I’m VERY excited to announce the release of the all new Chicken Keeping Hub.

What is it?

The Chicken Keeping Hub is ONE place, where people can go to learn about natural Chicken Keeping.

Why I created the Chicken Keeping Hub

When I first started out with Backyard Chickens, I had no idea what I was doing. So I would turn to the internet looking for answers. I had questions like:

  • "Whats the best type of feed for my chickens"
  • "Why have my chickens stopped laying"
  • "How do I keep rats away from my coop"
  • "How do I stop my chickens from tearing up the garden"

To find answers, I would find myself reading through blog after blog and spending hours digging through forum posts.

It was difficult to find the right answers from sources I could trust, because there is so much conflicting advice out there.

It was a huge pain!

And I almost gave up on chickens!

But instead I dug deeper and went well beyond the generic chicken keeping advice.

To get to the facts, I stripped things back to first principles.

What does this mean?

First I started by studying and learning from nature. With backyard chickens, this means studying the evolution and domestication of chickens.

  • Where did chickens evolve from?
  • How did their wild ancestors live?
  • What is their natural diet?
  • What is their natural habitat?
  • What are their instinctive and natural behaviours?
  • What changes came about from domestication?
  • How does the chickens digestive system work and what are they designed to eat?

Next, I used everything I learnt from studying chickens, to create a natural approach to chicken keeping in a backyard situation. This is an approach which (as much as possible) replicates their natural environment and works with their natural behaviours and biology. At the same time, it makes the most of synergies available in a backyard environment (such as food scrapes).

Sitting behind this is a much bigger purpose.

I started Patch to Table, because of my passion for food and belief in the power of healthy and sustainable food, grown in your backyard and cooked at home.

And naturally raised backyard chickens are an important part of this and the perfect place to start.

Which is why I decided to create ONE place where people could go to learn about natural Chicken Keeping.

You can check out the free library of resources on the Chicken Keeping Hub right here:

Initially it's focused on how to feed your chickens. But it's a work in progress and will expand over time to cover all the different areas of chicken keeping.

I’d love to hear what you think about the new Chicken Keeping Hub.

In particular, I’d like to know:

"What’s the #1 thing you want to learn about Chicken Keeping right now?"

I plan on adding a lot more content to the hub soon.

So let me know if you have any topic ideas or suggestions


  • Erik van Lennep says:

    I’m very interested in heritage breeds and land races, especially learning from others who are going about re-localizing varieties most suited to their region, changing climate conditions, and multi-purpose qualities (eg: eggs and meat, broodiness as a plus, hardiness, pest control…)

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