I had a flock of 25 hens and a rooster in Cincinnati, 10 minutes from downtown.
I had a 250 sq. foot coop and a 500 sq. foot fenced yard- with netting on top
to stop racoons from coming in a nd chickens flying out. We fed them inmedicted
feed and weeds bad vegies from the garden. They paid their own way plus some
with sales of eggs to a local food co-op and neighbors. We also raised our own
chicks by letting one of the "good mother" hens set when she got broody- never
lost a chick.
There's a section on coop construction and organic raising in "Build it Better
Yourself" from Rodale (out of print, but I found a copy in a used book store).
Also, "The Homesteader's Handbook to Raising Small Livestock" by Jerome
Balinger, Rodale press, has a good section on chickens. I haven't seen anything
recently because I now farm in a suburban area where farm animals are
Hope this helps
Alex, Walden Farm
> >After reading all the banter about chickens, and visiting the Arkansas =
> >Conservation District Chicken Composting Website (sorry, I don't have =
> >the address, but it's disgusting), I am considering raising a few =
> >'chooks' of my own. Can someone suggest a primer on sustainable small =
> >scale (very small) production, for a suburbanite raised beginner? I =
> >have an existing chicken coup, pasture, stream, and foxes. Thanks.
> Below is one of the more complete books for backyard chicken raising. We
> have our first six chicks (sorry, can't get myself to say 'chooks'!) about
> to go into the coop I finished last weekend. Electric fencing is necessary
> if you have foxes (remember all those great saturday morning cartoons of
> the fox in the henhouse?). Try Premier fencing -- they are the most
> affordable I've found. Also consider getting some old-fashioned backyard
> birds (Dominique, Java, etc). They are good layers, good for meat but also
> very thorough foragers. More slow growing than the typical broiler, but
> you are not a contract grower so you can wait!
> Just my two egg's worth.
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