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Everything You Need for Urban Chicken Raising from The Chicken Whisperer

Backyard Chicken Coops for the City Chick

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Small Chicken Farming

Andy Schneider has become famous in his own Alpharetta, Georgia as well as throughout the United States as a top chicken whisperer. He helps people raise chickens in the city and country.

As an advocate for human chicken raising and egg production, he promotes the concept of fewer chicken and egg farms and a greater number of small back yard flocks in America. This provides free range, fresh eggs and an array of learning experiences and fun for children.

Mr. Schneider is known as The Chicken Whisperer™ and produces a radio show, a blog, and an ongoing tour of the country in promotion of back yard chickens. I don't have chickens, but I follow The Chicken Whisperer™ on Facebook (see links below).

Interestingly, livestock scientist Dr. Temple Grandin (reference: Relevant Links, below) feels that the domesticated chicken is the next animal the nation should highlight as one needing better and more human living conditions. Andy Schneider is the man to see about that. He is the spokesman for USDA - APHIS Bio-Security for Birds

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The weekly 90-minute radio broadcast is hosted by Mr. Schneider with his co-host Pat Foreman, who has written several books about sustainable living. These two broadcasters talk about chickens, how to choose chickens for the urban family, and cover many related topics.

Guests on the show each week may be anyone from any aspect of sustainability, especially those involving food plants and livestock. Between the two co-hosts, this man and woman have the expertise of everything sustainable.

Their they travel with their work from the back yard garden and chicken flock to the 4-H Clubs and classrooms of America to lobbying state and local legislatures for bills that permit additional communities to raise chickens at the individual home level. An archive of online shows is located on the blog and you'll find the link below.

The Chicken Whisperer has one of the most widespread online presences I have seen. It is featured in several places on the Internet, but without ineffective redundancy. These places include a website, two blogs, an online radio show, an Examiner page, and social networking through Facebook and Twitter.

The Facebook page caught my attention first, with its happy yellow chicken logo. The Facebook page announces guests and topics on the weekly show, informs readers of special events, and announces new legislation in towns across America that will allow chickens to be raised in the local backyard at home. It is a good page to follow.

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The Chicken Whisperer Radio Show

Chickens Flocking to Ohio Cities

Even Actors are Choosing Chickens

Actor William H. Macey spoke recently of purchasing six baby chicks through the mail to raise for egg laying in Los Angeles. He built a chicken coop as well and said he expects 4 eggs a day. His children are taking an active part in raising the chicks as well.

In fact, he found that one chick was missing from the coop. Going into the house, he finally discovered the chick sleeping in the bed of one of his daughters, its head on the pillow and body under the covers.

Speaking of actors and a chicken, a documentary film called Mad City Chickens is making a tour of the US. It illustrates the lives and progress of individuals and families that have taken up the activity of backyard chicken raising.

Check out reputable chicken suppliers like My Pet Chicken and consult with them for the best choices. Most local ordinances allow for 6 to 12 chickens total per household/yard. Roosters are apparently not necessary unless new chicks are a plan, so neighbors will not be complaining of early morning crowing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention feel that backyard chickens are safe and not likely to carry diseases like avian flu.

Chicken Coops

Choosing Backyard Chicken Coops

I am impressed by the growing numbers of people purchasing assembly packages for chicken coops at home and even designing and building their own.County extension services connected with local universities often offer free designs and blueprints for them. Building coops can become a family project, if you want to involved your children.

Many of these chicken coops are in the design of small human houses and create decorative fixtures in the backyard as well as a shelter for then hens and chicks. Coops, therefore, do not necessarily destroy the landscaping or aesthetics of a city block.

A selection of chicken coops in a range of prices is available at farm supply stores, some home and garden stores, and from Amazon.com. With the growing trend toward sustainability, small chicken coops are becoming more frequently available at a larger number of retailers. Just as with bird houses, building plans are available online and in books; but do not forget to check online at various university/county extension services.

How about chickens in the city?

A Chicken House on the National Register of Historic Places

Octagonal Poultry House in Cold Spring, NJ.

Octagonal Poultry House in Cold Spring, NJ.

Fun Chickens

What spring season in America would be complete with those candy Easter Peeps and the related pseudo-scientific website of extracurricular experiments on a village of Peeps. Visit Peeps Research for experimental laughter.

If you like Matt Groenig's Life In Hell with the strange yet familiar one-eared rabbit, you will probably like Savage Chickens. It is a comic strip by Dan Savage that has been collected into at least one book. Each Savage comic is portrayed on a Post-It Note, but a fun collection is available and some of the strips are also seen on the hilarious Internet site ICanHazCheezeBurger under LOLCats.

