In this guide, the egg comes first. Eggs are the reason for your interest in raising urban chickens, aren’t they? If not, I assume you are looking for a pet, in which case I’ll warn you off chickens and suggest something with fur that you can snuggle. Hamsters are worth a try.
For those of you just joining us, this is a series dedicated to thinking about raising chickens in your backyard. As I said in the introduction, this is not a practical guide, rather it’s for those of us who prefer to purvey the idea of chickens from the safety of a desk chair. Be sure to review Chapter 1 - Coops.
Now, eggs. If fresh eggs are your reason for wanting urban chickens, do they taste better? More importantly, will the eggs be enough better to warrant the trouble (for you banker-types this is, roughly speaking, like a cost/benefit analysis)? (more…)