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  1. THE HAPPY CHICKEN COOP (27 Jun 17) This is a nice website and they sell chicken related products from their site, but they have a Blog where they discuss all aspects of raising chickens. It is up-to-date also.

    ►Thank you for stopping by and welcome to The Happy Chicken Coop! So who and what is The Happy Chicken Coop? We're a group of people from around the world who are chicken enthusiasts and have been keeping chickens in their backyards for years. We have decided to start The Happy Chicken Coop to provide other chicken lovers with a website which is packed full of helpful information such as how to keep chickens, how to build chicken coops, how to raise baby chicks and much, much more! Because of our passion and knowledge of chickens, we feel we can really help you and other chicken enthusiasts! Have any more questions about us or chickens in general? Send us a message and start the conversation.◄
  2. URBAN COOP COMPANY (6 May 17) Since i started this little website on raising chickens a number of years ago the hobby or activity featuring chickens has grown and so has the publication of books and accessories. This is a relatively new business specializing in chicken coops and i think they are based in Houston, Texas.

    ►Don't be fooled. Bargain brand chicken coops are not really made in the USA and use lesser quality materials. They are simply not as predator-safe as better made coops. Well made coops will also last longer and won't require maintenance for many, many years. Thoughtful design features cut down on flock care, leaving you extra time to enjoy your chickens more. And when we say Hand-Crafted in the USA, we're not using wiggle words. Our wood comes from the Pacific Northwest, our roof metal from the east, the bulk of our fasteners from the US too. And they're lovingly made right outside Austin, Texas. Buy a coop from Urban Coop Company and not only get a great chicken coop, gain a trusted experienced resource too. Urban Coop Company builds handmade cedar backyard chicken coops and ships them to your door either assembled or un-assembled. You can assemble with only a cordless drill and save a bundle. Thousands of happy Urban Coop Company customers give the highest ratings to our chicken coops and great customer support. ◄
  3. COOP DREAMS (6 May 17) I have watched this on Shine TV here in New Zealand. It presents a lot of great information about maintaining chickens as pets and produce.

    ►Coop Dreams..... It's "Green Acres" meets "Home Improvement" meets "This Old House" in this refreshing, informative and on-trend unscripted lifestyle series. Join the hilarious adventures of a suburban family gone rural in search of a more sustainable lifestyle. Dad's dream is to try raising backyard chickens, but other family members are not as.....enthusiastic. Laugh and learn as we discover whether or not Dad and the gang make his Coop Dreams come true.◄
  4. CHICKEN RUN RESCUE   It is important in my opinion to take care of our animals in a high quality manner. That includes providing a good home for unwanted birds.

    ►Every year, domestic fowl, mostly chickens, are stray, abandoned or surrendered in the Metro Area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. These birds are victims of neglect, abuse and abandonment, used for eggs, slaughter, fighting, ritual sacrifice, "nature lessons" or discarded after a hobby no longer holds interest. Chicken Run provides the birds with love, shelter and vet care and adoptive homes. Chicken Run Rescue is the only urban chicken rescue of its kind and depends entirely on donations and sales of art merchandise to continue helping chickens. There is a special need for rooster homes. Don't breed or buy - Adopt! There are never enough homes for displaced animals. Chicken Run Rescue is a non-profit corporation, federally tax exempt under IRS code 501(c)3. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Contact:◄
  5. RENT THE CHICKEN   This is a pretty unique idea, something i have never heard of before. Try before you buy plan as applied to keeping chickens. This is a very good way to find out if chicken raising would be something you would really want to do. I suppose this business plan could be used with other types of animals also, like snakes.

