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    1. 1. URBAN CHICKEN KEEPING 101 Craig Clark Eastside Egg Cooperative
    2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Why Keep Chickens? </li></ul><ul><li>The Law, Ordinances </li></ul><ul><li>Chicks, Pullets, & Hens </li></ul><ul><li>Anatomy of a Chicken Coop </li></ul><ul><li>Chicken Behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Questions & Answers </li></ul>
    3. 3. Chickens are curious
    4. 4. Chickens are tough, low maintenance birds. Arctic Blast 2008!
    5. 5. Chickens require little room
    6. 6. Chickens cultivate and fertilize your garden
    7. 7. Chickens make good pets Chickens require less maintenance than a dog and a little more than a cat.
    8. 8. Mother Earth News Egg Facts <ul><li>1/3 less cholesterol </li></ul><ul><li>1/4 less saturated fat </li></ul><ul><li>2/3 more vitamin A </li></ul><ul><li>2 times more omega-3 </li></ul><ul><li>3 times more vitamin E </li></ul><ul><li>7 times more beta carotene </li></ul><ul><li>100 times more taste!!! </li></ul>“ Meet the Real Free-range Eggs” Oct./Nov. 2007
    9. 9. Yolks Store bought eggs Backyard eggs
    10. 10. The Law <ul><li>No Boys Allowed !!! </li></ul>2. Three is the magic number. Get a permit if you want more. <ul><li>Place coop at least 15’ from neighbors home </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the neighbors happy. Give away eggs. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Common breeds of chickens Silver Laced Wyandotte Rhode Island Red Barred Rock Buff Orpington Silkie Bantam
    12. 12. Bringing your babies home for the first time
    13. 13. Brooding chicks You are replacing the warmth and protection of the mother hen.
    14. 14. Cardboard Box Brooder Heat lamp $20, Bedding $10, Cardboard box Free
    15. 15. The right temperature Clustering chicks is a bad sign. Spread out like this is good. Trust your instincts.
    16. 16. Rubbermaid Tub
    17. 17. Chicks I eat starter feed and clean water. That’s it.
    18. 18. Have a drink
    19. 19. Chick Starter Feed Watch for pasty vents. <ul><li>25 lb bag of medicated chick starter feed $15 </li></ul><ul><li>High protein for fast growing chicks </li></ul><ul><li>Should last 6-8 weeks until chicks are feathered </li></ul>
    20. 20. Coccidiosis <ul><li>Coccidiosis is a parasite which is carried in chick droppings. Good hygiene can help prevent it. You suspect you have it when you see blood in the droppings of the chicks. </li></ul><ul><li>Coccidiosis can be arrested fairly quickly by putting 1 tablespoon of vinegar to a quart of water for 3 days. </li></ul>
    21. 21. Introduce your pets
    22. 22. Getting thru the teen years: 6-20 Weeks Don’t let me roam free. I don’t have good judgment.
    23. 23. I eat “Grower or Developer” feed <ul><li>50 lb bag grower / developer feed $22.60 </li></ul><ul><li>Lower protein for slower growth </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce kitchen scraps </li></ul><ul><li>Supplement with free choice grit </li></ul><ul><li>Add oyster shell if chickens start laying </li></ul><ul><li>Scratch grains are like dessert to me. </li></ul>
    24. 24. How to tell if you have a rooster
    25. 25. The Great Outdoors It’s warm enough to let the pullets spend the day in the chicken tractor.
    26. 26. Layer Feed <ul><li>50lb Layer Feed $22.40 </li></ul><ul><li>3 hens will eat 1 pound feed each day </li></ul><ul><li>Includes calcium for strong shells </li></ul><ul><li>Chickens will forage if free to roam </li></ul><ul><li>Provide free choice grit if contained </li></ul><ul><li>Balanced diet important for egg production </li></ul>
    27. 27. Eastside Egg Chicken Coop
    28. 28. Chickens need room to spread their wings <ul><li>0 to 1 month - 1/4 square foot per bird </li></ul><ul><li>1 to 2 months - 1/2 square foot per bird </li></ul><ul><li>2 to 3 months - 1 square foot per bird </li></ul><ul><li>3 to 4 months - 2 square feet per bird </li></ul><ul><li>4 months to adult - 3 square feet per bird </li></ul>
    29. 29. Anatomy of a Chicken Coop <ul><li>Hen House </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Roost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nest Box </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chicken Run </li></ul><ul><li>Feed & Water </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul>
    30. 30. The Hen House
    31. 31. The Roost <ul><li>Chickens feel safe up high </li></ul><ul><li>Chickens will roost in trees </li></ul><ul><li>12 - 18 inches per bird is cozy </li></ul>
    32. 32. Nest Boxes
    33. 33. Egg hunt
    34. 34. The Run <ul><li>3 sq/ft per chicken </li></ul><ul><li>Shelter from elements and predators </li></ul><ul><li>The place for food and water </li></ul>
    35. 35. Predators love chicken Think about us when building a coop.
    36. 36. Predators are clever
    37. 37. Keep food safe from mice, rats, and raccoons. * A 50lb bag of feed will fit nicely in a 20 gallon can
    38. 38. Chicken Behavior
    39. 39. Broody Hens
    40. 40. Dust Bath
    41. 41. Molting
    42. 42. Bribe with treats Wrong Right
    43. 43. Home on the range
    44. 44. Clover field
    45. 45. Healthy Happy Hens
    46. 46. Resources
    47. 47. The End