Chickens in the city?
You might be surprised to hear this, but chickens as
urban pets are not a new phenomenon. During World War II, the government actually
encouraged citizens to keep chickens and even pigs in their cities so more meat could go to
help feed the soldiers!
Now, chickens are making a
in cities, since they require little space,
provide healthy and local eggs, and are fun to raise! Here are a few things to
consider when building a chicken coop in your urban environment.
Check your local Regulations
First, you need to make sure it’s
legal. About 65 percent of US cities currently allow their citizens to raise
chickens, so check on the rules where you live. In addition, it is often against the law to
keep roosters within city limits, since they make noise all day long and often drive
How Much Space Do You Need?
Do you have enough
space for your chickens? Chickens require around four square feet each, and you need
to build a coop as well as providing outdoor space or enclosure for them to
exercise and scratch in.
You can save a lot of time and money by having a resource
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Among animals that can be kept as pets, chickens are some of the most
space-efficient, but they do need to be kept outdoors, so be sure you can manage this
where you live.
Consider Your Neighbors
Raising chickens in the
city is becoming quite popular, but unless your nearest neighbors are out of sight and
hearing, you should consider the impact of your chicken house project on
Common sense says that talking
with neighbors beforehand could save a lot of headaches! Let them know about your
plans. Make sure that your coop is not an eyesore. Offering them a share of
"farm fresh eggs" should go a long way to gaining their enthusiastic support.
Finally, it’s important to
choose the right chicken coop design for your situation. You need to consider how much
space you can devote to a chicken coop outside while still giving them enough room to strut around and
In a city, you might not need to
protect your chickens from foxes, but hawks, dogs and cats can
still pose a threat. If you feel that chickens are right for you, just Click Here! to get started on your own flock!