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Interested in raising chickens in the city? Not sure if it is allowed? Jordan Walker, the lead content curator of Coops And Cages, answers these questions that are commonly baffling interested breeders.
Chickens are very inexpensive pets. Not only are they easy to maintain, but they also produce eggs every now and then. Plus, kids can also have fun with them on occasion since chickens also serve as very great pets. With these numerous benefits, it’s no wonder people would like to raise chickens in the city. Is this possible though?
Local Laws and Regulations
Hens make the perfect addition to any backyard. However, you should first check if there are any local ordinances barring the raising of chickens. More often than not, these ordinances don’t really ban them but actually put certain requirements in place so as to keep everybody happy. Some of these regulations include but aren’t limited to the proper use of chicken enclosures, limitation on the number of chickens per household, and possibly mandatory inspections and vaccinations.
Even if you’ve verified that the law has provisions for chicken breeding, you still need to maintain a healthy relationship with your neighbors. Else, they can raise concerns with public offices and courts if the chickens annoy them. Be sure you check if the whole thing is alright with them. It even helps to commit to having no roosters around and offering free eggs every now and then to appease them.
While chickens do appreciate having huge space to roam around, they are also fine cooped up in a secure space. Chickens are pretty much the bottom of the food chain and are prone to being snatched by predators such as raccoons, dogs, cats and other animals.
Coops and chicken enclosures are also great for protecting them against harsh weather and at the same time giving them some run space for fresh air purposes.
It isn’t impossible to raise chickens in the city. Chickens are great additions to any household and they help provide more food for the residents. Additionally, they also make excellent pets due to their calm demeanor. As long as you are clear with the law and your neighbors, you can raise them as you see fit.
      
Author: Jordan Walker
Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can contact him via Google+ or via Twitter
Most new chicken keepers worry about their flock when the temperatures drop. The biggest concern is whether or not a heat source should be added.
If you have provided your flock with adequate shelter from the wind and rain or snow, and there’s plenty of hay or straw in their house, I don’t recommend adding a heat source.
The extra things you can do to help your chickens fair the bitter cold is to give them scratch feed before bed and first thing in the morning. This is a hot feed and will help them stay warm, not to mention they love it. If you are worried about frost bite, the best solution is to apply Vaseline to their combs and wattles.
Your chickens will huddle together to stay warm. For peace of mind, stick your hand down between them at night and you’ll be pleased to find they are toasty warm. Chickens are hardy creatures, so my best advice is to not over think the questions involved in caring for them.
Remember, chickens in numbers are warm, and they acclimate rather quickly to temperature changes. If you have young birds that are just out of the brooder, a heat source is necessary until they are fully feathered, usually at about eight weeks of age. Just make sure they have been introduced to the cold and have been given time to acclimate.
Raising Chickens in Cold Country
Cold Weather Care
Pouring rain, in the 50’s, and I have 10 week old Silkie chicks who haven’t figured out their shelter is the comfort zone. I know in time they’ll all march into their raised dog house filled with hay every night to roost, but for now it’s become a manual job for me.
When weather threatens the chicks well being it’s more than a chore, it’s a problem. I couldn’t keep them safe from the elements yesterday, they were wet, and their food source was in the shelter to keep from ruin. Without a door on the shelter there was no way to keep them inside, so I went to the garage and rifled through my stash of
junk treasures looking for a solution.
Last year I bought a new stove, I felt foolish removing the oven racks and saving them, but I did it anyway. They could be used to cover a brooder box, or an emergency make- shift door on a kennel, or maybe to repair a fence.. who knows! Well, wouldn’t you know, my oven rack was a perfect fit over the opening of the coop for the chicks. Whew! All the girls are toasty warm in their shelter and Mom can relax without worry.
Heavy rain is in the forecast starting today at 4pm and is predicted to last through Saturday. This will be the first rain my just over two month old Silkie chicks have ever seen. They’re still not going into their coop at night by themselves. However, last night, when I went to put them to bed they were all gathered on the ladder just one step away from the door. That’s a welcomed improvement, I’m kinda over having to go out to the coop in the dark every night, pick up each bird one by one and place them in their nests.
Their enclosure doesn’t have a roof, so their coop and the space beneath it is their only source of shelter. It’s all adequate for their comfort, at least it would be if they’d just use it.
So, I spent the morning putting food and water in the sheltered areas, of course this was a major ordeal because I’m never satisfied with a temporary fix. Not only did I want a permanent hanging feeder and drinker, but it had to be somewhat aesthetically appealing too. I know, Really?
Under the Coop
Sheltered Roost Area
My new used garage sale shed on the patio was filled with everything a gal needs to complete this rush order project. I’ve become quite handy with PVC pipe and an array of fasteners… I love fasteners!
It’s a good morning, everything on the farm has been tied down, covered, locked, and ready to ride out the storm.
Bring it on!