About Farmstead Chickens
This articles and information here are intended to help answer questions you may have about breeding and raising chickens for practical use on a small family farm or homestead.
About Matthew Pressly
I began raising chickens as a child and have been raising them most of my adult life. I find them to be fascinating, enjoyable and extremely practical.
I began breeding chickens in 2015, out of an interest in learning how to sustain and perpetuate a flock and a desire to learn more about breeding livestock.
We currently raise a flock of about 30 to 120 Black Australorps on our 10-acre central Texas homestead. The Australorps have proven to be an excellent breed to raise both for meat and eggs and have adapted well to our (often) warm and unpredictable climate.
Seminars, Workshops and Classes
How to Keep Your Laying Flock Productive
In this workshop, we explore how to raise and maintain a productive egg laying flock. Among other things, I'll discuss care, raising replacement layers, culling and the question of how to know which hens are laying well and which ones aren't.
In this seminar, I present the pros and cons of different types of housing and show which ones are a better fit for different types of situations, including management style, amount and type of land, etc.
How to Improve and Perpetuate Your Flock
Chickens are remarkable. They produce fresh food in family-sized portions, both meat and eggs. They’re adaptable to a wide range of climates and varied purposes. Their manure, if properly managed, can build your land’s soil fertility. They’re excellent foragers. And they’re easy to take care of. Once you’ve begun raising a flock and have mastered the basics, you can learn how to improve and perpetuate your flock. In this seminar, we discuss these things and how they can come together on your small farm or family homestead.
I also help to teach poultry classes at The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture.