A lot of people in the inner city suburbs are starting to realise the benefits of raising backyard chickens. Not only are they easy to take care of but they produce fresh eggs and are a great learning tool for children, growing up around farm animals in the inner city.
Inner city life brings with it a lot of pros, you’re close to the action and work, you don’t miss out on anything and you don’t have to sit through hours of peak hour traffic, but it also holds you back from having the backyard of you dreams. Many of us who live in the inner city do not have much space in our yards, many only have courtyards, but if you do happen to have enough space to install a chicken coup, it is a worthwhile endeavour. There are plenty of shed companies like SteelChief who supply well-sized chicken coups for backyards, so you can gain the benefits of raising chickens while living in the inner city.
Chickens are so easy and inexpensive to maintain, when compared to your average pet, and they are your very own chemical free bug and weed control, they make great fertiliser and your kids will love them. If you are up for a little nature experiment, you can even raise your chicken from an egg by making an egg incubator. You can watch your chicks hatch and raise them from birth to be the big, healthy, egg laying chicken of your dreams.
The best flooring to use is pine shavings for a newborn chick. They will eat crumbs and water from a drip, and encourage your kids to play with them to get them used to being around people from an early age. If you haven’t spent much time around chickens yourself, getting to know them from when they are chicks is a great way to acclimatise yourself to them as they can be a little daunting to begin with when they are adults as you are not aware of their temperament.
It is also important when considering raising chickens to check with your local council to see if it’s legal in your area; this may be an issue if you have a small yard, but it may be possible to keep one or two.