By Alexandra Fitzgerald
The Times 

Raising Backyard Chickens


Alexandra Fitzgerald

We allow our hens to brood clutches occasionally. Newly hatched chicks fluff up quickly once dry.

Have you ever had pet chickens? Neither did I until a few years ago. After a nasty bite from a vicious kindergarten class parakeet, it took me a while to venture into the avian world again. While I live a bit outside of town, I wanted to talk about raising chickens in town. It's relatively easy and completely manageable with a few considerations. I'll give a list of resources at the end of this article if you're ready to dive in.

The Basics: All chickens need food, water, and safe living space. Feed is cheap and is available at any farm store. If you start with chicks, you'll want to start...

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