Everything You Need for Urban Chicken Raising from The Chicken Whisperer
Backyard Chicken Coops for the City Chick
Small Chicken Farming
Andy Schneider has become famous in his own Alpharetta, Georgia as well as throughout the United States as a top chicken whisperer. He helps people raise chickens in the city and country.
As an advocate for human chicken raising and egg production, he promotes the concept of fewer chicken and egg farms and a greater number of small back yard flocks in America. This provides free range, fresh eggs and an array of learning experiences and fun for children.
Mr. Schneider is known as The Chicken Whisperer™ and produces a radio show, a blog, and an ongoing tour of the country in promotion of back yard chickens. I don't have chickens, but I follow The Chicken Whisperer™ on Facebook (see links below).
Interestingly, livestock scientist Dr. Temple Grandin (reference: Relevant Links, below) feels that the domesticated chicken is the next animal the nation should highlight as one needing better and more human living conditions. Andy Schneider is the man to see about that. He is the spokesman for USDA - APHIS Bio-Security for Birds
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention feel that backyard chickens are safe and not likely to carry diseases like avian flu.
The weekly 90-minute radio broadcast is hosted by Mr. Schneider with his co-host Pat Foreman, who has written several books about sustainable living. These two broadcasters talk about chickens, how to choose chickens for the urban family, and cover many related topics.
Guests on the show each week may be anyone from any aspect of sustainability, especially those involving food plants and livestock. Between the two co-hosts, this man and woman have the expertise of everything sustainable.
Their they travel with their work from the back yard garden and chicken flock to the 4-H Clubs and classrooms of America to lobbying state and local legislatures for bills that permit additional communities to raise chickens at the individual home level. An archive of online shows is located on the blog and you'll find the link below.
The Chicken Whisperer has one of the most widespread online presences I have seen. It is featured in several places on the Internet, but without ineffective redundancy. These places include a website, two blogs, an online radio show, an Examiner page, and social networking through Facebook and Twitter.
The Facebook page caught my attention first, with its happy yellow chicken logo. The Facebook page announces guests and topics on the weekly show, informs readers of special events, and announces new legislation in towns across America that will allow chickens to be raised in the local backyard at home. It is a good page to follow.
The Chicken Whisperer Radio Show
- Chicken Whisperer
- On the Air -- Back Yard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer | Internet Radio | Blog Talk Radio
Andy Schneider better known as the Chicken Whisperer has become the go-to guy across the country for anything chickens. Over the years he has helped a countless number of people start their very own backyard flocks. He is not only a national radio pe
- The Chicken Whisperer on Facebook
Raise chickens in the city or county to produce your own local eggs and contribute to sustainability. With his own radio show, this author is tops!
Long raised on Ohio farms, chickens have come to the large and small cities of the state. The capital, Columbus, Ohio is one of them.
Chickens Flocking to Ohio Cities
- Franklin County Working on New Regulations for Backyard Chickens, Ducks and Rabbits — ColumbusUnderg
Regulations are changing to allow for backyard chickens, ducks, and rabbits.
The Top 5 Best Backyard Chicken Breeds recommended by several advocate groups include Plymouth Rock (very friendly and good for eggs and meat), Rhode Island Red (lays brown eggs), Leghorn (noisy), Jersey Giant (also recommended highly for meat), and Americaunus, Araucana or Americana, which lay blue eggs.
Americauna Chicken, also called the "Easter Egger"Click thumbnail to view full-size
Even Actors are Choosing Chickens
Actor William H. Macey spoke recently of purchasing six baby chicks through the mail to raise for egg laying in Los Angeles. He built a chicken coop as well and said he expects 4 eggs a day. His children are taking an active part in raising the chicks as well.
In fact, he found that one chick was missing from the coop. Going into the house, he finally discovered the chick sleeping in the bed of one of his daughters, its head on the pillow and body under the covers.
Speaking of actors and a chicken, a documentary film called Mad City Chickens is making a tour of the US. It illustrates the lives and progress of individuals and families that have taken up the activity of backyard chicken raising.
Check out reputable chicken suppliers like My Pet Chicken and consult with them for the best choices. Most local ordinances allow for 6 to 12 chickens total per household/yard. Roosters are apparently not necessary unless new chicks are a plan, so neighbors will not be complaining of early morning crowing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention feel that backyard chickens are safe and not likely to carry diseases like avian flu.
Choosing Backyard Chicken Coops
I am impressed by the growing numbers of people purchasing assembly packages for chicken coops at home and even designing and building their own.County extension services connected with local universities often offer free designs and blueprints for them. Building coops can become a family project, if you want to involved your children.
Many of these chicken coops are in the design of small human houses and create decorative fixtures in the backyard as well as a shelter for then hens and chicks. Coops, therefore, do not necessarily destroy the landscaping or aesthetics of a city block.
A selection of chicken coops in a range of prices is available at farm supply stores, some home and garden stores, and from Amazon.com. With the growing trend toward sustainability, small chicken coops are becoming more frequently available at a larger number of retailers. Just as with bird houses, building plans are available online and in books; but do not forget to check online at various university/county extension services.
How about chickens in the city?
Would you consider raising a small flock of chickens in your backyard?
Relevant Chicken Links
- Chicken Whisperer's Home Alpharetta GA - The Best Place to Move In USA
Alpharetta, Georgia is at the top of the list of the 25 Best Places to Move in America.
- Dr. Temple Grandin, Autism, and How Animals Make Us ...
Temple Grandin combines a history of effective teaching skills, maximizing human potentials, industrial design, and cattle ranching to show us how to advocate for individuals with Autism...
A Chicken House on the National Register of Historic Places
What spring season in America would be complete with those candy Easter Peeps and the related pseudo-scientific website of extracurricular experiments on a village of Peeps. Visit Peeps Research for experimental laughter.
If you like Matt Groenig's Life In Hell with the strange yet familiar one-eared rabbit, you will probably like Savage Chickens. It is a comic strip by Dan Savage that has been collected into at least one book. Each Savage comic is portrayed on a Post-It Note, but a fun collection is available and some of the strips are also seen on the hilarious Internet site ICanHazCheezeBurger under LOLCats.