    ►Thought of Raising Backyard Chickens? Every Spring, thousands of chickens are sold at local farm supply stores. Often these chickens die before they are ready to start laying eggs (16-30 weeks).
    Children quickly realize that chickens are not as fun as the Xbox and parents find out that chickens cannot be house broken! The costs quickly start becoming more and more, then chickens are "sent to the farm". Other people think about chickens, but think they don't have the space, worry about regulations, or just don't know what they need. Do you build or buy a coop? Do you buy peeps? How do you raise an egg laying hen if you buy a peep? Did someone tell you about a heat lamp? It can all be overwhelming and we take the guess work out of all of the questions by offering a portable coop, the food & supplies, and the egg laying hens! Why "Rent The Chicken"? We provide all of the supplies you need with the rental: Portable chicken coop, two or four egg laying hens, enough food for the length of your rental (optional non-GMO or Organic feed available), food & water dishes as well as instructions on how to keep your chickens happy! Within two days of the arrival, your chickens will lay eggs ready to use! These eggs have 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fats, and 2 times more omega 3 fatty acids than store bought eggs. Your Rent The Chickens should lay 8-14 or 16-28 eggs per week depending on your Rental Package. You will know exactly what your chickens eat!.◄
  6. ZIP TIE DOMES   Here is a new source of low cost chicken coops for you. These folks are based in the state of Tennessee. These are special geodesic domes made using PVC plastic. They have different sizes available as kits which include: 10ft, 13ft, & 16ft size. Picture on the right is of their: 10ft size chicken coop. ►No tools are required for assembling our Geodesic Chicken Coops. Just use the 120lb heavy duty zip ties to connect the struts to the hubs. The instructions are easy, and the struts are pre-cut and guaranteed to fit perfectly. This is better than building a wooden moveable coop, where you need a drill, a power screwdriver, a skill saw to cut your struts, and a table saw to split your 2x4s into 2x2s. You also need the carpentry skills to use these tools, and all 10 of your fingers! About Our Geodesic Chicken Coops (3 June 14):

    10ft Small Coop - $295.00. 10ft wide, 5ft high, weighs 80 lbs, with 91 SF of floor space, for 20 - 45 chickens.

    13ft Medium Coop - $325.00. 13ft wide X 6.5ft high, weighs 93lbs, with 131SF of floor space, for 35 - 65 chickens.

    16ft Jumbo Coop - $365.00. 16ft wide, 8ft high, weighs 113lbs, with 91SF of floor space, for 50 - 100 chickens.◄
  7. UNWANTED CHICKENS   Here is an interesting article on the "Grist" website about people who do not count the cost in raising backyard chickens, and it ends up being a bad situation ultimately for the poor chickens. People should know that chickens will produce eggs for 1-3 years, live for 7-14.

    ►What's happening to the birds that backyard hobbyists are too chicken to kill once they're past their egg-laying prime? NBC reports that they're ending up in animal shelters: Hundreds of chickens, sometimes dozens at a time, are being abandoned each year at the nation's shelters Hardware Store from California to New York as some hipster farmers discover that hens lay eggs for two years, but can live for a good decade longer, and that actually raising the birds can be noisy, messy, labor-intensive and expensive. It's not clear from this report what portion of these birds are adopted once they've been dumped at the shelters. Chicken Run Rescue, one of the groups profiled, has stringent adoption terms: Commitment for the life of the bird. Chickens can live 14 years and so require the same commitment as dogs and cats. Prohibit slaughter, breeding, fighting or exhibit. Limit adoption only as a companion animal not a food animal (not to produce eggs for profit or breeding purposes). Guarantee to provide proper care including food, water shelter, fresh air, exercise, companionship with other same species animals and veterinary care as for any other companion animal. Allow inquiries about the care of this animal at any time. Prohibit birds to be given away or sold without consent of CRR comply with the laws and ordinances enforced in the state and municipality. Certify that no one in the household/property where the animal will reside has been charged with or convicted of animal abuse in any state.◄
  8. HOW TO RAISE FREE-RANGE CHICKENS   This link goes to the homemade website of Robert Plamondon, and it contains a lot of useful information on raising chickens, plus information on the small farm environment. He has for sale a lot of books on his site pertaining to chickens and related subjects.

    ►Our farm is in Oregon's Coast Range, which has a mild climate that allows our free-range hens to maintain an outdoor lifestyle year-round, even during rare winter snow, as shown in the photo. We have a flock of about 500 chickens in our free-range egg operation, and around 1500 pastured broilers during the six-month broiler season. We also raise a batch of turkeys for Thanksgiving. We've been raising free-range eggs and pastured broilers since the mid-Nineties. We've been rediscovering the old-time American free-range poultry methods developed during poultry keeping's Golden Age between 1900 and 1960. We read pretty much the entire collection of ancient poultry books and magazines in Oregon State University's Valley Library, and tried or adapted as many of these as possible. We've put our findings up on this site. One of the things we learned is that pasture-raised chickens product better-tasting eggs and meat, and are a lot more fun to deal with than confined chickens. We also discovered many cases where simpler, more inexpensive methods worked as well as complex and expensive ones, and often better.◄
  9. THE HEN CAM   This is a website that will lower your blood pressure. You can make this link your home page and sit at your desk and watch the hens enjoying life and doing their thing. Actually, i suspect this is a fairly popular website because it has been up for a number of years, that's a good sign to me.

