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Chicken Fest 2008!

Slide show created for a Growing gardens presentation 3/28/2008

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Chicken Fest 2008!

  1. 1. URBAN CHICKEN KEEPING 101 Chicken Fest 2008 Livingscape Nursery & Growing Gardens
  2. 2. Outline 1. Why you should have chickens. 2. The Law, Ordinances. 3. Taking care of baby chicks. 4. Building a coop for your hens. 5. Managing the coop area, waste, and keeping your hens healthy and laying.
  3. 3. Chickens are curious
  4. 4. They are tough, low maintenance birds.
  5. 5. Chicken 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. Chickens get along with other animals
  9. 9. The incredible edible egg A hen starts laying eggs in about 22 weeks First summer: June-October Thereafter: February-Late October
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Yolks Store bought eggs Backyard eggs
  12. 12. Scramble
  13. 13. The Law <ul><li>Three is the magic number. Get a permit if you want more. </li></ul>2. No Boys Allowed <ul><li>Keep the neighbors happy. Give away eggs. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Variance The facility is located on the applicant's property so as to be at least 15 feet from any building used or capable of being used for human habitation, not including the applicant's own dwelling. 13.05.015
  15. 15. Common breeds of chickens Silver Laced Wyandotte Rhode Island Red Barred Rock Buff Orpington Silkie Bantam
  16. 16. Resources
  17. 17. Bringing your babies home for the first time
  18. 18. Day 1 I eat starter feed and clean water. That’s it.
  19. 19. Brooding chicks You are replacing the warmth and protection of the mother hen.
  20. 20. Cardboard Box Brooder
  21. 21. Rubbermaid Tub
  22. 22. Have a drink
  23. 23. Starter feed Watch for pasty vents.
  24. 24. 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>
  25. 25. The right temperature Clustering chicks is a bad sign. Spread out like this is good. Trust your instincts.
  26. 26. Handle chicks a lot
  27. 27. Introduce your pets
  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. kiddie pool brooder
  30. 31. Getting thru the teen years: 6-20 Weeks Don’t let me roam free. I don’t have good judgment.
  31. 32. I eat “Grower or Developer” feed. Kitchen scraps. Scratch grains are like dessert to me.
  32. 33. How to tell if you have a rooster
  33. 34. 6-8 weeks. Time to start transitioning to the outside.
  34. 35. It’s warm enough to let the pullets spend the day in the chicken tractor.
  35. 36. Build a Chicken Coop
  36. 37. Predators love chicken Think about us when building a coop.
  37. 38. Predators are clever
  38. 39. Chicken Wire
  39. 40. The Hen Years: Egg production and living outside. 20 weeks and beyond I eat “Layer Pellets”, kitchen scraps, bugs, worms, “scratch”, grit, and some oyster shell or calcium would be nice.
  40. 41. Keep food safe from mice, rats, and raccoons.
  41. 42. Feed and Water
  42. 43. The run
  43. 44. Nest Boxes
  44. 45. Egg hunt
  45. 46. Home on the range
  46. 47. Clover field
  47. 48. Bribe with treats Wrong Right
  48. 49. A word about Avian Flu
  49. 50. A lot of chickens
  50. 51. Close Quarters
  51. 52. Healthy, Happy Hens
  52. 53. The End