more about: chickens

What Makes a Backyard Chicken-Friendly?

We’ve said it before but it bears repeating: Backyard chickens are ruling the West. The latest in poultry trends? Chicken gardens. That’s right. Gardens designed around the needs of your feathered friends. The go-to book is Free-Range Chicken Gardens (Timber Press, 2012; $20), by Seattle landscape designer Jessi Bloom. Four things to keep in mind:

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Tour de Coop Hits Palo Alto

You know how we feel about our chickens — it’s poultrypalooza out here.

And, of course, coops gotta have style. But what’s the point of all that style if there’s no one to cluck over it? Enter the Tour de Coop, a self-guided bicycle tour of local chicken coops and gardens (bonus Western cred points for the two-wheel requirement).

Urban Farmers, Here’s a Swap Meet Not to Miss

I’ll be the first to admit that my idea of a Rocky Mountain high is a little…different. I totally geek out on goats and my heart races at the sight of a Booted Bantam chicken.

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New job: A chicken sitter

Landscape designer Anna Goeser runs and owns Easy Acres Chicken Sitting in Los Angeles and keeps busy with a roster of feathered clients. For $30 to $50 per day (depending on how far she has to travel to get to your chickens), she’ll clean coops, collect eggs, administer medication and even comfort hens and roosters (you know. Be a chicken whisperer). […]