    ►Welcome to The HenCam. I'm located west of Boston, in the USA. There are 9 hens in the HenCam coop that you can see on the inside and outside cams. Candy, the rabbit, lives with these chickens. Pip and Caper, two goats, live in the big barn. You can watch them on the GoatCam. Twelve pullets (young hens) live in the big barn. See them on the ChickCam. To find out more about the animals, click on Bios. I write about life here at Little Pond Farm on the HenBlog. If you have a specific question, you might find the answer on my FAQs page (go there for HenCam technical information, too) or check the archives. I do school and library visits, and also chicken keeping talks for adults. I'm happy to hear from you at:◄
  10. SMALL CHICKEN HOUSE PLAN   Here's a fun little chicken coop plan for you guys. Very simple and straight forward (Are there any chicken coop plans that aren't?). Anyway, it is just a GIF black and white presentation of one possible coop for you and maybe even could be used as a storage shed if all your chickens die off. Lots of good practical information on this little one page website.

    ►Small scale poultry coops seem to be built in almost every possible shape and size. Those building a new coop often ask for plans for the perfect chicken coop. However, few plans for small poultry houses are available. Many existing buildings can easily be adapted to accommodate poultry. Poultry housing can be as crude or elaborate as you wish to build as long as you provide the following:

    Protection: A good poultry house protects the birds from the elements (weather), predators, injury and theft. Poultry require a dry, draft-free house. This can be accomplished by building a relatively draft free house with windows and/or doors which can be opened for ventilation when necessary. Build the coop on high, well-drained areas. This prevents prolonged dampness and water saturation of the floor of the coop and outside runs. Face the front of the coop, the windows and outside run to the south which allows the sun to warm and dry the coop and soil. Allowing an adequate level of space per bird also helps keep the humidity level in the coop to a minimum. Keeping poultry totally confined to together with fence and covered runs are your best protection from predators. If you are building a new facility, consider laying a concrete floor, and start the wall with one or two concrete blocks. This prevents rodents, snakes, and predators from digging under the walls and the floors. Windows and doors must be securely covered with heavy-gauge mesh wire or screening when opened. With outside runs, bury the wire along the pen border at least 12" deep, and toe the fence outward about 6 inches. This stops most predators from digging under the fence. Animals always dig at the base of a fence. By toeing the fence outward and burying it, the predator digs down right into more fencing. Some people run electric fencing around the outside of their pens 4" off the ground about one foot from the main fence to discourage predators. If your outside runs are not predator-proof, you need to lock up your poultry before dark. To prevent problems with hawks and owls, cover your outside runs with mesh wire or netting. Many times a 3-4 FT grid over the pen constructed of boiling twine will give excellent protection from flying predators. Build your poultry house to prevent possible injury to your birds. Remove any loose or ragged wire, nails, or other sharp-edged objects from the coop. Eliminate all areas other than perches where the birds could perch more than 4 feet above the floor. Remove perching areas such as window sills, nest box tops, or electric cords whenever possible. These extra measures could eliminate any injury to you or your birds and may prevent damage to the coop, as well.◄
  11. HOW TO RAISE CHICKENS   This appears to be a really good article in the Mother Earth News which will instruct beginners for sure on how to get started with their chicken raising project. Very well written and as always the Mother Earth News is packed with great advise on how to maintain your chickens as well as other small farm animals. There are other TMEN articles dealing with chickens i will include on my website in the future, this is the first one.

    ►Raising chickens from chicks is a fun and easy backyard project. By Cheryl Long, February/March 2003. Most people start with day-old chicks purchased in the spring from a local farm store or mail-order catalog. But mail orders usually require a minimum shipment of about 25 chicks (so the chicks can keep each other warm en route). If you just want three or four hens for the mini-coop, combine your order with some friends' orders to meet the minimum, or find a farm-supply store that will order exactly what you want when they place their orders. We don't recommend roosters for backyard beginners — they are loud and aggressive, and the hens will lay better without them. When you order your chicks, specify that you want all females.◄
  12. MY PET CHICKEN   Another nice website packed with information you will need to raise your chicks and chickens. They also sell a lot of products from their website and have some free items. You can buy baby chicks from this business, so another source for hatchlings for you.

