When I was growing up in the Hudson Valley, no one I knew had chickens. I am not sure if people back then ever realized that you could raise chicken in your own backyard. Thanks to Martha Stewart and a few others, it is hard nowadays to find a street in the Hudson Valley that doesn't have someone raising chickens.

Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I don't think I am too far off. I feel like at least 30 percent of my neighbors are raising some form of fowl. First, they said it was good for the yard and that the birds ate the ticks. Now it seems everyone is doing it for the eggs.

An Important Step to Raising Hudson Valley Chickens

No matter what the reason, if you decide it is time for your family to raise your own chickens, it is important that you understand all that is involved in having these birds in your life. They need care, shelter, and planning. It is important that before you take on chickens you talk to chicken professionals.

Photo by Natalie Rhea on Unsplash
Photo by Natalie Rhea on Unsplash

Obviously, consulting a friend who is already raising birds is an option, but another way to go is to check-in at your local farm store for classes or events. Beck's Home & Garden in Pine Bush, New York is holding their Beck's Peep Show on March 12, 2022, from 1 PM to 3 PM. This is a great place to start.

An introduction to the benefits of chick keeping and what breeds will be best for you! Our expert peep keeper will be in store to share her experiences with her chicks. (Beck's Peep Show via Facebook)


Some Other Things to Think About Before You Raise Hudson Valley Chickens

A few things you want to keep in mind before you commit to raising chickens are if you will have the time, does where you live even allow you to have the birds, and finally, what will you do with all those eggs. Also, keep in mind that chickens have predators such as coyotes and foxes so be prepared for them to visit.

You Are Going to Want to Still Eat Your Wings Out

24 Best Hudson Valley Restaurants for Chicken Wings

With the Super Bowl coming up, get your wing order ready! These Hudson Valley restaurants have a rating of no less than 4-stars on Tripadvisor.

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