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Watch out kittens and puppies, chickens are quickly becoming the new of choice. Backyard chicken coops are growing in numbers, and not just on the outskirts of town. While urban farming isn a new concept, it has grown in popularity over the last few years. I spoke with Bill Bezuk who started The Eugene Backyard Farmer, about the popularity of backyard chickens. Even he was shocked by the trend, have seen a major increase in backyard chicken keeping. Everyoneknew that this year was going to be big, but nobody knew it was going to be this big. The Eugene Backyard Farmer has already sold twice as many chicks this year then all of last year. According to Bezuk, around the country are overwhelmed with demand and are having a tough time getting chicks to all the farm stores. I have friends and family members who have backyard coops. I suspect it is due to the many benefitsthey provide, such as: knowing where your eggs come from, superior nutritiouslyand better tasting, similar maintenance to other family pets, free fertilizer and chemical free pest control, not to mention free fun and educational backyard entertainment for the whole family!
Before you run out and buy a flock, there are rules and regulations that come with urban chickens. Here is the official city code on the subject: Eugene Code 9.5250 Farm Animal Standards(1) (a) states: up to 2 adult rabbits or hens (noroosters) over 6 months of age are allowed inany residential zone. Currently, City Councilhas suspended enforcement of the two henlimitation within this section of the code. No roosters are ever allowed,
and initiate themost complaints against chicken owners, somake sure to purchase sexed pullets (I let you look this one up for yourself) for thebest chance to raise only hens.
Full grown chickens producean egg a day throughout most of their productive years. While I was shocked to learn that a chicken can lay an egg a day, that doesn come close to producing enough eggs, when you only have two hens. Especially for a larger family that relies heavily on the eggs produced. That is one reason why the city council has suspended the two hen limitation the time being. City nuisance officials only enforce the number when neighbors complain. If you live in Springfield however, this won be a problem as Springfield allows residents to keep four hens.
The benefits of having your own chickens are obvious, but urban farming doesn come cheap. However, according to Bezuk, your backyard flock is established the upkeep and maintenance is minimal. When I asked Bezuk about the money side of it, he said biggest cost is the start up, specifically the coop. You can keep your cost down by reusing materials. If you aren up for the task of building your own coop, you canpurchase pre built chicken coops (average price ranges from $300 $400).
Once you have the coop ready, it time to get the chickens. Here is where some other minimal costs factor in. In addition to kitchen scrapes, they eat a standard layer ration. The layer blend is designed for backyard hens and they eat about a pound offeed per week per bird. Not bad considering what you get in return. a backyard flock of 5 hens will produce over2 dozen eggs a week with a feed cost of about $2.50 per week,” Bezuk went on to tell me.
With minimal maintenance and low long term costs, I can easily see why backyard chicken coops are so popular and why they will continue to grow in popularity. Not to mention as Bill Bezuk told me, they generally improve a person quality of life on a number of levels. Like I said,
look out puppies and kittens are moving in.