This episode is an encore showing of one of our most popular episodes ever.
Raising chickens might be worth it for the entertainment value alone. Yet whether kept for eggs, meat, or just as pets, chickens are a fun addition to the yard. When we aired Episode 115 Living Homegrown Fresh in Season One, one element of the show that resonated with our viewers more than we expected was Theresa’s city chickens. Charlotte the Polish hen nearly stole the spotlight, and let’s just say we won’t be surprised if she gets her own show.
In this episode, Theresa and Joe talk about how anyone can get started with raising chickens, which includes checking your local ordinances, a little research into breeds, where to get chicks and how to care for them, building or buying a coop, and what it takes to care for your chickens. Chef Nathan cooks up delicious, fresh eggs three ways: fancy shirred eggs for brunch, quick scrambled eggs, and perfectly “over medium” fried eggs.
For more information:
- Fresh Eggs Daily-A very popular website for learning more
- Another popular website for backyard chicken information: backyardchickens.com
- Our own Doug Scott’s great eBook on keeping chickens. Get it for free!
- Building Chicken Coops For Dummies book by our own Todd Brock
- American Livestock Breed Conservancy (ALBC)
- My Pet Chicken is the site Joe mentions that sells as few as 3 chicks at a time
- Sand Hill Preservation Center – Heirloom seeds AND poultry breeds!
- The HenCam.com
- “Henside the Beltline” Chicken Coop Tour, Raleigh, NC
- GardenFowl.com – Seattle Area Chicken Coop Tours
- Theresa’s chicken coop is from GreenChickenCoop.com
- Chef Nathan recipes from this episode, Eggs Three Ways
- Joe Lamp’l blog post Sometimes You Need to Ruffle a Few Feathers
- Joe’s fancy red coop details with all the bells and whistles
- The Chicken Whisperer with Andy Schneider – online radio show
*Unfortunately, since this show aired, The City Chicken is no longer available. Google your local county laws about keeping chickens in your backyards.
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