- Self-Sufficiency and Sustainable Living
- Free fertilizer
- Heritage Chickens
- Ordinance Requirements
- Resources: online, books, local sites
Of course, Community Chickens is one of my favorite online sites! I enjoy the biweekly newsletters and reading the comments, suggestions and advice from chicken keepers throughout the worldwide community … Its Facebook page is also a great social site to share photos, ask questions or just follow the posts of other chicken enthusiasts!
This is valuable site for new and experienced chicken keepers. Its forum always has hundreds of online members ready to answer any question you might have. The site also has a huge selection of coop designs/photos (many with free blueprints). There’s also a learning center that includes everything from raising chicks to maintaining a healthy flock. One fun feature on this site: You can design your own web page and share photos and stories of your coop and flock!
Grit’s Guide to Backyard Chickens
- Surround the garden with a double-fenced chicken yard, or “moat,” creating a bug-free, weed-free zone.
- Let chickens into your garden late in the day, giving them an hour or so to eat bugs and nip leaves, but not enough time to do serious damage.
- Divide the garden area in two with the chicken house in the middle. Garden on one side and confine the chickens to the other, alternating these uses annually.
For those of us who sometimes would rather thumb through a book than the Internet, here’s an additional book by Gail Damerow that I think is a great “search engine” for all chicken-related info… I enjoy how this book is arranged in an easy A to Z format, and it’s full of detailed definitions, color photos, illustrations, charts, tips, etc. Once you start browsing through this book, it’s hard to put it down!
Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard by Jessi Bloom
As a gardener with a flock of chickens, this is my top choice in chicken-resource books! Not only does it cover the basics (how to care for new chicks, coop requirements, etc.), but it’s written with a gardener in mind. It includes many tips on how to protect your plants, garden designs, lists of plants chickens prefer or will avoid. Not only is the book well-written and informative, it’s full of wonderful photos of chickens, gardens, coops and more. Of course, this book couldn’t have come at a better time, as I’m preparing a presentation on “Gardening with Chickens!”