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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:23:13AM

Raising backyard poultry

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Irresistible chicks are available at local feed stores now. Before you bring chicks home — learn what care they require, and what you’ll need to do to provide a home for them. Also be sure your zoning allows poultry.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Some folks like to keep a rooster or two. Fertilized eggs are nutritionally not different and a rooster is not necessary to maintain production. Dual-purpose birds such as these Rhode Island Reds are popular for back-yard poultry flocks. They’re hardy and lay an average of 17 to 20 dozen eggs per year.


ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Chickens are a logical complement to gardening. Chickens love to turn compost and they’ll devour any insects that may be harboring in the finished compost.

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Irresistible chicks are available at local feed stores now. A small flock of layers will keep you supplied with eggs, plus provide entertainment. Poultry keeping is on the rise across the country. Concerns about food safety, how caged birds are treated, and where food comes from are some of the reasons people raise their own flock.

Chickens are a logical complement to gardening, but be wary of turning your hens loose. Chickens love anything green — from weeds to tender vegetable plants. We’ve read about using chickens to keep your garden bug-free, but the reality is they’ll devour everything. Only give your flock free access to the garden at season’s end.

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