Mother Earth Living


Raising Chickens in the City

Urban gardeners are flocking to chickens to keep bugs away and provide eggs and compost. Keeping backyard birds is easier than you might think.



An ultra-modern retreat, the Eglu mobile chicken coop by Omlet is sleek enough for any urban chick.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW DRAKE
Jennifer Carlson designed her own 3-by-18-foot wooden coop and painted it bright orange and yellow.
The coop provides plenty of horizontal space, good air circulation, and spots for sunshine and shade. It sits on six inches of gravel topped with pavers to keep predators out. A storage unit beneath the coop stores the feeding and cleaning supplies.
An ultra-modern retreat, the Eglu mobile chicken coop by Omlet is sleek enough for any urban chick.
Jennifer Carlson’s composting fence benefits from nitrogen-rich chicken manure.
Every Eglu comes with a fox- and badger-resistant run so chickens can wander safely.
Carlson poses with Beatrice, one of her three butterscotch-brown Buff Orpington hens
Carlson’s garden grows lush and green with the remains of her chickens’ excavations––a rich mix of dirt, chicken manure and grass.
The Henspa Gazebo by Egganic Industries can be customized to match your home.

















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