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A Close-up

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Cooking Lesson: Swedish Omelet

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Comments

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 13, 2014:

I envy you your group of chickens, but one day I hope to have my own.

Adam Belcher on March 13, 2014:

Nice hub, I enjoyed reading. I keep chickens and have enjoyed it very much.

Dubuquedogtrainer from Dubuque, Iowa on April 19, 2012:

Very interesting and well put together hub! Voted up!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 19, 2012:

Thank you very much!

Mrs. Menagerie from The Zoo on April 19, 2012:

This is such a well rounded and complete hub...very nicely done and useful.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 19, 2012:

That is great to hear. Happy chicken and eggs to you this year!

dagny roth from Neverland on April 19, 2012:

Good hub Patty! We just purchased chickens this year and are really excited about including them in our family and having fresh eggs! I do think there is a growing trend to promote sustainable living and many of my suburbian friends have small chicken coops in their back yards! Voted up!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 18, 2012:

The radio show on the Internet is pretty good to hear. Hope he likes it! Thanks for posting a comment, rwmaurer.

rwmaurer on April 18, 2012:

A friend of mine raises chickens - all sorts of breeds - I will forward him this hub as he will thoroughly enjoy!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 20, 2012:

The online radio show is very entertaining as well as informative, too. There are no chickens in our own neighborhood yet, but the neighbors have a pig.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 20, 2012:

I've never heard of a Chicken Whisperer before. What a fascinating line of work. I actually know a few people who keep chickens for eggs or as pets. Thanks for explaining what's involved. Voting this Up and Useful.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 21, 2012:

WOW! - Really, that sounds like fun. And your own eggs, too. I love chickens.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on February 21, 2012:

WOW! That one large "chicken house" is really something!

I don't know how long it's been, somewhere between 25 and 30 years since my grandfather and I came home from First Monday, the world's largest flea market, which isn't so far away from here (held the first Monday weekend of every month) in Canton, Texas....with one rooster and a couple hens.

We've had chickens ever since, mostly bantams, and in every breed and colouration imaginable.

Those things start making noise several hours before dawn, or any dang time they please, really. They're all about fifty yards to my right, but they sound like they're somewhere to the left of my little trailer home....I don't know how they pull such shenanigans!

The eggs are a bit smaller than those from a grocery store, but the chickens supply all we need, and the Dad has names for each and every one of them...

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 21, 2012:

I enjoy your Hub as well, since I know little about chickens really, although I visit a lot of them at the State Fair every year.

India Arnold from Northern, California on February 21, 2012:

Wonderful chicken information Patty. I have enjoyed my small flock of egg layers for going on two years now, and I have to tell you there is nothing like a farm fresh egg laid 10 minutes ago! I really like the concept of more small backyard flocks resulting in better Quality lives for the flock and healthier nutrition for the consumer. This is another outstanding hub. BTW--Thanks for the hublove!

Cheers~

k9

philipandrews188 on August 08, 2011:

Useful and interesting hub!Thanks.

Claudia Smaletz from East Coast on April 08, 2011:

Yey for humane raising of "food" animals. A little kindness goes a very long way. Interesting hub.

Diana Owens from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA on April 08, 2011:

Hi Patty...

Great article!

I've kept chickens for many years and this has a lot of good info.

Thank you for sharing it with us. (:

Take care and stay safe,

Diana

Pauline from New Zealand on April 08, 2011:

Great hub thankyou. I have 3 old hens. They have stopped laying for the winter and I am not sure if I will get another season from them. They can retire happy in the orchard Think I might get 3 young ones.I really enjoyed your hub thankyou...

Dexter on April 07, 2011:

I like this hub! Back home in Jamaica my family had a chicken farm. I use to play with them everyday they are very affectionate and loyal

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on April 07, 2011:

Had to read this - back yard chicken raising is so cool, I'd love it. And a fresh egg is so delicious - most grocery stores, well, the eggs have no taste in comparison.

chim4real_2006 on April 07, 2011:

This is a nice article. keep it up.

Ramona on April 06, 2011:

I had 30 hens for a few years. They are wonderful pets, very friendly. They are good mothers, love to eat bugs, like to be petted, and have a really interesting social life. We put down a 4 inch layer of mulch every year in their yard. They would search through that mulch every day, eat bugs and seeds, and of course, fertilize it thoroughly. It never smelled bad, was always clean and at the end of the year we would dig it all out and spread it under all our trees. Great well-aged fertilizer.

citychick from Ulster County, New York on April 06, 2011:

OMG, great hub, and I loved your pics...so funny. I love chickens, and know people who keep them humanely and sell the eggs. It was funny to hear them talk about the lengths the chickens would go to, to hide their eggs! And do they love corn! I, myself, eat neither chicken nor eggs, so they have no gripe with me...I think they sense it, somehow. Anyway, thanks for the hub.

seanorjohn on April 06, 2011:

Children love taking care of chickens. My friends bought theirs from a battery farm. Thus rescuing the birds from a miserable existence. Voted up.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on March 29, 2011:

I would dearly do this and wished it for many years. But l;uck keeps avoiding me.

