About Backyard Chickens
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Backyard chicken is a chicken kept on a residential lot.
The primary reasons for keeping chickens are the food and income made by selling the eggs and meat. Other reasons include use in ceremonies and as gifts.
This article is based on the results of a study of the urban agriculture and the urbanization of urban areas.
According to National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service and experts in backyard agriculture, there are a host of personal benefits associated with urban agriculture and keeping chickens in one's own backyard.
In Canada and the United States, the raising of chickens on urban, suburban, and small town residential lots has become increasingly popular. For example, in Madison, Wisconsin, citizens formed a group called the Chicken Underground, 81 registered owners.
A film titled Mad City Chickens was made about their campaign. More and more cities that had previously banned urban chickens are removing old rules or making permits easier to obtain.
Policies towards keeping chickens vary by country, county, or city. Other cities with urban chicken programs and activists include Halifax, New York City, Portland, Oregon, Seattle and Vancouver.
In the UK, the keeping of chickens has also grown in popularity with as many as 200,000 households involved. Sales of the fashionable Eglu hen house increased ten-fold between 2004 and 2009.
While there are over 300 different breeds of chickens, most people choose between a few breeds.
Most chicken owners are looking for a high-producing egg layer, cold- and heat-hardy, docile, quiet, non-broody, and aesthetically pleasing chicken breed. Many chickens raised in factories are white leghorns. This breed is noisy, but have a very high production of eggs and rarely go broody, and they are not very docile, cold-hardy or aesthetically pleasing.
Rhode Island Red, Barred Rocks, Red and Black Sex-links, Buff Orpingtons, Brahmas, Wyandottes, etc. These breeds are all the categories that urban chicken owners are looking for.
Meat chickens are different than egg-laying chickens for urban chicken owners. Chicks are also known as chicken chickens. As with egg-laying breeds, there is a variety of meat chicken breeds. These chickens are butcher-ready in a short time period after hatching.
Some breeds grow to full size in as little as 5 weeks. Other breeds grow for up to 12-14 weeks until the butcher date. Meat chickens provide urban chicken owners the ability to know where their meat is coming from, and how it was raised.
There are some common concerns associated with the practice of raising chickens in residential areas, specifically noise, odor, attraction of predators / pests, property values, and health. Most chicken owners say that these myths and misconceptions about chickens and their behavior are central to the issues surrounding the keeping of urban chickens.
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