Raising chickens in the city and suburbs is becoming increasingly popular. If you’re considering raising your own chickens for eggs (and for fun!), have a look at our articles to help you get started and answer your questions:
Cost of Keeping Chickens
How much will it cost for those wonderful, free-range eggs laid in your backyard coop?
Are chickens worth the expense?
How long will it take to re-coop the start up costs?
The Realities of Raising Chickens
A lot of my friends have been interested in raising their own chickens in their suburban areas so I thought I would write a post on the realities of this age-old venture. Many of you know that my dad is a farmer and has many hobbies including raising chickens. I thought it would be great to get some insight as to how doable and how much work it is to raise chickens in a restricted space setting so I asked my dad for some advice.
Ten Benefits of Raising Chickens in the City
City dwelling chickens are all the rage! As more and more cities are adopting chicken-friendly zoning laws, more and more city folks are opting to raise chickens of their own. There are plenty of reasons to consider raising chickens in urban locations.
A Chicken’s Problems
Although chicken keeping is relatively stress free, occasionally problems arise within your flock.
How to Determine How Much Space Your Chickens Need in Their Coop
To determine how much space you’ll need for your chickens is a matter of very simple mathematics. The more chickens you have, the more space you’ll need.
Introducing New Chickens
I’m lucky to live in a city where there are no limits to the number of chickens you can have in your backyard flock. Still, when I got my first batch of chickens, I aimed low, as I was a bit nervous about having them. The problem is, I fell in love! And then, I instantly wanted more chickens! The first new chickens I introduced to the flock were easy. I’d only had my original batch for a few days and they were all small, fluffy, new to me and new to each other. They were also all less than a week old. The introduction went off without a hitch.
Introducing New Chickens to Your Existing Flock
Adding new chickens your flock of birds can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Every flock will have a period of adjustment, but with thoughtful planning, fighting can be kept to a minimum (in most cases). The goal is to have a happy, well-adjusted flock in the end, (with no blood shed or lost life). It is possible! First of all, it’s important to understand ‘chicken psychology’. If you understand how your birds tick, it will help you work with their natural inclinations instead of against them.
How to Keep a Chicken Happy
Why worry about keeping your chickens happy? Well, for one, they tend to fight less with each other when they’re content. They also tend to lay eggs more regularly. So happy chickens means happy chicken owners!
The Best Way to Keep a Chicken Coop Clean
A clean chicken coop is essential for the health of your flock. Dirty coops not only encourage disease and pests, they also stink and become a potential health hazard to humans (as well as making your neighbors unhappy). Keeping a clean coop doesn’t have to take a lot of work.
Chickens in Cold Weather: 8 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Backyard Flock Healthy and Warm
Keeping a small flock of chickens in your backyard means they will need some extra attention to make it through the winter safe, healthy, happy and warm. Where many large-scale farmers don’t go to the extra work to pamper their chicks, small flock farmers need to remember that a handful of chickens produce much less collective body heat than a large flock of 50 or more chickens. (You can tell if your chickens are cold if they fluff their feathers and stand on one foot. They’re trying to stay warm.)
How to Keep Your Chicken Waterer From Freezing
Chickens, as a rule, are pretty winter hardy animals. They can withstand some pretty cold temperatures (they’re covered with feathers, after all) if they have a sheltered, draft-free place to live. One of the biggest concerns for your backyard flock is keeping their water fresh and unfrozen in the cold winter months.