Now that Wausau's city council has voted to allow chickens within the city limits, local residents may be wondering just exactly how to make their dreams of backyard poultry a reality.
Well, first things first, we recommend you read the actual ordinance (8.08.012, page 10) and make sure what you're planning aligns with what is permitted in your area. And for those of you in other Marathon County municipalities who are curious about owning chickens, we can point you to the ordinances that may affect you; just contact us at the Reference Desk.
Then, when you're ready, check out some of the books offered by your local Marathon County Public Library on the topic of raising chickens, some of which we've listed below. For additional titles, visit www.mcpl.us?k=raising+chickens.
"CITY CHICKS: KEEPING MICRO-FLOCKS OF LAYING HENS AS GARDEN HELPERS, COMPOST CREATORS, BIO-RECYCLERS AND LOCAL FOOD SUPPLIERS"
The local foods movement is mushrooming and chickens have become its mascot. City Chicks brings fresh, innovative and new information about keeping backyard flocks of urban chickens. City Chicks describes in detail how chicken’s “skill sets” can be employed in a “Hen-Have-More Plan” for food production systems. Instead of using oil-based chemicals, chickens can help produce fertilizer and compost; they can turn yard waste into garden soil. Hens can also be used as mobile, clucking, (organic and non-toxic), pesticiders, herbiciders, and insecticiders.
No matter how small your lot is, you can keep chickens and enjoy fresh eggs every morning. Barbara Kilarski shares her passion for poultry as she fills this guide with tips and techniques for successfully raising chickens in small spaces. Spotlighting the self-sufficient pleasures of tending your own flock, Kilarski offers detailed information on everything from choosing breeds that thrive in tight quarters and building coops to providing medical care for sick animals. You’ll have fun as you keep happy and productive chickens.
"THE CHICKEN WHISPERER'S GUIDE TO KEEPING CHICKENS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW-- AND DIDN'T KNOW YOU NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT BACKYARD AND URBAN CHICKENS"
Are you looking for a great way to reconnect with the earth, the community, and your food sources? Keeping backyard chickens is a fun, simple way to start making this happen, even with limited space in your backyard. Let the Chicken Whisperer (poultry personality Andy Schneider) teach you everything you need to know about raising a backyard flock! Ditch the super-technical manuals and enjoy Andy's unique, common-sense perspective. This fun, comprehensive guide is a perfect fit for your busy lifestyle.
Experienced and novice chicken owners alike will find Hobby Farms: Chickens filled with valuable information about the ins-and-outs of buying, raising, and caring for chickens. As with any livestock, it is always best for keepers to be as knowledgeable as possible about their animals. Every chicken keeper will gather a flock of essential information on keeping these remarkable creatures from this colorful new addition to the Hobby Farms series"
Covers every aspect of raising chickens, whether in an urban, suburban or country setting, including descriptions of the most popular breeds, how to best feed and water the birds and how to sell eggs.
A guide to raising chickens provides information on such topics as choosing a breed; acquiring the chicks; and housing, feeding, and caring for them, along with plans for making nesting boxes and a mobile chicken housing structure, and includes nine egg recipes.
Gail Damerow shows you how to choose the right breeds for your needs, build efficient chicken coops, provide necessary medical attention for your animals, and much more. Whether you’re raising broilers for meat or preparing your chickens to win a blue ribbon at the next county fair, Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens will help you achieve your poultry-raising goals.
Presents a guide to caring for chickens on a small scale, including purchasing a starter flock, housing, feeding, care, and raising the animal for specific purposes such as food.
"THE SMALL-SCALE POULTRY FLOCK: AN ALL-NATURAL APPROACH TO RAISING CHICKENS AND OTHER FOWL FOR HOME AND MARKET GROWERS"
This colorful and informative volume on small-scale poultry farming provides a comprehensive reference for homesteaders and urban farmers covering the details of raising chickens for eggs and meat. Most useful for intermediate poultry keepers, the volume offers professional advice in flock planning, housing, feed, health, processing and developing small commercial opportunities, and provides detailed practical information, including step-by-step photographs of important processes and procedures. A series of appendices include detailed plans for poultry structures, recipes, and sample documents for flock management.
This book answers questions from housing to feeding, from selection to breeding, from pets to production, and from the best lookers to the best layers. This book covers everything the backyard farmer needs to know about poutlry husbandry - including preventative and curative herbal medicines and homeopathics. Australian Alanna Moore has taken her own extensive experience of herbal medicine and backyard poultry farming Down Under and used it to produce a very compact and readable reference invaluable to people around the world.
This comprehensive guide, written in charming prose from the perspective of an organic farmer, will appeal to readers who are interested in raising chickens, or simply want the best knowledge about how to cook them. With this in mind, farmer and animal expert Jennifer Megyesi discusses all the basic details of raising the birds—general biology, health, food, choosing breeds, and so on—and she cuts through the smoke to identify what terms like "organic," "free-range," and so on really mean for poultry farmers and consumers.
This book is not just a collection of plans, but a compendium of the background and insider information for chicken owners. How much space will you need? What is dust bathing? How many nest boxes and windows will your coop need? How much will it cost? What steps do you need to take to keep your chickens safe from predators?
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