Saturday, April 25, 2009

"I'm going to raise chickens."


Friends tend to be incredulous when I say I'd like to raise chickens full-time somday. The truth is that I don't even know if I'd be able to do it "part-time." But I saw a story on TV last Friday on ABC 7 News (San Francisco) about suburban dwellers (including one former mayor of a small town) who were raising their own chickens (primarily for eggs). That reawakened my interest in raising chickens, both for healthier food and also to save money. Rod Dreher makes this suggestion 0n the Texas Monthly website. Avian flu! I hope not. So who wants to raise chickens with me?

Urban chicken trend on rise in Bay Area - 1/02/09 - San Francisco
Off the farm: Poultry providers say more suburban folks trying their hand at raising chickens
More suburbanites, hobbyists raise chickensABC 7 News.

2 websites mentioned in the news story-- - Raise Chickens, Build Chicken Coops, Hatch Eggs
(Backyard Chickens - Message Board)
Backyard Poultry Info Centre

Other links:
Urban Chickens
Raising Chickens: Keeping a Backyard Flock
Jane's Backyard Chickens
Raising Backyard Chickens New Hampshire Public Radio
Gardening Examiner: Eight benefits of raising backyard chickens
Backyard Chickens 101: An Introduction DigginFood

Chicken Breeds:
Chicken Breeds - Back Yard Chickens
Breeds of Chicken
Henderson's Chicken Breed Chart
Chicken Breeds, Breeds of Chickens, List of Chicken Breeds
Choosing the Right Chicken Breeds
Chicken Breeds of Interest

Path to Freedom - City Chickens

More youtube videos.

KK, check this out: 12 Bird True Love Roast


KK said...

Eh, I don't like breast. I like gai bei. Haha. But the roast looks intriguing... it's like a turducken gone mad.

Jeff Culbreath said...

I'll raise chickens with you. Move on up here to Orland - you can live in our unrented mobile home - and we'll start a pastured poultry operation, Joe Salatin style. :-)