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Many people think you have to have lots of chickens and even a rooster to have plenty of eggs. The truth is chickens will lay eggs with no rooster in site! Also three or four good laying hens will produce three or four eggs almost every day. That adds up to about 20 eggs or more each week! Usually that is plenty eggs for the average family.

Keeping a smaller number of chickens also makes feed bills smaller and care so much easier.

I have kept four hens on average in my backyard City Biddy Hen House (http://www.uBuilderPlans.com) for the last six years. They have kept my family in all of the fresh eggs that we need. In addition my hens make good use of any table or vegetable scraps, provide high quality fertilizer for my garden, eat insects in the yard and are pretty good company as well.

It is amazing how tame and friendly the chickens can become.


Green Obsession (Still!): Chicken Coops by Urban Hens | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/25/10 08:46 PM

http://www.uBuilderPlans.com is also a great resource for people interested in backyard chickens. They have articles about chick brooding and chicken care for beginners and a Poultry 101 with answers to lots of common questions.


Chicken Coop Inspiration Resource: Backyard Chickens | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/25/10 08:36 PM

They raise chickens in New York, in Hollywood CA and in lots of other really BIG cities across the country.

I think the backyard chicken is definitely worth a new look.

Keeping chickens is the very best way to source the best local food we could ever get and teach our kids respect and appreciation for the animals that provide our food.

I have had backyard chickens since my kids were little. Having a cute easy to care for coop is the secret to success. I have had my City Biddy Hen House coop for the last six years and it works great.


Urban Agriculture: Raising Chickens in New York City | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/25/10 09:59 AM

I built my City Biddy Hen House using a professionally drawn plan from http://www.uBuilderPlans.com

Since I used a plan I was able to use a large percentage of re-claimed and used lumber and still get an attractive and solidly built coop that has already lasted me about 6 years. The plan was very easy to use as well and did not require many tools.

In my opinion building your own is the way to go.


Green Obsession: Chicken Coops | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/25/10 09:54 AM

Lots of people out there are awakening to the idea of backyard chickens. Because of that LOTS of laws have been recently changed. Near us several people got together and took their local government to task. The same group of people who prohibited fowl only a few years ago has now changed the laws. Overland Park, Kansas (the biggest city IN Kansas) now allows chickens. So does Hollywood. CA New York City, NY and many many other major cities. I try to post "Chickens in the News" info when ever I find it. http://www.uBuilderPlans.com

If you want backyard chickens in your area try to make contact with others in your area that feel the same. This is a government by and for the people. Let's change some things!


The Return of the Backyard Chicken The New Yorker | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/25/10 09:50 AM

Proof positive that the backyard chicken has come back to stay!

A backyard coop needs to be designed around the needs of the chicken as well as be easy to maintain and pleasant on the eye. I have had my own City Biddy Hen House for about 6 years now and it still is one of the best investments I ever made for my urban lifestyle.

Where we live the temperature varies widely from about 25 below wind chills in winter to over 100 degrees in the summer. You need to be certain that any coop you build can provide the proper protection for your hens through all of the seasons like my coop does. I got my plans at http://www.uBuilderPlans.com

Finally, since I built my coop using a plan I was able to make it and even more eco-friendly choice by using a large percentage of used lumber to build it with. If we are trying to live a better greener lifestyle we need to do it all of the way. Having backyard chickens is just another way to stay connected to our food source and teach our children to respect the world in which we live.


Pimp My Coop: Cool Cribs For Backyard Chickens Roundup | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/25/10 09:21 AM

My favorite site needs to be included in this list as well. http://www.uBuilderPlans.com

They have lots of information for the beginning chicken keeper, articles on container gardening, small space urban gardening and how to lessons on many self sufficient topics. Really a go to site.


Backyard Farmers: 25 Websites You Should Be Reading | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/9/10 04:27 PM