To Raise Or Not to Raise Chickens in the City
Should I or should I not raise chickens in my urban area?
For everyone that cannot decide whether or not to raise chickens in my local ne9ighborhood, let me assure you, it is not only beneficial in that you can get free eggs and other nice benefits, like free fertilizer, and keeping the yard bug free, it is also tons of fun as well as easier than one might think. All it takes is a little bit of research and some planning to get started. One of the first things that should be kept in mind and considered is that chickens are social animals and require the company of other chickens so, if you do decide to raise chickens in the city, you should get at least two chickens.
Here are some of the questions that you will need to answer first, and probably the most important, do the city ordinances, in the city I live in, allow me to raise chickens in the city limits? If the ordinances do not allow for chickens you will end up having to try to get rid of the chickens you have purchased, so before you purchase anything check the ordinances of not only your city but if you live in a deed restricted community you will need to check with the home owners association.
The next question, which will determine along with your local ordinances (some city’s limit the amount of chickens you can have), will determine how large a coop you can build or purchase. If you haven’t guessed it, the question is “How much space, do I need for a chicken coop?” The size of your coop will partially determine how many chickens you can keep because, overcrowding your chickens will adversely affect them, especially if you are raising chickens in the city for their eggs, unhappy or crowded chicken’s will not lay eggs on a regular basis.
Speaking of eggs brings us to the next question, “Why, do I want to raise chickens to begin with, is it for their eggs or is it for meat?” This question is important when determining what breed of chicken is best for you. Chickens bred for meat will reach slaughter weight in about twelve weeks and as with most chickens, will lay eggs at around six months old however, since bred for their meat the egg production may be spotty at best. Now on the other hand a chicken bred for her eggs will begin to produce around six months old and if kept happy and stress free, will lay at least one egg per day for many years to come.
Now you are probably asking yourself do I really have the time for taking care of chickens if I do decide to raise chickens in urban neighborhood? For my wife and I the chickens take less time to take care of them does my family dog or cat. If you allow your chickens to roam freely in your backyard, they will keep the yard bug free, between feeders that will have to be refilled every two to three days and the bugs in the backyard, feeding is fairly easing. The only thing left is to make sure they have plenty of fresh water, we usually will give them fresh water every day. A clean place to bed down for the night that is secured so they do not get attacked during the night from wild animals. In our case we have two guard dogs that keep wild animals out of the yard from harming the chickens.
Chickens are fun and economical to raise. Just check all the ordinances where you reside to make sure you will not be breaking any laws. My friend lives in a gated home community and she was told that she could not have chickens, she has 10 chickens on her property and the way she has their coop designed no one in the community even know she has chickens. So if you are thinking about raising chickens just do a little research and if your city or home owners association frowns on the idea of raising chickens do some research I bet you can find a way to have chickens without anyone knowing you have them.
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