I would think that most people who launch out into homesteading bring on chickens first. After all, they’re relatively low maintenance and can be instantly productive.
We did not follow that path, however, because frankly we had other more important issues to deal with. Issue #1 was tick control. We raised guineas from a couple weeks old to help us eat the ticks. FYI, if you don’t already know this, guinea fowl are your #1 bird for tick control. You just have to accept the noise as part of the package. Read more