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Gardening with chickens can be a pleasure as well as a frustration and challenge. Here is a list of plants from my garden (USDA zone 9 - 10/ Sunset zone 22) that I have had success with my chickens leaving alone.
Brooding Our Little Flock My family and I are backyard chicken keepers that can only have a few hens at time because we live in a big city with lots of restrictions on keeping poultry. We do not plan to be hatching chicks regularly, so we needed something cheap and easy. I looked around for anything that could be either recycled, re-purposed, or collapsible. There really aren't any construction photos of my brooder set ups, since it was mainly a matter of getting the things out of the...
My 5 minute Homemade Chicken Feeder Made from recycled and re-purposed items If you have looked at the other BYC pages or my blog, you will see that I am big into reusing stuff I have around the house or garage or anything I can recycle whenever it is practical. This is my chicken feeder that took less than five minutes to throw together. Items used: Empty White Distilled Vinegar Jug - 1 gallon size Round take out food container/ bottom half (from a big salad at costco my mother had)...
The suppliers and feed store names come from the many different threads at Backyardchickens.com where folks helped each other out, plus some other online databases when I was trying to find my first few bags of feed.
Recycled Rabbit Hutch Chicken Tractor When it was used as a brooder it had six chicks in it. If it was for a fulltime coop, it would hold only two bantams comfortably. Pictured here are my Leghorn hybrid and my Barred Rock for chicken scale. However, my chickens a regular coop, seen here... [URL]https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/gardenerds-gardening-with-backyard-chickens-chicken-coop.47811/[/URL] The chicken tractor began as a beat up old rabbit hutch I got on craigslist for free....
Gardening with Backyard Chickens Our Small Chicken Coop for 4 chickens (The Hen House that doubles as a Garden Potting Table) We live in a large urban city in Los Angeles County about 4 miles from the ocean in Southern California. I love to garden and I incorporated the design of the chicken's run into an already existing work bench. Our chicken coop had to be attractive since we look at the location immediately as we walk out the back door. Also, neighbors would be able to see it...
Fullerton California Chicken Ordinance Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYesMax Chickens AllowedunspecifiedRoosters AllowedNoPermit RequiredNoCoop Restrictionsset back 30 feet from a house on an adjacent propertyCity/Organization Contact nameFullerton City Hall 303 W. Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832 (714) 738-6553Additional InformationLivestock and other animals • Residents may keep small livestock such as poultry (except crowing roosters) and rabbits provided no coops or pens are...
Garden Grove California Chicken Ordinance Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYesMax Chickens Allowed4Roosters AllowedNoPermit RequiredNoCoop RestrictionsMinimum setback of twenty five feet from all adjacent dwelling units and property linesCity/Organization Contact nameCity of Garden Grove 11222 Acacia Parkway, Garden Grove, CA 92840 714-741-5000Additional InformationSECTION 6.04.060: Limitations The following animals may be permitted on properties zoned for residential use: 1. A maximum...
Hawaiian Gardens California Chicken Ordinance Are Chickens Allowed in this locationNoMax Chickens AllowedRoosters AllowedNoPermit RequiredNoCoop Restrictionsno chickens allowed.City/Organization Contact nameAdditional Information18.90.040 Animal keeping and household pets. B. Household Pets. 1. No more than three dogs and three cats per household plus any unweaned litter from such pets not over six months old, parrots, canaries, and other house birds of a similar nature shall be...
Huntington Beach California Chicken Ordinance Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYesMax Chickens Allowed6Roosters AllowedNoPermit RequiredYes; $215 FeeCoop Restrictions25 feet from any dwelling house or structure used as a dwelling, church, school, hospital, or place where food products are kept, stored, manufactured, or served to the public, unless such house or structure be occupied by him or itCity/Organization Contact nameCity of Huntington Beach 2000 Main Street Huntington Beach, CA...
Hatching Grocery Store Fertile Eggs (My son's 5th Grade Science Project, January 2009) Trader Joe's Chicks Joey, our Trader Joe's Chicken We ordered chicks from a hatchery. But my 8 year old daughter wanted them from eggs to get to see chicks hatch. We live in the city and no one that keeps hens has fertile eggs around here. I told her how I read about an experiment on BYC with eggs purchased at a store that after incubation managed to hatch out a chick. She thought that sounded...
Chicken Proofing My Garden and Yard The chickens get access to the majority of my backyard for free ranging, but now a days you would not think it looking at the yard. The first season with chickens, the yard didn’t look as good as it used to. There was poop on the concrete, plants uprooted or heavily munched, and holes in the lawn. Over time I have learned and figured out strategies for keeping the mess and damage down. Now, two years later, it looks lush, unmolested, and the grass is the...
Me and My Little Garden I am a homemaker, artist, school and church volunteer, scout troop leader, and complete garden "nerd." I love gardening and any kind of edible landscaping. Southern California has the ideal climate to do it year round. I have a blog with my chickens, garden projects, plants, insects, urban wildlife, and more of my practices of permaculture at [URL]http://hanburyhouse.com/[/URL] I have been passionate about organic gardening since a friend gave me a copy of "Organic...
Having a nice yard and garden as well as eating fresh homegrown produce is something many of us enjoy, including most backyard chickens. When I first started keeping chickens, I didn't realize how much damage they could do. After trial and error and a bit of advice from other gardeners with chickens here at BYC, I have learned a nice garden and chickens CAN co-exist. Here are a few of my favorite gardening practices for keeping chickens, but still having a productive pretty garden for the...
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