Excellent Resource for Raising Chickens in Town

| 1/30/2009 8:17:00 AM

Urban chickens make lovely eggs.

Urban Chickens logo.The other day I stumbled across a wonderful website that’s devoted to helping folks raise chickens in urban and suburban residential environments. The website,  UrbanChickens.org (Albuquerque, NM) is the brainchild of  KT LaBadie and her husband Mark Scully … the couple founded the website in 2007 after KT gave a presentation on the benefits of chickens in urban environments in one of her graduate planning classes. “This presentation sparked a lot of interest from fellow classmates who were unaware of Albuquerque’s chicken friendly ordinances and zoning,” KT says. “This prompted Mark and me to start the Albuquerque Urban Chickens group as a way to educate the local public and teach urban chicken keeping classes.”

Urban hen with her chicks.

From this local start, the chicken-loving couple took their project worldwide with the goal of encouraging and helping folks around the globe to raise chickens in town. The website is a treasure trove of information covering everything from the fundamentals of chicken keeping to navigating murky municipal waters. Although KT and Mark are passionate urban farmers, their advice and wisdom, and that of the many forum contributors, is relevant to virtually any small-scale chicken operation anywhere.

KT and Mark live in Albuquerque with their four chickens Gloria, Switters, Omelet and Buffy. If you fancy fowl, check out the Urban Chickens website … and if you have any insight and experience to share, don’t be shy about doing just that.

Logo and photos courtesy KT LaBadie.

Laurie McNeely
7/11/2009 2:00:17 PM

I've raised chickens for many years and recently ran across a great idea that really works well. I have a small room at the back of my chicken coop that I use to keep chicks until they are old enough to range free. I normally put down pine chips but was looking for a better solution. Now, I put down a good layer of newspaper, then took some old screen from doors or windows and duct-taped them together to fit the floor exactly. This keeps the babies from slipping and possibly hurting themselves. It also allows the wetness of the droppings to be absorbed by the paper underneath and I can sweep up most of the dried droppings on top. Every week, take the screen out and hose it off, throw away or put down a fresh layer of newspaper, then the clean screen. Also keeps them from ingesting wood chips!

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