Having kept chickens for the better part of two decades, I can attest to the joy they bring to even a small suburban yard. This month’s topic, appropriate as we begin our journey into spring, will be Urban Poultry: Rules/Regulations, Coop Design, Care and Considerations. Jim McCormack will lecture on the necessities, challenges and benefits of housing chickens in an urban environment. Dean tells us we might even have our very own guest lap chicken!
Recent changes in legal regulations surrounding chicken keeping within city and county limits as well as the relative ease that goes with raising chickens has resulted in larger numbers of novice chicken farmers. And there’s little wonder as to why. Eggs, of course, are an excellent reason to keep chickens, and you’ll be hard pressed to find any grocer that sells eggs of this quality (both in taste and in nutritional content). Other benefits of owning urban poultry are 1) chicken manure makes a fantastic fertilizer, 2) the foraging nature of chickens keeps soils fresh and aerated, and 3), chickens all but ensure a yard free of pest insects.
Even if you’re unlikely to entertain owning chickens yourself, understanding the ideas of raising chickens enriches our local communities and paves the way for the (long overdue) informed repeal of existing legal barriers to urban poultry farming. So join us for a great evening as we talk about these wonderful animals and the many benefits they bring to the urban landscape.
Date: Wednesday, March 7th
Where: Sugar House Park Garden Center, 1602 East 2100 South