Chickens

Urban Chickens

Urban chickens make great pets, plus they provide lots of eggs and fertilizer

Urban chickens are a great place to start when micro-farming. People have been keeping chickens in urban spaces since the evolution of villages into cities in ancient times. Chickens are low-tech, quiet, affectionate, and fulfill an important role within home kitchen waste reduction and composting systems. Not to mention we get tons of delicious eggs.

I currently have eight Bantam (miniature) sized hens ranging from two weeks old to over six years old. Each year we raise 4-5 chicks to replace the hens that are no longer laying due to age. Each lady has a name, a personality all of her own, and provides an egg a day depending on the temperature, season, and age of the chicken.

I typically collect six or seven eggs each morning, in addition to about two cups of organic fertilizer for my kitchen garden or worm composting system. In return, each morning I give them a big bowl of kitchen scraps including veggie peels, fruit cores, and food that goes bad in the fridge, supplemented with grain from Belmont Feed & Seed.

Coops

Cedar coops have nest boxes and heat lamps for winter. Quail are in the left coop, chickens in the right.

My chickens are allowed to range in our backyard area which measures 15 x 20 feet. They have a cedar two-story coop for shelter which holds a heat lamp, their feeder, and nest box. I use coffee chaff from Intelligentsia’s roastery as bedding, this breaks down wonderfully in the compost.

I occasionally have young hens for sale each spring, as well as free chicken fertilizer at all times.

eggs

Eggs from chickens and quail, they range from pink to brown, blue, green, white, and cream colored.

Dr. Beverly Crusher the Silkie always has a pink mohawk. She was raised in the kitchen and is very social.

chicks

Baby chicks.

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