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Backyard Chickens

Backyard ChickensKeeping chickens on a small urban homestead -otherwise known as a backyard.Sara Tetreault www.GoGingham.com {stylishly frugal living}

Are backyard chickens right for you?City and county ordinancesSpace requirementsLabor and timeSupplies and materials

Sara Tetreault www.GoGingham.com {stylishly frugal living}chick to laying hen = takes about 5 to 6 monthsConsiderations

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City and county ordinancesCan you keep chickens in your backyard?Most cities dont allow roostersLiving space (coop) requirement:Minimum 2+ square feet/chickenSara Tetreault www.GoGingham.com {stylishly frugal living}

Are backyard chickens right for you?

Raising chicks = brooderKeeping chickens = coop

LocationWarm/CoolSafeDry

Sara Tetreault www.GoGingham.com {stylishly frugal living}

Are backyard chickens right for you?Space requirements

Daily = 10 minutes, let chickens out, collect eggs, check food and waterWeekly = 20 minutes to clean out coopSeasonally = 30 minutes, to muck out run areaSara Tetreault www.GoGingham.com {stylishly frugal living}

Are backyard chickens right for you?Labor and time

Cost: initial set-up coop and runBuild your own coop $0 - $200Purchase coop $200 - $1,000Cost: ongoingFeed = 50 pound bag = $15 to $20 every 2 monthsOyster shell = inexpensive forming shellsPine shavings = inexpensive - bedding

Sara Tetreault www.GoGingham.com {stylishly frugal living}Are backyard chickens right for you?Supplies and materials

GoodEasy, sweet petsMore interesting than TV Chick ChannelEat slugs in gardenWaste is good for compostChicks are cuteFresh eggs

BadVulnerable, illnessExit strategy = re-homeGoing to the FarmEat everything in gardenMuck out run area = smellChicks = rooster possibilityNeed chicken sitter

Sara Tetreault www.GoGingham.com {stylishly frugal living}Are backyard chickens right for you?The good and the bad

Backyard ChickensSara Tetreault www.GoGingham.com {stylishly frugal living}

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