I live in Omaha, Nebraska and I have chickens in my backyard.
I don't own an acreage; just a normal city lot.
Hoping to find others who raise backyard chickens and share advice and information.
Here are some easy links to this website.....
Many people don't know that many cities allow you to raise chickens in your backyard. Chickens require minimal upkeep and don't need much room. They provide natural fertilizer, fresh eggs and are quieter than your neighbor's dog!
First, contact your city's local Health Department to determine if chickens are allowed within your city limits. If so, the Health Department will issue you a permit.
Let your neighbors know that you have decided to raise chickens.
Chickens do cluck and can get loud after laying an egg. Also, they will have to be in a confined area, and the poop, (I mean fertilizer), will have to be cleaned up.
Purchase or go to the library for books on how to raise chickens, read articles on the internet and prepare yourself for your own personal blunders.
Decide where you will want to put your chicken coop. Mind you, they do have to be checked on every day, for feeding, watering and egg collection, so you will want to position your coop in a convenient area. My coop is about 15 feet behind the house.
If you have an existing tool shed in your backyard, you could retrofit part of it for your chickens. Depending on the number of chickens you want, an unused doghouse with a chain link kennel would work just fine also.
Make sure to purchase feed, water and food containers prior to getting your chicks. Chickens need fresh water daily, even in the winter. (I used a heated dog bowl for my water bowl this winter.)
You can purchase all of these items at your local feed supply store.....along with your baby chicks.
Make sure to have a coop built BEFORE you get your chickens! They grow very fast.
Chickens normally lay an egg once a day. Decide carefully how many chickens you would like to have considering your family's egg consumption.
Will you be trying to sell your eggs? Locally, eggs at the grocery store are about $1.00 a dozen. Not everyone will want to pay more for fresh eggs. My extended family purchases eggs from me and will never go back to store bought eggs.
Here, in Omaha, Nebraska, ROOSTERS are normally NOT ALLOWED. They crow.....alot.......at all times of the day.
****NOTE***** You do NOT need a rooster in order to get eggs.
(There was alot of confusion amongst my male friends about that one.)
Your hens will be quite content without a rooster around. In order to have baby chicks, you would need a rooster. But then you would risk having baby roosters and annoyed neighbors with all the crowing.
Usually baby chicks are sold pre-sexed. Females are raised for eggs, males for meat. Ask at your local feed supply store which are the females.
Raising chickens can be very rewarding! But just like every other animal, they need fresh water and food. In the winter, it can be difficult to keep their water from freezing. Here are a few ideas to accomplish that.
The most economical solution to keep your chickens water from freezing, is to continuously pour hot water over the frozen water. You might have to bust out the frozen water and then add more hot water. The only problem with this solution, is that we don't always have the time or desire to go out to the coop 2-3 times a day.
You can also purchase a heated poultry fountain such as the one pictured here, that I found at American Livestock and Pet Supply, Inc. for $35.95 plus S/H.
The choice I made was to buy a couple of heated dog bowls. I purchased mine at Menards (or any home improvement store) for $12.99 each. This style only heats the water when it gets below freezing, so it's easy on your
You will need electricity to your chicken coop. I run an extension cord into the coop from an outside outlet without any problems.