Greenhouses are a great way to grow produce year round, so that covers your produce bill, but there are many people out there that are now, and have been, keeping chickens in their own backyards….. and they are actually producing eggs.
A chicken produces an egg pretty much every 24 hrs. So it doesn’t take too many chickens to produce enough fresh eggs for a family.
There are actually a few Municipalities out there that have legalized the keeping of Chickens in Urban backyards, here are a few examples:
New York City
And most Recently Vancouver
You can take a look at this article from the Vancouver Sun for an interesting read.
Not only will the book show you plans on how to build your own chicken coops backyard it will also help to choose the proper chicken for your area and climate.
Here is a testimonial of an Amateur chicken farmer explaining more about the book:
Chicken Coops Backyard
"If you are considering keeping chickens in your back yard, you must read this book..." "...If you are considering keeping chickens in your back yard, you must read this book. Whether you have a tiny courtyard or acres to play with, Keene’s advice will stand you in good stead and help you build the right chicken coop. The focus of the book is on being well-prepared for your flock before they even arrive. Keene ensures that you consider every issue before you spend a cent on birds, feed or equipment. He discusses which species is appropriate for your garden, what they should eat and, as the title suggests, how you should house them. Anyone with basic do-it-yourself tools and a patch of land could follow his instructions. The drawings and diagrams are easy to interpret and the lists of materials and tools needed are very helpful. Keene also appreciates that the value of using recycled materials in your chicken coop – cheap and environmentally friendly. Keene encourages responsible husbandry – his reminder of tasks to be completed weekly, monthly and sixth monthly should be replicated onto the calendar of any careful poultry keeper. The level of detail is just right, from a list of the color of the egg you might expect from you hen to a description of healthy hen’s poop! If you follow his tips, your happy hens will be very productive. Next we need a cookbook for ideas to use up all the spare eggs…"
Tracyann - Amateur Chicken Farmer - Devon, United Kingdom
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I am an animal lover, through and through (but I am sure that anyone that would be interested in keeping chickens in their backyards would be as well).
I hope that anyone that does decide to keep chicken coops backyard truly does their homework and has a home ready well before they bring their Chickens home.
Here’s another video
Greenhouses are a good way to make a nice sized run for your chickens for some exercise. The one on this video is made of PVC pipe and is pretty light weight. Could be moved without the tractor fairly easily so that the chicken fertilizer could be spread around.