    ►Here you'll find everything you need to know about raising chickens in your backyard: Why they're the best pet on earth; how to care for them; which chicken breeds are best for you; where to get them and more. Our Mission: To make life easy — and fun! — for urban and backyard chicken owners with our line of products, free information, tools and resources. In 2004, the idea for My Pet Chicken was hatched when owner Traci Torres and her husband, complete novices, set out to raise a few backyard chickens. After a year of reading every how-to book they could get their hands on, they successfully started their own flock, but they wanted to make it easier for aspiring chicken owners by putting free how-to information on the web and offering some unique products and services. The website, first launched in 2005, contained valuable information for backyarders, and grew to include such best-of-breed resources as the free e-book, The My Pet Chicken Guide to Chicken Care, and the totally unique "Which Chicken?" breed selector tool. In 2006, the Company launched a full complement of backyard chicken products and announced the sale of baby chicks in quantities as low as three: An industry first. It now boasts over 500 products for sale and ever-expanding free content, including the new Chicken Help area — a database of answers to chicken questions, searchable by keyword or category, and another free e-book, The My Pet Chicken Guide to Incubation and Hatching. My Pet Chicken continues to lead the way in the urban chicken space, serving tens of millions of page views per year on its web site. The media has taken notice: My Pet Chicken has been mentioned in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, New Yorker Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The L.A. Times, and countless others, and has appeared on such television shows as The Martha Stewart Show, ABC News Nightline, and The Today Show.◄
  13. CHICKEN SALOON   This chicken coop business has a nice website here and also beautifully designed and made chicken coops for sale. They claim to be your "Source for backyard chicken coops". It appears that they have at least 6 models of chicken coops to choose from depending on your needs. Price includes free shipping to your door for all people living in the lower 48 contiguous US states. Picture on the right is of their "The Saloon Backyard Chicken Coop".

    ►Chicken Saloon is located in the heart of the rocky mountains. We have been manufacturing and selling chicken coops for a while and have lots of experience with these backyard chicken coops. Our goal is to offer a quality product and a great price. Our staff includes a number of internet resellers that can help you with any concerns you might have before purchasing your new coop. If you have any questions, problems, or comments please do not hesitate to contact us. Shipping is free and will be delivered to your door in the lower 48 states via Fed Ex Home Delivery. If you live outside this area please contact us to get a accurate shipping quote. The time needed to ship merchandise will vary depending on the shipment's location and the particular time of year. Customers should expect a 7-12 day delivery time. Merchandise will be shipped using FedEx.◄
  14. AMERICAN PASTURED POULTRY PRODUCERS   This website linked here specializes in the promotion of grass fed chickens. They have a "network page" which lists many participant farms across the US & Canada. Also, need to mention that this is a membership site and they have a fee schedule when paid allows you to use certain benefits offered on the site. They have for sale a book called: Raising Poultry on Pasture. Please click on the picture at the right to buy from as your purchase helps to support this site at no extra cost to you. Thanks, ~gg

    ►The American Pastured Poultry Producers' Association (APPPA) was established in 1997 to assist pastured poultry producers. APPPA encourages people to learn and exchange information about raising poultry on pasture, exchanging techniques, innovations, and advice. Pastured Poultry relies on raising chickens directly on green pasture. The model has been developed over the last twenty years and allows the birds to receive a significant amount of pasture forage as feed. The birds are kept on fresh pasture, which allows the birds to be raised in a cleaner, healthier environment. Pastured poultry is raised the old fashioned way; on fresh green pasture and wholesome grain. Processing is often done on the farm. Many customers pick-up their freezer-ready poultry orders at the farm, assuring them a truly farm-fresh product and revitalizing the farmer-consumer relationship. People have been raising poultry on pasture for centuries. In fact most domesticated poultry was raised out doors until the 1950s when large confinement operations were begun. The vast majority of poultry is now produced in high-density factory farms. A number of growers with no interest in operating factory farms have chosen to raise their poultry with outdoor range instead of indoor confinement to produce a high quality, farm-fresh, all-natural product. The pastured poultry movement has found great support among consumers because of the high quality and unsurpassed flavor of such products. Producers continue to see a growing demand for premium-priced pasture-raised poultry and eggs.◄
  15. THE CITY CHICKEN   I like this website linked here, and so do a lot of other people. She has done an excellent job of presenting the chicken raising endeavor through the use of many good pictures of chickens and chicken keeping accessories for your perusal. Also, there is lots of good information in her Frequently Asked Questions page. But, most of her pictures are of the many types and configurations of chicken coops that exist in the world somewhere. This is a great site to get ideas for building your own chicken care coop.

