Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chicken raising resource list

Good evening all,

The resource list that follows was prepared over one year ago, when London Ontario's city council was first asked to look at the possibility of changes to bylaws that would make it o.k. to raise a few chickens in urban backyards. The long story is not going to be put down this evening: it's 11:30 p.m. and this questioning woman is tired, cranky and far too ready to rant about things.

There will be more entries on this topic, however.

Best regards,

Why's Woman


Chicken Resources

note: prepared April 21/10 by Why’s Woman ( Thanks to Ron Berezen of River City Chickens for the Urban chicken activists on line info which he put together for a recent article in Canadian Organic Grower. Thanks to Jacqueline Jolliffe for her paper. Any errors are Why’s Woman’s. Best regards to all users.

Urban chicken activists Groups on-line

note: most of this section was compiled by Ron Berezen for his article On a Wing and a Prayer. Thanks!

CLUCK (Calgary:):
River City Chickens (Edmonton):
Chickens in Vancouver:
SBCS (Saskatoon):
Backyard Chickens in Toronto:
Waterloo Hen Association:
Halifax Chickens:

Mad City Chickens: A Web site by, for and about the backyard chicken keepers of Madison, Wis.


Henderson’s Chicken Resources: Lots of basic information for keepers of small flocks, including a “Handy Dandy Chicken Chart” to help you choose breeds.


Mother Earth’s Chicken and Egg Page: Numerous chicken-related articles, complete details on Mother Earth’s egg nutrition tests, a comprehensive hatcheries directory and other essential tools.

The Modern Homestead: Virginia homesteader Harvey Ussery has tons of advice for getting started with poultry, including a question and answer section.

FeatherSite--The Poultry Page: An encyclopedic collection of all things poultry-related.

Robert Plamondon’s Poultry Pages: Chock-full of useful information on raising baby chicks, making your own feed and earning a living with your eggs.

Seattle Tilth: This nonprofit organic gardening group was one of the first to support chicken keeping as an element of sustainable local food systems. Learn about managing chickens in your garden, including tips for composting chicken manure.


Please! Always order your books from an independent book retailer!

Chicken Keeper’s Library Living with Chickens: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock by Jay Rossier

Encyclopedia of Country Living, 10th edition. Carla Emery. Sasquatch Books. 2008. This 922 page book is about more than raising chickens!

Keep Chickens! Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces by Barbara Kilarski

The Idiot’s Guide to Raising Chickens. Jerome D. Belanger. Alpha Press - a member of Penguin Group USA) Inc. 2010.

Pastured Poultry Profit$: Net $25,000 in 6 Months on 20 Acres by Joel Salatin for small, rural business

Raising Poultry on Pasture: Ten Years of Success edited by Jody Padgham for small, rural business

Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens: Care, Feeding, Facilities by Gail Damerow

Articles in magazines and papers

Anyone Can Raise Chickens. Harvey Ussery. Mother Earth News, Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009. Ussery’s website:

Balking at Bocking: urban chicken policy in Canada. Jacqueline Jolliffe, member of Transition Ottawa. Paper for a course taken with Andrew McCann, St. Laurence College and for JustFood Ottawa.found at:

Best Chicken Breeds for Backyard Flocks. Troy Griepentrog. Mother Earth News, April/May 2010.

Chicken Keeper’s Library. Laura Sayre. Mother Earch News. April/May 2007. list has been incorporated into this Chicken Rsources list

Grow Your Own Poultry Feed. Harvey Ussery. Mother Earth News. Feb/Mar 2010.Ussery’s website is:

How Do Your Eggs Stack up? Laura Sayre. Mother Earch News. April/May 2007.

On a Wing and a Prayer: the urban chicken-keeping movement takes flight. Ron Berezen. Canadian Organic Grower, Spring, 2010.

Portable Chicken Mini-coop Plan. Cheryl Long. Mother Earth News, April/May 2007


American Livestock Breeds Conservancy: Pioneer organization working to conserve historic breeds and genetic diversity in livestock.

Cherry Creek Canadians. with information about the Chantecler Chicken.

Rare Breeds Canada Rare Breeds Canada's mission is to make Canadians more aware of their agricultural heritage and, through education and niche marketing, involve them in conserving endangered breeds of farm livestock and poultry.

Sand Hill Preservation Center: This small family farm in Iowa sells heirloom garden seeds and rare poultry. Their Web site features firsthand descriptions of many unusual breeds; they also offer a “tasty chicken treats” seed mix to encourage your birds to forage.

Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities: Works to perpetuate and improve rare breeds of poultry.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hello - I would very much like to speak with you about the august 16th meeting. I work in an area that is at risk when it comes to food and I see this as an excellent piece to the puzzle of solution. I have read some things that they were looking at 'out sizing' the space needed to raise chickens - meaning most people would not have a big enough backyard to meeting guidelines. I can be reached at
thank you