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Urban Animal Husbandry

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Urban Animal Husbandry

Austin T. Animal husbandry is the domestication of animals for food, milk, cheese and eggs. Many folks are just now learning that taking care of their own livestock is rewarding and healthier. This discussion group will be about urban animal

Group Type: Transition Initiatives
Members: 16
Latest Activity: Aug 4, 2011


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Chickens (and other animals) in the garden

Started by Mike Lorenz. Last reply by Mel Riser May 5, 2009. 3 Replies

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Comment by Les Squires -- Webmaster on July 24, 2011 at 7:20am
Mel, we modified your daily news feed to include all news from around the globe on the subject of URBAN ANIMAL HUSBANDRY. items that may be useful for your members -- DAILY GLOBAL SCAN OF URBAN ANIMAL HUSBANDRY.  Updated every day with new items.
Comment by Colorado.CA on July 28, 2009 at 7:54pm
Rabbits and Chickens... have had Nubian milk goats as well.
Comment by Kathy McMahon on May 28, 2009 at 1:14pm
Great group. Just to let you know that I'm doing a 90 minute online introduction on how to start raising chickens on June 13 at Post Peak Living. It will cover the basics to encourage people to take the first step. Early registration ends this Sat. and if you know people who want an introduction, please let them know!

For more information or registration contact:
Comment by Titanic Lifeboat Academy on May 15, 2009 at 3:07pm
Here's a great article on our growing "Chicken Movement"!:
Legal or Not, Chickens Are the Chic New Backyard Addition

Adrian Higgins, Washington Post
Shenandoah is a red-feathered hen nestled under the right arm of Anna Mae Conrad, who is 10 and lives in Takoma Park. "When you hold her for a long time," Anna Mae says, "you can feel her relax; you can feel her putting pressure on you." Anna Mae strokes the stole of plumage around Shenandoah's neck, and the bird closes her eyes in a moment of chicken bliss. "This is actually my chicken."...

...The Conrads are at the vanguard of a resurgent interest in backyard chicken keeping, especially in distinctly nonrural settings. In cities across the United States, raising backyard poultry has suddenly become as chic as growing your own vegetables. It's all part of the back-to-the-land movement whose proponents want to save on grocery bills, take control of their food supply and reduce the carbon footprint of industrial agriculture...

...I am walking along a block of rowhouses on Capitol Hill to meet a young professional who is also flying under the chicken radar. She offered to show me her coop, but anonymously, because she feared that her enterprise was unlawful. She leads me through the house to the back yard, where three Rhode Island Red hen hybrids live in a homemade coop and adjoining run, which is enclosed with chicken wire. "I bought a circular saw to make it," she said. The coop is lined with newspapers (try doing that with a laptop), and the base slides out for cleaning...
(14 May 2009)
Comment by Mike Lorenz on May 5, 2009 at 1:55pm
I just got 6 chicks to add to my suburban homestead. 1 is a white sultan, and the other 5 are a yet-to-be-determined breed. My kids were elated to get them, my wife is...uhh... still warming up to the idea. I'm looking forward to learning and sharing with everybody here.
Comment by Titanic Lifeboat Academy on May 1, 2009 at 10:31pm
This forum is an excellent idea, and your little Rhodie (looks like) makes a beautiful mascot. I love my backyard chickens and have just added ducks. I look forward to discussions with other poultry lovers.
Comment by Mel Riser on April 8, 2009 at 4:47pm
Backyard livestock is coming into a rennaisance and many folks are starting to keep a small coop opf chickens, rabbits or goats to supplement their grocery store purchase...

This group is a place to ask questions and discuss issues related to backyard or urban animal husbandry.


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