    ►Welcome to It's a web site to encourage city folks to take the plunge into poultry! You can have chickens . . . It's easy! I created this website to inspire people who have been wanting to keep some chickens in their backyard. I hope the pictures and info will motivate you to try what you've been wanting to for a long time: Bring a little country into your city life. You are looking at this web site because you've been bit by the chicken bug and need to know how to get started with your chicken-keeping endeavors. Well, you could start here!◄ ~ Katy Skinner, the Pacific Northwest, USA
  16. MURRAY MCMURRAY HATCHERY   This is an old business and they have a nice website with lots of information about their products. You can buy your "Starter Chicks" here. You can also subscribe to their online service: "Our Bi-weekly newsletter keeps you up-to-date on all our current specials and recent blog articles. Read about our various breeds, laying chickens and other backyard chicken topics. Informative and entertaining, sign up now and receive our next issue in your email inbox."

    ►For over 95 years, Murray McMurray Hatchery has been supplying the small farmer, rural egg producer and chicken enthusiast with a wide variety of day-old baby chicks, pullets, ducklings and much more. If you have been thinking that it might be fun to dabble in the world of backyard chickens this is the place. We have a full line of different breeds of poultry and chickens to satisfy chicken lovers of every age. It is gratifying to watch your baby chicks grow from newly hatched to adult, ready to entertain you in every way - not to mention harvesting eggs and meat that you have grown yourself.◄
  17. BETTERCHICKENCOOPS.COM   This website is well done, product displays are good with lots of pictures and detailed information. Picture on the right is of "The Push It Chicken Coop". Fully Assembled. More and more urban areas are allowing people to keep a few chickens in their backyard. This tiny coop with wheelbarrow handles is cute and convenient for small spaces! Dimensions: 4ft-2in W x 3ft-10in D x 4ft-3in H. I'm not sure, but i think this is a "drop shipper" or resale business, they probably do not make the coops that they sell but that's OK, as long as they follow through on your order and make sure you are getting your items in a timely manner.

    ►Welcome to! We offer one of the best selection of chicken coops you'll find anywhere online. We are based in Western Colorado near the town of Carbondale, which has been rated as one of the best small towns in American to live and work. We agree! Shown to the right is Mt. Sopris which is seen from our offices located above the town of Carbondale. When it comes to providing customers with just the right thing, we're the experts. We work closely with manufacturers to bring you a variety of unique choices, at prices that fit every budget. You don't have to travel from store to store looking for what you need. You're certain to find great products, great value, and great service at Everyone knows that the best eggs come from happy, healthy chickens. Having chickens in your own back yard is great for them and good for you, too. Aside from the obvious benefit of your own fresh eggs, chickens are entertaining, affectionate and free pest control. Be sure to check with your local building department and/or your homeowners association as to the legality of raising chickens in your neighborhood before you purchase one of our chicken coops. Some areas restrict "farm animals" to agricultural zones. Select from over 40 chicken coops to see complete details and pricing. Some coops come as DIY kits. Many come fully assembled and ready to use. Question? Call us at most anytime at 1-800-987-4337.◄
  18. PURINA MILLS   Let's support our friends at Purina because they provide high quality feed for our chickens based on extensive research and testing. Without the proper nutrition our animals suffer greatly. Purina feeds are optimized to give our animals the best health possible and then our animals can give us the best products they have to offer, like eggs and such. This listing here will take you to other Purina Mills links: Products, Feeding Chart, Feed Types, Lifestyle: Feeds Needed, Quality Assurance, & Tag Talk: How to Read a Feed Tag.

