With the recent egg recall leading many consumers to doubt the safety of store-bought eggs, more people are joining the urban chicken movement. In fact, an increasing number of cities are passing ordinances and offering permits to allow city dwellers to raise chickens in their backyards. Here are some practical tips to help you decide whether or not to join this movement yourself:
Controlling the Food Source
Not only can you avoid food poisoning issues with your own eggs that these chickens provide, but you can avoid growth hormones and antibiotics. Also, you can be assured the source of your eggs, the chickens, are raised humanely by avoiding factory farm eggs.
Chickens Provide Great Fertilizer
Chicken manure can be a wonderful fertilizer for your garden. To help with using this manure, you can build or buy a chicken tractor, which is a portable chicken coop, or a small chicken coop with wheels and no flooring. This gives the chicken a new source of grass and dirt while helping to fertilize different areas of your yard.
Legal Information Readily Available
You can easily find out whether or not owning chickens is legal in your area. The City Chicken has a detailed listing of various laws in different areas. Sometimes the laws are specific on how many chickens or roosters you can or can’t have. If you can’t find your particular city on this website or need more information, you should call your local city hall to find out specific rules you need to follow.
Supplies Easy to Get
Once you decide to commit to an urban chicken coop, there are some great websites to help you in getting the appropriate supplies. ShoptheCoop.com has chicken coop heaters for protecting your chickens in the cold weather and the Critter-Cages.com has a number of types of hutches you can buy for your chickens.
Chickens are Easy to Find
Another factor to consider when participating in the urban chicken movement is where to get your chickens. One option to consider is chicken adoption. For example, you find your chicken via the pet adoption site Petfinder.org. Most likely you will find an adult chicken that really needs a home. If you want young chickens, or chicks, you probably will have to buy them. You can check out your local feed store or even find some good options on Craigslist.com.
Ample Online Support
With the urban chicken movement continuing to take hold, there is ample online support to help you in every step of your journey, such as Urban-Chickens.com. At BackyardChickens.com you can access message boards, coop designs, and even image galleries of people’s chickens and where you can upload your own pictures.