Can you raise chickens in the city?

City dwelling chickens are fashionable! As more and more urban centers are adopting chicken-friendly zoning laws, more and more city folks are opting to raise chickens of their own. There are heaps of reasons to consider raising chickens in urban locations. Here are a few of them:

1. Chickens are low-maintenance pets. You do not have to take them out for daily walks and buy them toys and teach them tricks. They're content with food, water, and adequate shelter (approximately 4 square feet per chicken) to avoid cramped conditions.

2. Chickens are cheap pets ( no pun meant). The only real major expense in having chickens is developing (or buying) a chicken coop. Otherwise, their food ( which is less than $15 for 50 lbs) and basic care is minimal. Even chicks are inexpensive-you can buy them for between $2-5 each.

3. You have access to a great deal of fresh eggs. You can in the main expect an egg a day from most chickens (although this number varies depending on the breed, health and various conditions of your chicken). These eggs are healthier for you and look and taste better too. What other pet will pay for their room and board like this?

4. Chickens give you free fertilizer. If you own chickens of your own, there won't ever be a reason to buy chicken manure again! You will have a new supply. Add can compost to your compost bin or utilize a deep litter method in your hen house and let the chickens compost it for you.

5. You will be raising natural bug killers. They love bugs and worms and various crawly things and are more than happy to eat them out of the yard for you.

6. Chickens are more entertaining than visiting the comedy club. Chicken watching is a fantastic, free hobby. I'm convinced that hanging out with chickens reduces stress. (At least it's worked with my family-even calming the most hyperactive children!) Since laughter is good medicine and being happy helps you live longer, you may even reason that having chickens will help you get older...but not before you're time!

7. Chickens are in general gentle, sweet animals- in particular when they get heaps of handling when they're small. Our chickens come when called and will sit quietly with children for over an hour at a time. A pal told me of their son who would bike around the neighborhood with his pet chicken riding on the handlebars.

8. Chickens do not get too big. They do not take up a massive sum of space and they don't consume a massive sum of food. They're a good fit for the majority of urban backyards (and way more economical than several other pets).

9. You do not have to be an expert to have chickens. With a little basic information, you can find out about as you go. It's simple to get moving and simple to keep going.

10. Content chickens don't make a ton of noise. Yes, they like to talk to each other. And yes, they like to squawk to congratulate each other when they lay an egg. But in the main they should not make so much noise that they annoy you or the neighbors (unless you happen to have a rooster in the bunch-then beware!)

Before you invest in a chicken raising adventure in the city, check your local ordinances (and HOA's) to make certain they're legal where you live. Most urban centers have rules as to the number of chickens you might have (and most won't allow roosters). There also may well be rules as to where the chicken coop must be located ( the number of feet clear of the neighbors or from the front property line, etc.) Determining the particulars before you get moving will save time finally.

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