Asked on May 9, 2017

I need advise about raising chickens in an urban area....

EllisReiner MacPhailJw_7101187
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the coop, the chickens, the good, the bad & the everything!
5 answers
  • Stephen Taylor
    on May 9, 2017

    There is usually a limit to how many you can keep in urban areas, feed them decent food, they need more than just scraps so kibbled maize and peck and lay. Change bedding regularily (I use shredded paper as work has a lot of it as waste so its free) check for mites regularily (tiny black specks like a pinpoint) they bite but bon't like peoples blood so it just itches. Can be treated with fossil shell flour. chooks can be really friendly and come for a cuddle Brown shavers are better layers, bantams have smaller eggs and tend to be less friendly, Lots of info in Backyardchickens.com
  • Jw_7101187
    on May 9, 2017

    We have 3 rhode island reds. We get 3 eggs a day and they are pets which give us so Much pleasure. Hubby built a chicken tractor that we got plans for off the internet. Looks like a little hotel. They have a run under the coop, but we let them out during the day, even in winter. They love having a yard to run around in. We clean up after them to keep the yard neat. We feed them scratch feed and chicken crumbs, but also a lot of treats from left overall. No meat. They love watermelon and come a running whenever they hear our voice. Best pets ever. Eggs are a bonus. We live in a village in Canada and I've heard other cluckers during walks through town. You won't regret doing this. Just keep them clean and they'll be healthy.

  • Jw_7101187
    on May 9, 2017

    P.s. I'm looking forward to having them eat all the bugs from my veggie garden. Now that's organic.
  • Reiner MacPhail
    on May 10, 2017

    They bring more pleasure as pets, then you can ever imagin. I have owned chickens for the past 5 years, and raised them when I was a teenage. They all have very different personalities and are fun to watch. Mine right now are mostly rescued birds, I operate a small rescue called " Freedom Reins Rescue " which you can find on Facebook. I have mine fenced in with an electric chicken fence. I currently have 9 hens and 1 rooster. All are named and feed organic feed Plus fresh fruit and veggies. Ask me any questions you like! I'd be happy to help you as much as I can.
  • Ellis
    on May 10, 2017

    First check local ordinances. Many urban areas won't allow a chicken coop. You don't want to have to give up your flock after you've started.
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