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Garden Designs for the Urban Chicken Farmer


If you’re looking for a resource to help you design a garden that will work well with your hens, Free-Range Chicken Gardens may be a good resource. From the book’s website:

In Free-Range Chicken Gardens, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know, including chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans to get you started, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running. For anyone who wants a fabulous garden where colorful chickens happily roam, this essential handbook is the guide that will bring the dream home to roost.

Enjoy, and happy gardening!

4/12/2012: Chicks are at Belmont Feed and Seed!


We currently have in stock one-week-old sexed chicks:
Araucana/Americana chicks,
Golden Laced Wyandottes
Gray California Leghorns.

3 Araucana/Americana 6 week old pullets & 2 Black Austrolorps that are
now 9 weeks old.

Our next shipment, due to arrive April 24th, will include all sexed:
Barred Rocks
Black Austrolorps
Buff Orpingtons
Isa Browns/Red Stars
Black Sex Links
Rhode Island Red
Silver Laced Wyandottes
Black Jersey Giants (per customer request)

Our BEE KEEPING supplies, including the Bees, keep on streaming in.
Stop in for a look around or to place a special order.

Contact:

(773) 588-1144

3036 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

 

Poultry at Feed Store, Harlem and 55, Summit, IL


As of April 10, 2012,the Feed Store (Harlem and 55) currently has

  • sexed ISA brown and black Australorp pullets
  • straight-run Javas and coturnix quail

Will be getting on 4/20

  • sexed ISA browns, buff Orpingtons, silver-laced Wyandottes, araucanas
  • unsexed bronze and white turkeys
  • mallard, Pekin, and blue Swede ducks

For a link to their location, see the Resources tab.

Chick Stand to Keep Bedding Out of Water/Food


For those of you getting chicks this spring, the chick stand could be a handy solution to the messy problem of chicks dragging poop and bedding into their food and water.

As suggested by Deborah Niemann, author of Homegrown and Handmade, as the birds get larger, people often hang the feeder/waterer or put it on blocks, but the same simple idea could be applied to prevent the birds from soiling their food and water.

2/14/2012: Chicks have arrived at Belmont Feed and Seed


Chicks are coming today to
Belmont Feed & Seed
(773) 588-1144
3036 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

-Rhode Island Reds
-Isa Browns (Red Stars)
-Black Astralorps
-Buff Orpingtons
-Araucanas / Americanas
-Barred Rocks
-Golden Laced Wyandottes
-Silver Laced Wyandottes
-Assorted Bantams

Please call before driving in to confirm their arrival. Sometimes they
take 2 days for delivery.

Belmont Feed and Seed Ordering Chicks for Spring 2012


Spring is almost here and Belmont Feed and Seed is preparing for the first order of chicks.

The hatchery will ship out the first order on February 13, so the chicks should be here by the 15th. The current order includes

  • Rhode Island Reds
  • Barred Rocks
  • Golden-Laced Wyandottes
  • Silver-Laced Wyandottes
  • Araucanas / Ameraucanas
  • Black Australorps
  • Buff Orpingtons

Contact Lidia if there are other breeds you’d like to have: (773) 588-1144 or aandd8703@sbcglobal.net. Tell her I sent you!

Give the gift of …. chickens!


With the holidays approaching, I’m sure you chicken fanciers are perplexed about how to spread the chicken love with those who just don’t get your fowl proclivities.

Might I suggest spreading holiday cheer by giving… chickens!!

Heifer International, a 501(c)(3) charity, takes donations and uses the money to purchase farm animals for poor families in two-thirds world countries.

“Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.

By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.

With gifts of livestock and training, we help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of our mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.”

You can present a loved one with a certificate for a flock of chicks that was given to a needy family in Peru for as little as $20! Other options include ducks, rabbits, sheep, cows, and water buffalo.

Consider alternative giving for the holidays and share your love of chickens!

You can find more information about giving chicks through Heifer International on this page from the Heifer site.

Product Review: The Saltbox Coop from My Pet Chicken


A few of my clients have purchased “The Saltbox” coop from the My Pet Chicken site.

I had hoped to provide a product review on the  site, but there is no space to do so. so I’m posting a review below.

I do not recommend the Saltbox coop for a number of reasons.