    ►For more than 100 years Purina Mills® has been helping people raise poultry. In fact, poultry feeds were among the very first products we sold. For fresh eggs to farm-raised chickens, our customers have always depended on us to provide products that would help ensure the health and well-being of their flocks. Through the years they've looked to Purina Mills for quality feeds, value, and of course, optimum production. Children's Books Since the establishment of the Purina Mills® Nutrition Center in Gray Summit, Missouri in 1926, our nutritionists have been conducting extensive studies in poultry feeding and management. That commitment to provide the very best in poultry nutrition continues today. As a result of our latest efforts we have developed a line of natural premium poultry feeds specifically designed for family flocks. We call it SunFresh® Recipe, because nothing but the highest quality sun-grown grains and plant proteins go into these poultry feeds. That means your birds receive the safe, healthy goodness and fresh taste they deserve. It's the SunFresh® Recipe that makes the difference! We take NATURAL to a whole new level. It's right on the package . . . Purina Mills® Certified Natural. That's our guarantee that we make these premium poultry feeds using only the highest quality natural grains and plant proteins possible. This is superior nutrition, made from only top quality, natural ingredients and free from all animal proteins and fats so you can raise your birds the right way-the SunFresh® way!◄
  19. THE CHICKEN GARDENER   This is a nice website with plenty of pictures of their products. Picture on the right is one of their "Chicken Tractors". "Our Chicken Tractors are built to last, using only the highest quality materials. As with most things you get what you pay for. All wood is Cedar. Cedar is naturally decay and insect resistant, so you know it will last for years to come.
    Our Chicken Tractors allow you to have a self contained place for your chicken. The upper part is where they sleep and lay eggs, and the lower part allows them to have a fenced in secure area to scratch around in. It is light weight and very portable to allow you to move it around your yard and put it up on raised beds."

    ►Our mission is to improve the food supply by helping others generate healthy food right in their own backyards. Producing food at home allows people to understand and control the growing conditions of the food they serve to their families. We are a local Oregon Company. We design and build our products with great pride, care, and quality as if they were our own. We focus on quality products that will last. We are also always willing to answer any question you might have, even if you don't plan to buy our products but are curious about chickens. With our products if you are not completely satisfied, we are not happy. We build Chicken Coops and Raised Garden Beds with quality, long lasting materials, such as cedar wood for years of productive use. The longevity of our products means that fewer materials will be consumed over the lifetime of our products. Thank you so much for your interest. You can see pictures of our chicken coops on our chicken coops page, or you can take a look at our raised garden beds page. You can also place an order, or ask any questions you might have on our contact us page.◄
  20. URBAN CHICKENS   These folks here cover a lot of material on their website with links to the following items: Urban Chickens Blog, Image Galleries, Urban Chickens Forum, Why Chickens? Chicken Care, Coops, Ordinances and Laws, Education, Recipes & Crafts, Resources, FAQ, & Participate. The owners of this website live in the midwest, specifically, Iowa City, Iowa.

    ►Welcome to Urban Chickens! You came to this site because your thinking of getting a backyard chicken flock. Here's 8 reasons to get started today!

    1. You can be a food producer! The local food movement is flourishing, and by keeping backyard chickens you can take pride in being a food producer and not just a consumer.
    2. You know exactly where your eggs come from! Think of all the recent factory farm egg recalls in the news – gross! When you raise your own eggs and/or meat you know what the animal ate, its living conditions, and how it was treated.
    3. You can eat fresh! Fresh foods simply taste better and eggs are no exception. Combine chicken keeping with a vegetable garden and you'll never look at store bought eggs & produce the same way.
    4. You can fertilize your garden! Chicken poop is high in nitrogen and great for your compost pile. Give your vegetable garden the nutrient boost it needs.
    5. You can practice natural pest control! Got cockroaches, grubs, or any other pest you don't want in your yard or garden? Chickens are great at controlling certain pests naturally - no need to put down nasty chemicals. And yes - chickens will even eat mice!
    6. You will be entertained! While chicken keeping may sound like a chore to some, many people see egg collection and putting out feed as a relaxing morning ritual. Also, just like cats and dogs, chickens have personalities and can be great companions.
    7. You will make new friends! An unintended consequence of backyard chicken keeping is meeting new people. Attend a chicken class, participate in a chicken coop tour and get involved with local chicken groups in your area.
    8. You will learn something new! Never been handy with tools? Building your own coop is a great way to learn. Not sure where the chicken egg actually comes out of the bird? You can dazzle your friends with random chicken facts and anatomy.◄
  21. BACKYARD CHICKEN HOUSE PLANS   This link takes you to a website that sells online chicken coop plans for a very low cost. Actually, the plans are downloadable ePlans or eBooks. You can buy either a complete set or buy them individually. Each individual plan is about $2.95. They sell step-by-step videos also.

