplies on a “community coop” your DREAM coop to be kept in your yard or perhaps the back of a church or food pantry. (be sure to check the regulations and zoning permits in your area)

Be sure to follow us at Blue Star Ranch for more details on raising chickens for your community.   I PERSONALLY will donate my time via telephone to help anyone with this project. Raising chickens is my passion. Somehow, I just want to pass along my joy to others.                          


Caring For Chickens Natural Organic Probiotics

“Watch how we use Probiotics on our farm every day in this video. I believe in the power of probiotics for my poultry farm. This is a multi use product and I highly recommend it to prevent illnesses in chickens. This product has been tested in Universities around the world and is being used in 30 countries. No farm should be without this.” Mary Ann Fordyce owner

Probiotics “The Power Of Nature”


How Many? Which Breeds?

Who Many? Which Breeds?

Here is a STURDY breed for any beginner chicken owner Be SURE to use correct cleaners in your coop before adding chickens or starting a flock.