1. The coop is too small for “3-4 hens” as it is advertised. This coop is not adequate housing for 3-4 hens, with or without a run. This product is poorly categorized and advertised. The following paragraph from the website is misleading:

Designed for up to 4 chickens
With plenty of roosting and nesting space, you can happily house up to four standard-size chickens, or up to six bantams. Keep in mind this coop, like every coop we sell at My Pet Chicken, is NOT intended for full-time confinement. The run is convenient when you can’t let your flock roam freely, but make sure your flock has several hours per day outside.

This coop is too tiny for 1-2 hens, even with a run.

The paragraph that follows recommends it as a broody box or hospital, which is a more accurate description.It also suggests that you’ll get a bigger coop soon.

We love this model for first-timers because it offers inexpensive entree into the hobby. If you’re like most of our customers, you’ll double or triple your flock within a few years, and you’ll end up having to build or buy a larger coop – but you’ll love having this one on hand. Whether you use it to isolate an injured or sick bird, to give a broody hen the space to hatch her own babies, or to transition new juvenile chicks to life “outdoors” while protecting them from your established flock, you’ll always be glad to have it around!

So why spend $400 on this one now? Better to spend a little more or pay someone to make it and get a more permanent solution!

2. The roosting and nesting area is not adequately ventilated. The hens will suffocate or die of heatstroke in the summer if the door is kept closed at night! A good coop needs to have some sort of ventilation/crossbreeze. I was assuming the window could be opened, but it cannot be.

3. The latches on the side doors are not “predator proof,” as advertised. A smart raccoon would figure out how to open these latches. They are well within easy reach of the roof. The kind of latches on the nesting box should be used on all doors to the coop.

4. The predrilled holes for the hardware are not properly placed. Once installed, the latches did not close at all for one of my clients, and the other client has to work at it to get the latch closed on the door to the roost area.

5. The wood splinters easily. My clients had splintering where they inserted the screws, and at the corners of the lift-off nest box lid. A hardwood, rather than a softwood,should have been used.

6. The drop tray is not deep enough to slide out with all the poop and bedding on it. It is far too shallow.It should be 1 1/2 – 2 inches deep to handle chicken litter.

7. There is no room to put the feeding/watering dishes, either hanging or on the ground. The site recommends, and my client purchased, the 11lb plastic feeder. However, if you add that to the enclosed wire area, that reduces the already scarce space. With the feeder and the waterer in this tiny coop, we would be better off raising quail! There is no room for the feeder, waterer, and 2 birds, let alone 4. Also, the frame and wood do not appear adequate to support a hanging feeder. They certainly could not support the hanging waterer.

8. The plastic waterer and feeder barely fit through the door. They have to be tilted sideways to fit through the door.

Poor product, misleading advertising! I’d be suspicious of their other coops’ quality and advertising claims, too.

The Urban Chicken Consultant Recommends Enslaved by Ducks


So what’s life like living with animals? Not just dogs and cats, but turkeys, ducks, rabbits, and exotic birds?

Check out Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte for the answer!

This book, written by a freelancer whose wife loves animals, contains witty, clever, and poignant stories/anecdotes about animal husbandry. A cute little bunny leads them to owning a veritable menagerie of fowl and other life forms, including ducks, budgies, doves, African greys, rabbits, and other assorted oddities.

It reminds me of my experiences as a kid! Lots of anthropomorphizing – and great fun!

The Urban Chicken Consultant Recommends: The Chicken Store


Back in 2000, I went on a cruise with my friends Bill and Vickie. We were biking around Key West, and I spotted a bike with a license plate that said “The Chicken Store.” I quickly flagged our tour guide, who didn’t understand my enthusiasm, but nevertheless agreed to take us to the Chicken Store on Duval Street.

Apparently Key West has feral chickens. Lots of ’em. They hatch cute fuzzy little chicks, the roosters crow, they cross the road, they annoy residents. And people abuse them by breaking their legs, shooting them with BB guns, and other such nonsense.

The Chicken Store takes in the injured chickens and rehabilitates them, and then adopts them out. They sell all kinds of great chicken-related paraphernalia to help with the rescue efforts. Next time you’re in Key West, check out this store!

There are pictures of the chickens of Key West, as well as chicken-related merchandise, on their site: TheChickenStore.com.