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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 *

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around chickens all my life.

veteran

some are bred for laying

poutry

many eggs ...

varieties of chickens!

the birds?

mille fleur

years

penn state

where to get

silkie

their fancy looks.

for 30

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recognizes over 350 breeds and

... others for

educator teaches at

the american poultry association

d'uccle

university ’s

bantam

department of animal science

PHILLIP CLAUER

red

expect

sex-link

50-100 eggs

hen

from most heritage

“chickens can be a fun, rewarding

when well

hobby and experience for families in

cared for,

any setting. but there are some

they will lay

breeds.

* before you buy anything, make sure you understand

260-300 eggs

precautions that you need to take to

chickens need access to clean

"if you wouldn't

possums, dogs, cats …

draft, moisture.

sensitive to

table

have to drink it."

scraps

cat food

will get fat!

directly on your garden, you'll kill the plants.)

bread

surfaces.

manure properly. ( if you toss it

sodium. they

birds shouldn't slippery

young chickens.)

birds are very

do not feed them:

drink it, the temperature,

rats will eat eggs and

compost

water and feed at all times.

provide a coop that protects them from:

predators. ( raccoons,

certifies hatcheries.

development, make sure to check those rules, too.

raising healthy chickens requires a healthy environment

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federal program that

the new zoning ordinance. if you live in a housing

a year.

protect yourself and your birds.”

the NATIONAL POULTRY IMPROVEMENT PLAN is a

a covered, controlled area keeps them safe from from predators and

(those leg

... plus, just like dogs,

wild birds carrying

tendons are

chickens shouldn’t be

disease ...

delicate.)

wandering the streets of your

don't allow

neighborhood!

feed/litter to sit in a moist pile.

injury from openings or jagged parts. (curious birds may rip off a comb! )

minimum =

make sure the coop is

2 sq. ft.

big enough. ( during

per bird

winter, they ALL need

sickness can strike any flock, big or small

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6

metal containers.

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.)

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recommended =

burrows under it.

... and kissing and snuggling? salmonella is present in almost any animals' feces

“check your for external parasites monthly,

chickens

never

may not be

introduce

resistant to

but if you wash your hands

that the

birds into

the vent.”

young children and the elderly are more suseptible,

the diseases

new adult

especially near

chicken,

reptile, cat, or gerbil.

your

birds regularly

thoroughly the chances of

new birds

your

getting sick are unlikely.

might be

flock.

carrying.

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

why ?

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

their environment.

duck feces, which

everything you touch in

accidentally dropped in

"disease and

that environment could

your chicken run.

parasites are ‘equal opportunity ’

be contaminated.”

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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July 29, 2015  

Pittsburgh City Paper Volume 25 Issue 30

July 29, 2015  

Pittsburgh City Paper Volume 25 Issue 30