dreaming of raising chickens, in light of pittsburgh ’s NEWLY UPDATED zoning
a guide to raising city chickens
ordinance on backyard farm animals? worried about the recent CENTERS FOR DISEASE by em demarco
CONTROL warnings about kissing and snuggling your chickens? here are a few tips
july 29, 2015
from PHILLIP CLAUER, a poultry specialist with the penn state extension.
i ’ve been
decide what you want the birds for *
around chickens all my life.
some are bred for laying
many eggs ...
varieties of chickens!
where to get
their fancy looks.
recognizes over 350 breeds and
... others for
educator teaches at
the american poultry association
department of animal science
from most heritage
“chickens can be a fun, rewarding
hobby and experience for families in
any setting. but there are some
they will lay
* before you buy anything, make sure you understand
precautions that you need to take to
chickens need access to clean
"if you wouldn't
possums, dogs, cats …
have to drink it."
will get fat!
directly on your garden, you'll kill the plants.)
manure properly. ( if you toss it
birds shouldn't slippery
birds are very
do not feed them:
drink it, the temperature,
rats will eat eggs and
water and feed at all times.
provide a coop that protects them from:
predators. ( raccoons,
development, make sure to check those rules, too.
raising healthy chickens requires a healthy environment
federal program that
the new zoning ordinance. if you live in a housing
protect yourself and your birds.”
the NATIONAL POULTRY IMPROVEMENT PLAN is a
a covered, controlled area keeps them safe from from predators and
... plus, just like dogs,
wild birds carrying
chickens shouldn’t be
wandering the streets of your
feed/litter to sit in a moist pile.
injury from openings or jagged parts. (curious birds may rip off a comb! )
make sure the coop is
2 sq. ft.
big enough. ( during
winter, they ALL need
sickness can strike any flock, big or small
ground so nothing
pile up. if it's pine shavings, clean at least once a month.
biosecurity : traffic control
keep feed in sealed
keep coop off the
if the coop has a wire frame floor, don't let the poop
1 sq. ft. per pound of bird
to fit inside at once.)
burrows under it.
... and kissing and snuggling? salmonella is present in almost any animals' feces
“check your for external parasites monthly,
may not be
but if you wash your hands
young children and the elderly are more suseptible,
reptile, cat, or gerbil.
thoroughly the chances of
getting sick are unlikely.
uh, the VENT? “the back entrance ... it's where the eggs and manure passes. check for mites and lice.”
don ’t allow visitors who have been among ANY birds, whether it’s the local duck pond or neighbors
with their own backyard chickens.
your neighbors just
“birds are constantly
visited the local duck
going to the bathroom in
pond. but they stepped in
duck feces, which
everything you touch in
accidentally dropped in
that environment could
your chicken run.
parasites are ‘equal opportunity ’
now your chickens are
when it comes to
infected. it’s that easy
poultry … they'll
to spread disease.
affect birds in the pasture, they'll affect birds in a cage in a house."
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