Too often, people think that raising chickens is something you can only do out in the country. However, you can get the rewards of raising backyard chickens in urban and suburban environments, as well. But don’t think you can use the same techniques in a rural environment as you can in a city or suburb. Here, we provide you with the info you need to start your backyard urban or suburban flock.
Know Your Local Laws and Regulations
Before you start building up your flock, it’s important to be aware of your local laws and regulation. Each municipality has their own rules on the types of birds you can own, how many, and more. Common laws, zoning restrictions, and noise ordinances can also impact how you handle your flock.
Choose the Right Chicken Breeds
Not all chickens are the same. Their needs and characteristics can vary depending on their breed. As such, some breeds are better suited to urban and suburban environments than others. Some examples include the following:
Provide Proper Housing
Every chicken needs a proper home. However, in a suburban or urban environment, you may not have the same amount of space as you would in a rural environment. As such, you’ll need to build smaller housing options such as mobile coops or small backyard sheds. Additionally, it’s important that you don’t buy too many chickens so that each one has adequate space. Keep their housing spaces clean and comfortable and your chickens should thrive.
Manage Waste, Noise, and Odor
In a suburban and urban environment, you have neighbors close by. As a result, the activity of your backyard flock will impact them as well as you. It’s important to not only get your neighbor’s approval of your backyard flock, but to also ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum. This means reducing waste, noise, and odors as much as possible.
Ensure Proper Nutrition and Health Care
At the end of the day, your chickens need proper nutrition and health care. You can do this by providing them with nutritious food, clean water, and plenty of space for them to roam. To learn more, read through our blog or contact Chickens for Backyards today!