With the rise of industrialized food production, the iconic family farm with a red barn and chickens running around the yard may be a fading vision. Modern urbanites have little connection to our food sources and less and less control of how those foods are produced. In spite of this trend, there is a growing interest in taking back control of our food sources by purchasing locally grown items, growing small gardens, and even raising small livestock, right in the middle of the city.
Due to their small size and simple needs, as well as the reward of fresh eggs, raising chickens is a rapidly growing urban activity. This article will walk the newcomer step-by-step through the activities involved in keeping happy and healthy hens.
This article will focus on starting with "point of lay" hens, poults that are sold just prior to or just after they start to lay eggs.
Photo credit: "Early Rooster" by artist Ed Wargo