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Coalition of Animal Sanctuaries Craft Policy Statement on Urban Chicken-Keeping

Animals  (tags: chickens, poultry, rescued, backyard chicken keeping, animalwelfare )

- 3163 days ago -
A coalition of animal sanctuaries involved in the direct care of unwanted chickens in the United States has formulated recommendations regarding the recent trend in backyard chicken-keeping. As the popularity of raising backyard flocks has grown, our she


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Fiona O (561)
Monday February 15, 2010, 1:39 pm
I am very glad I read the complete article. Urban chicken keeping is as difficult and unsuitable as urban bee keepiing. Such things are great for more rural areas.

Carol V (28)
Monday February 15, 2010, 4:01 pm
read and noted

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday February 15, 2010, 4:47 pm
Chickens are wonderful as pets, however they do require tender loving care! They can become very friendly & sociable animals. A protective shelter from cold in winter is required & also protection from hot days when it is extremely hot, since a chicken can overheat so shade is a must. And an ample supply of clean water at all times is mandatory, as they cannot run out at any given time. They also provide nutritious eggs for consumption as well! It can be one of your most profitable pets around. I know I have over 100 & all are very well taken care of & so very friendly! They are amazing for the gardens as well! In the summer they scratch all day long for bugs, worms, grass, vegetation & everything eatable in their paths. They can put miles on in a single day. They are early risers & retire at night early. Amazing little creatures. I surely love my chickens!

Catherine Turley (192)
Monday February 15, 2010, 9:10 pm
people in urban settings should know that they can fly over a six foot fence. and if you're gone all day, position the water source so that it doesn't get filled with dirt as they scratch. my neighbor's water buckets are always empty, so i got them a bucket that attaches to a hose which refills all day long.

mary f (200)
Tuesday February 16, 2010, 3:50 am
thanks tierney

Sonja C (7)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 2:44 pm
I live way out in the countryside and my chickens live with my rabbits and guineapigs in a massive shed and also have a very very large run they all love each other and the chickens let you pick them up and stroke them they are lovely pets.

Barbara DelGiudice (123)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 2:49 pm
aaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwww cute little babies peaking out of that awful box. Poor little babies.

susan w (13)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 3:22 pm
reminds me of my hen and rooster i used to have...i raised them from little chicks to a fine looking hen and rooster...chickens need care just like any animal...i often worried about them in the winter time if they were warm enough....if the temperture got below freezing ,my parents(i was a teen ager then) let me keep them in the basement but only at night...gosh i sure miss having chickens...thanks tierney

Eternal Gardener (736)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 6:43 pm
There sure should be policies for keeping backyard chooks ! I'm the lucky caretaker of 6 beautiful ladies, all the chook-antics they display are highly entertaining. I do have to admit that I'm not an urban chook-keeper . I keep them on a large parcel of land in the sticks, and it took me nearly 18 months to turn my chook-keeping wish into reality, cause it is no mean feat to build them a predator save coop and run etc., and to acquaint yourself with their needs, characteristics and psychology.
Some of my friends refer to their housing as the chicken-taj mahal, and think I take certain things a bit too seriously. I probably do,but at least my chickens don't get eaten by wild dogs, pythons, foxes and the likes. Can't emphasise enough that animal-husbandry is a heavy responsibility that shouldn't be taken too lightly. Though if you do it well you get rewarded by happy chooks and the most delicious eggs (and at least then you know what they have eaten and if that fits into your dietary plans. i.e. no animal derived proteins for vegans for example)

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 7:30 pm
Noted, thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 8:48 pm
Thanks, Tierney.

Cheryl Ulrich (110)
Wednesday February 17, 2010, 10:09 pm
Wow ! There's alot to know about having chickens ! :) I guess we knew this was coming - what with the renewed interest in organic - where people want to start raising their own chickens . I'm glad they discourage people from doing so . It's a responsibility that shouldn't be undertaken on a whim . And leave it to the folks who have the space for it ! I'm sure they're happier in the country than on someones patio ! :(

m nielsen (1)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 12:23 am
This website contains a great deal of misinformation. I grew up with 100,000 egg layers---that's what we had at one time. Hens were replaced about every two years in lots of 25,000. When we were selling eggs to the hatchery, we had roosters in with the hens. Sending day old chicks through the mail in a cardboard box is not cruel: they keep each other warm; the egg yolks, which become part of their bodies before hatching eliminate the neeed for food or water for a minimum of 72 hours after hatching; like all birds, darkness is soothing. The chicks came to our farm in Wisconsin from a hatchery in Kentucky and arrived when 3 days old. Of all the lots of chickens we received over the years, the maximum number arriving dead was 14 (out of 25,000). Of course we were experienced chicken raisers; when the chicks arrived the brooders were set up and warm, bedding was on the floor and warm, and feed and water were immediately available. We had a rooster for dinner at least once a week and the only distress the chicken felt was the stress of being caught. My mother and grandmother had excellent aim with the ax, but I preferred to wring their necks (where do you think that expression came from?). In any case, both methods cause instantaneous death. Are you people so squeamish that you don't understand where your food comes from? I also used to live in an area of the country where the nearest grocery store was 125 miles away; if you didn't grow and preserve your own food, both animal and vegetable, you didn't eat.

Patricia C (96)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 9:14 am
Thank you Tierney, noted.

Seth E (82)
Thursday February 18, 2010, 2:17 pm
While I love the ideas of getting food as locally as possible, including setting up gardens when it's possible to do so, raising livestock such as these seems way to problematic for most people and is probably better left to professionals, or at least those with sufficient experience.

It's way too easy for someone to quickly get in over their head, and without knowing what to do when things get too complicated, this can become more of a negative effort than a positive one.

Jere W (9)
Friday February 19, 2010, 6:32 am
Noted thanks
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