    ►From: John Davidson – Residential Architectural Designer, over 25 years of experience and I have drawn over 500 homes, garages, barns, cabins and Playhouses and other buildings. Dear Friend, If you are interested in building a chicken coop, then this is going to be the most exciting message you will ever read. We have put together a great package of chicken coop plans along with an ebook and videos, showing you step by step instructions on how to build your chicken coop. As we built the chicken coop for our yard we took lots of pictures and added the narration explaining what we were doing. We now enjoy having fresh eggs from our small flock of chickens every day. I'm so confident in my chicken coop plans and instructions that I'm willing to put all the risk on me. In fact, I've decided to do something that some people may consider outright crazy. Here is the Deal: Try out all of our chicken coop plans plus the bonuses for a 60 days, and if you are not happy with our products for some unexplainable reason or don't like the plans, you can contact me anytime and in addition we have an online support center to help you. If not happy anytime within the 60 days for any reason, I can assure you the 100% money back guarantee and I will personally refund all of your money.◄
  22. EZ CLEAN COOPS   This business has a very nice website with lots of pictures of their really nice products. These coops are all prefab and are shipped free to all the contiguous United States (Lower 48). Assembly will be required. Picture on the right is of their Hatchback Model 38in X 41in Portable Chicken Coop (wheel kit available separately).

    ►EZ Clean Coops – Chicken Coops and Chicken Coop Kits from the leading pet structure manufacturer. Leisure Woods Pet Structures offers a wide variety of high quality chicken coops & accessories for all your animal needs. Our Pet Structures are great animal housing choices at a great price. EZ Clean Chicken Coops come partially pre-assembled in kit form. All of the walls are pre-assembled with pre-hung windows, the roof panels are pre-shingled & the nest box is completely pre-assembled. All of our kits can be assembled in around an hour depending on your handyman knowledge. People who own chicken coops, but not farms know it's very hard to keep up with the pace of normal yard work let alone keeping up a chicken coop. Our systems make coop maintenance just another chore, not a hassle.◄
  23. PDX BACKYARD CHIX   This link goes to the Yahoo! Groups "Portland Backyard Chickens" code name: PDXBackyardChix. Yes, this little group has 1283 members and was founded May 6, 2005, over 6 years ago. It appears to be quite active and i will bet you can learn all kinds of good things here. So, if you live in the Portland, Oregon area please consider joining and supporting this group.

    Simple Recipes ►Portland, Oregon Chicken Keepers Unite! Welcome to Portland Backyard Chickens, where no one will think you're nuts if you talk to your feathered friends! We are an informal group of friends & neighbors, here to share information, support and stories only other chicken fanciers would understand. This group has a particularly Portland frame of mind, specifically suited to our needs in terms of climate and legalities in the greater Portland area. Membership is open to those who either have chickens already, or who are exploring the possibilities of their own back yards. This is a friendly place, one where we may feel free to share the fun stories of our chickens, and how they affect our gardens and our whole lives. While we needn't stay strictly informational, let's try to keep the discussion at least vaguely on topic. Needless to say, flaming and other "fowl" behavior is likely to upset the chooks. So come in, relax, and play nicely! If you would like to submit a pic for the home page, please email it at full size to ducklacy @ (remove spaces) Thanks to danniking for the current pic!◄
  24. BABYSITTERS FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS   Here's a cool item for you guys. This is an article from CNN Money about a small unusual business that hopefully will grow and prosper. Because chicken raising is becoming more popular, people need these types of services to allow themselves some quality time away from their chickens so they can re-coop mentally.

