Urban Chicken Coops on City Tour (video)

Have you ever considered raising chickens in your urban backyard? I have, and, fortunately, it’s allowable where I live. I really like the idea of having fresh eggs right outside the door. And, because of my vegetable garden, it would be great to have more manure close by. Then there’s the added bonus of turning table scraps into eggs, too. You can begin to see how this idea may be catching on across the country?

I live in a community where raising chickens in an urban setting is embraced: Portland, Oregon. There are ongoing backyard chicken workshops, stores with supplies just for chickens, and the yearly Tour de Coops, where curiosity seekers and seekers of chicken raising answers go to roam various backyards and talk to current backyard chicken farmers.

a dozen different mamas

A dozen different eggs;
a dozen different mamas

This year I stopped in at Jeffry Crinklaw’s house, er, backyard and got to see what he and his wife had created for their ‘girls’. I was amazed at the different varieties and all the different types of eggs they collected. All this opened new possibilities: what kind of coop will I have and what kind of chickens? A few more steps closer, and confident, toward making it happen for me. And my neighbors!


  1. says

    Christine: thanks for you input – I will check out your book. Maybe I’ll get some ideas for our coop-to-be!

    Renee: Sweet! You adopted an orphan chick! How long before you start getting eggs from your chicks? You mentioned 5 more months…how long have you had them? Can you tell I could use a starter course?! I think I’ll take one *and* do lots of reading. Y’know, if we go back far enough (some less than others) many of our relatives raised chickens and/or lived on a farm. It was a way of life for so many. Can’t locate the exact number, but I’ve read between 20-30% of the population lived on farms in 1930. Yet raising chickens seems such a foreign concept. Getting over that and looking forward to those fresh eggs too!

  2. says

    I loved your video tour of the urban chicken coop. Our family has also recently embarked on backyard chicken keeping. We have three, which is our municipally allowed limit… no roosters. The first was a rescue chick. We were visiting a friends farm and heard it cheeping from under a bucket lit in the pig shed. The farmer told us that since we found it we were responsible for it and that he expected us to take it home and raise it. Up to that point, I was the one kicking around the idea of backyard chickens after following @Happychickens on Twitter (dynamic young man). My grandparents and great grandparents kept them on their farms, but I hadn’t considered them as a viable option for an urban homestead before. Since we brought Willow home and bought 2 more baby hens for company, my whole family has become enthused with chickens. They are truly a delight to watch, to interact with and to care for. We’ve chosen to build an urban chicken tractor so that their coop can be moved around the yard (and hopefully won’t burn a particular area). Whenever one of us is outside and can watch for would-be predators, they can roam freely outside of that enclosure. We look forward to their help with recycling veggie and fruit scraps, their contributions to the compost bin with their droppings and most of all for fresh eggs in about 5 more months. I hope this video inspires others to take the leap of faith… you can do it too!

  3. says

    So glad to hear you took the plunge! Looking back, is there anything you might do differently now? My game plan is to put together a coop over the winter, then come Spring, get a few hens. Can’t wait for the eggs, and I know my garden will appreciate the food too!

  4. says

    My daughter has always loved chickens and coveted the ones that belonged to a friend. When we joined 4H last year, she started learning about chickens and how to take care of them…and lobbied to get some of our own. Now, I think I love them as much (or more) than she does! I find myself watching their silly antics as I drink my morning coffee – and am grateful every time I crack open a fresh egg. The best part is that they eat lots of our food scraps – and give us eggs and fertilizer, in return.

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