Chickens at the Stock Show

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Living green, self-sufficient, or living off the grocery store grid. Whatever you call it, urban farming is becoming more than a trend but a lifestyle.

Living green, self-sufficient, or living off the grocery store grid. Whatever you call it, urban farming is becoming more than a trend but a lifestyle. Urban farming is where you can keep certain farm animals in your backyard! Have you ever thought about a chicken in your backyard? Well it can happen with some supplies and a brain full of chicken knowledge. Here it is. At the 2013 National Western Stock Show, I met Brenda, a chicken farmer from Lakewood. She gave me some info about chickens and how to take good care of them while they are at your home. Think of them as your pet. Get them the basic pet items to take care of them with. If you live in the city, and there are lots of foxes and cats, make sure your chicken has enough protection to survive the night. “ Keep the best and eat the rest,” as Brenda says. So if you are not happy with your chicken, eat it! Don’t get your hopes up about making a lot of money with the eggs though. It takes 25 days for a hen to make an egg. It will not hatch unless you have a male and a female. In some cities you have to get a permit. Also you will need a permit for a rooster if that city even allows you. If you are thinking of getting a rooster, you must be an early bird! They crow at 4:00 A.M. It is not very hard to farm a chicken. You just need to change it’s food and water every day and change it’s pen every 2 weeks. If you are thinking about getting another bird, each chicken needs a square foot. You can only have up to 6 chickens  on a property though. If your parents won’t let you get a chicken, join a 4-H group. They will let you raise a chicken. Sometimes the owners let you keep your chicken at their house. 4-H has many other farming activities too. So go out there and raise a bird. No fowl, no harm.