BrightMeadow from a room of one's own on March 28, 2011:

I do agree that a backyard coop is a good idea. I don't like to think about the way animals are treated in factory farms and feed lots. Just got six chicks. I am really excited. I had no idea there was a "Chicken Whisperer." Thanks for sharing that. I must look him up.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 28, 2011:

Hi Shirley - I could not eat a chicken I had raised, either.

Shirley on March 27, 2011:

I have 4 chickens and have enjoyed them greatly. I am excited every day when I get the eggs and I love to watch them! However, they will die an old age because I will never kill them for food. :(

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 27, 2011:

Thank you to all the visitors so far who have posted comments! Urban chicken raising is a big movement and I admire Chicken Whisperer immensely.

I'm sure we'd like to see coops from other places and johnb75 - that makes me think of Chicken Little.

johnb75 on March 27, 2011:

Good Hub. There are many delicious recipes and ways to prepare chickens. However all chickens are not fun and all are not good for you.

I know about some chickens since I was born in the city and I was partly raised on a farm. Not only did I experience good fried chicken on the farm but I experienced "scared" chickens (people) in the city.

marshacanada from Vancouver BC on March 27, 2011:

Nice hub.Thanks Patty. A friend got lots of hreat eggs from a flock of "silent hens" in our neighbourhood. She did this for years until a nasty neighbour complained. Now the City of Vancouver BC has passed a law permitting chickens in our city: puck-puck-puck-cock-a-doodle-doo.

Susan Mills from Indiana on March 27, 2011:

The treatment of chickens, while not often spoken about, really is a matter that needs attention.

A friend of mine raises chickens. A guy gave him a Tyson chicken once (I don't remember why) and he put it in with his other chickens. Because of the hormones Tyson had already injected into the chick, it grew three times faster than the other chickens. Finally it was too fat to move, had a heart attack, and died.

The big chicken manufacturers only care about how quickly they can make chickens big enough to sell... and that's not EVEN getting into how they're kept all squished up.

Good for the chicken whisperer... and good for you for writing this hub!

Cherie on March 26, 2011:

Chickens are not only fun, but they produce a wonderful food source! We love our laying hens and the eggs they give us each day.

I had to laugh when I saw the video of the chickens with the Swedish Chef - I remember that!

Keep up the great hub,

--Cherie

Urban Chicken Consultant and Poultry Sitter

earnestshub from Melbourne Australia on March 26, 2011:

This is a great hub on keeping chickens. I like the idea of making their lives more enjoyable too! After all, they are one of our best sources of food. Sadly that is true of the chicken as well as it's eggs.

I am glad I was not born with the potential to become delicious food!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on March 26, 2011:

Patty, when I was a child we had a couple of chickens. You always write the most interesting hubs, with the most interesting slant on them. I like the historic chicken house, to me it looks like the chickens were living more comfortably than some people.

Fay Paxton on March 26, 2011:

I went grocery shopping the other day and I'm thinking I might need one of those backyard chicken coops.

Fun video.

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Gigi Thibodeau on March 26, 2011:

I love this hub! I pan to raise my own chickens, so this was useful for me, but it was also a lot of fun to read, and I love the photos of the coops. Voted up!

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on March 26, 2011:

My grandma had a chicken coop in her backyard in Delhi. Every time we visited, it was fun to watch the chicks and collect eggs.

chspublish from Ireland on March 26, 2011:

Great hub and I love chickens. I use to keep them for eggs and raise ducks and turkeys also.

Earth Angel on March 26, 2011:

Dearest Patty,

I love the way you are always 'thinking outside the box' with your approach to Hubs! This one is no exception!

Chickens can be the most delightful pets for people who take the time to learn about them! They are fun, funny, affectionate, low maintenance, come running when they see you, eat unwanted bugs in the yard, love to sit in your lap and be petted, have gorgeous plummage, happy chickens add to an environment of calmness, make sweet little cooing/clucking sounds, or alert you to visitors . . . and on top of that they provide eggs! We can learn much from chickens about sustainability! What lovely little creatures!

Thanks so much for sharing!!

Blessings always, EarthAngel!

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