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.
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!