Urban Chicken Keeping: Legalizing Backyard Chickens, Simple Boredom Busters, and More!

Tips for Urban Chicken Keepers

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Our Urban Chicken Keeping e-edition is NOW AVAILABLE. Learn how to make raising chickens in an urban setting easier. Tips on legalizing backyard chickens, simple boredom busters, explore Bantams, and much more! Subscribe today and look forward to more e-editions as well as every issue online with a new flip book style!




From the Editor By Marissa Ames

Chicken Chat: What tips can you share for successfully raising chickens in an urban or suburban setting?
Thanks to our Facebook readers for the great ideas! Follow the conversation on Facebook and watch for more chances to join in on Chicken Chat!

Making it Legal By Janet Garman
Learn how to influence laws to allow backyard chickens.

Urban Chicken Keeping

What are Bantam Chickens vs. Standard-Size Chickens? By Pam Freeman
Explore the differences between large fowl and Bantams.

Small & Useful By Christine Heinrichs
Bantam chickens eat less, among other virtues.

From Doghouse to Bantam Chicken Coop By Gail Damerow
From a cozy home for a canine to a Bantam-worthy abode.

Flock Photos
Featuring photos from our readers.

Urban Chicken Keeping

8 Simple Boredom Busters for Urban Chickens By Jodi Helmer
Keeping your flock entertained when they can’t roam free.

City Problems By Maureen Mackey
It’s important to keep rats out of your urban chicken coop.

Urban Chicken Keeping

Why You Need to Test Your Soil By Lori Fontanes
Understand what metals and minerals your flock is ingesting.

Bethel Home Helping Hens By Marissa Ames
Therapy chickens delight residents and visitors.

In Memoriam — Anna Marie Reser

And much more!


On the Cover:

Urban Chicken Keeping

A black sexlink pullet, owned by editor Marissa Ames, struts through an alley a mile away from downtown Reno.


Backyard Poultry magazine is your best source for information on how to raise healthier, more productive backyard chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, and even keeping guinea fowl. Whether you live on a farm, call a suburban neighborhood home, or are mastering poultry farming in an urban environment, we have the how-to guides and tips.

Never miss another great issue! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry today and gain access to the Urban Chicken Keepers e-edition, and many more to come.

Do you have tips for future urban chicken keepers? Share them in the comments below!


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