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Gone are the days when chickens were strictly confined to rural farms. Urban chicken-keeping has become a growing movement, with city dwellers realizing the benefits of having their own flock.

Not only do chickens provide a steady supply of fresh eggs, but they also contribute to organic waste management through their natural fertilization process.

Before diving into the world of urban chicken-keeping, it's crucial to understand and adhere to local regulations.

Zoning laws and local rules vary from place to place, so it's essential to check with the city council to determine whether keeping backyard chickens is permitted in your residential area.

Some municipalities have embraced the idea and even provide guidelines on coop size, noise regulations, and the number of chickens allowed.

Standard Breed Chickens: 4 square feet of coop space per bird; 8 square feet of run space per bird.

Standard Heavy Breed Chickens: 8 square feet of coop space per bird; 15 square feet of run space per bird.

Backyard chickens don’t need the same vaccine regimen as commercial chickens.

That’s because some of the diseases that commercial chickens are exposed to are not as prevalent in backyard flocks. They also run a much lower risk of it spreading outside of the flock.

If you have a safe, predator- proof, fenced area that your chickens can hang out in, then yes, you can let your chickens free range in your yard.

They can also be vulnerable to random neighborhood dogs that have access to your property.

Always make sure the chickens are in a fenced area and consider putting up netting above their outdoor area for protection from eagles and hawks.

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