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Starting a Backyard Flock

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  • Backyard chickens are growing in popularity, and many US cities are adjusting ordinances to allow for this pastime
  • Requirements vary widely depending on your locale, with many limiting the number of chickens you can raise or requiring quarterly inspections (at a cost) and permits
  • Chickens need at least 14 hours of daylight to produce eggs, which means they’re going to produce far fewer eggs, and maybe none at all, during the darker, colder winter months
  • You’ll need to carefully consider the breed(s) of your chickens, as they each have unique personalities, weather tolerance, and egg-laying potential
  • In addition to providing fresh eggs, backyard chickens help you “biorecycle” food waste, provide natural pest control, improve the health of your soil and may even help you reduce stress and improve your mood

By Dr. Mercola

In the video above, Naomi Montacre, co-founder of Naomi's Organic Farm Supply in Portland, Oregon, shares some of the basic considerations you need to take when deciding whether to raise chickens in your own backyard.


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