    ►PORTLAND, Ore. ( — You've heard of cat-sitters, dog-sitters and, of course, babysitters, but chicken-sitters? In Portland, Ore., a city known for its deep do-it-yourself streak and poultry-permissive laws, two backyard farmers have stepped up to meet an unusual need: Watching hens when their owners go on vacation. In May, Rhonda Piasecki, 43, and Sharon Rowland, 35, launched Just Us Hens, which they
    believe is the nation's first chicken-sitting service. The business partners, who each boast a full roost of laying hens (four for Piasenki; eight for Rowland), met last year working at Portland's Urban Farm Store. "At the store, you'd just talk people's ears off about chickens," says Piasecki, who is also a drummer for Klickitat, a local jazz-rock band. But the seed the store sells started to aggravate Piasecki's asthma, right around the same time that Rowland decided she wanted to spend more time with her 3-year-old, chicken-loving son Sterling. A friend suggested that Piasecki become a "chicken consultant," while Rowland's husband floated the idea of seeking out hen-sitting gigs. So the women teamed up to offer a slate of services: $15 per visit for hen sitting, $25 for hen health house calls and $50 an hour for consultations on urban agriculture. In late May, they launched a blog, followed by a full website in early July. They also publicized their services at Portland's online chicken chat group, PDXBackyardChix, which has more than 1,000 members. The fledgling company has only a handful of customers. But as word passes through Portland's substantial population of urban hen keepers, they hope "Just Us Hens" will take off.◄
  25. STROMBERG'S CHICKENS   I have had links to this business for years. They have been around for quite awhile. This is also the business that sells the Starplate Building System which are a set of metal connectors used to create a framework with 2X4 lumber which can be covered with chicken wire to create a large pen. They also sell baby chicks, all poultry supplies and equipment.
    Lots of "How-To" books & videos here. Some things they sell are: Chicken Incubators, Feeders, Automatic Watering Systems, Founts - Waterers, Nest Boxes & Medications, Housing and Caging, Starplate Dome Kit, Coops - Poultry, Feed Mills and Grinders, & Cage Making Supplies to name a few.

    ►We are proud to offer the largest selection of books, supplies and equipment for the breeding, rearing and management of poultry and small animals available in North America. Our hatcheries offer over 200 breeds and varieties of birds as eggs, chicks or adults. Four generations of the Stromberg family have been involved in this poultry business. This experience assures we offer excellent products and healthy livestock. We stake our reputation and our name on the satisfaction of our customers. To receive a copy of our 72 page color catalog, simply fill in your address in this simple form. It's a must have for anyone involved in the hobby of raising birds. Your catalog will arrive within two to three weeks.◄
  26. BACKYARD CHICKENS   Here's a premier site for everyone needing a go to place for questions about raising chickens. Very nice website with much information to help the beginner and the old timer with their chicken raising questions. site includes a Learning Center, Coop Designs, Breeds, Community Forum, Recipes, Online Store, & Image Gallery. The forum appears to be quite busy and not dead like many other forums on the internet.

    Amazon Handmade Items For Sale ►Welcome to! Established in 1999, BackYardChickens has become the #1 destination for peeps looking for information on raising chickens in any urban, suburban, or rural backyard! First time here? We suggest you begin your soon-to-be lifelong love of BackYard Chickens by visiting the pages below: Read "Raising Chickens 101" for the most basic information on why and how to raise chickens. Tour the Learning Center which has detailed information about raising your backyard flock, including information about chicken coops, chicken breeds, hatching chicken eggs, feeding chickens, and chicken predators. Join our Chicken Forum with THOUSANDS of wonderful, friendly, and knowledgeable members! It's the best place on the web to get your chicken questions answered and share your experiences with an amazing community. —WARNING— The BYC Chicken Forum is VERY addictive!◄
  27. RAISING CHICKENS FOR DUMMIES   This book has a very high star rating on Amazon and many people like it. It is considered very thorough in it's subject matter and serves as a great book for those just starting the chicken raising hobby or home business. Please click on the picture at the right to buy from as your purchase helps to support this site at no extra cost to you. Thanks, ~gg

    ►Practical how-to advice for raising chickens in virtually any backyard! Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular–and growing–pastime. And Raising Chickens For Dummies provides an up-to-date, thorough introduction to all aspects of caring for chickens, including choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing, and proper feeding. Raising Chickens For Dummies provides authoritative, detailed information to make raising chickens for eggs, meat, or backyard entertainment that much easier.◄

  28. CEDAR CHICKEN COOP CONDO   This is a very good article from "Instructables" that features the building of a chicken coop designed to accommodate a tall person, a "no stoop chicken coop" if you will.

    ►For years I read and watched as my neighbors built coops. Being a tall person, I thought how horrible it would be to clean and interact with the birds in such a small and confined space. After I visited about 20 other coops around the neighborhood and beyond, I sketched out this coop. It took longer than expected to build and cost more than we planned. But according to our county inspector, it's the nicest coop they have ever seen. They even took a picture. The coop has electricity with lights and heating lamps on timers as well as an old fashioned porch light for the front. We had a webcam, but with all the traffic, it made our internet access horrible, so we took it down. Oh, and yes, the coop has cat-5 cable. The best part of this coop is that our chickens love to lay eggs. And we get at least an egg a day from each of the girls.◄

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