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City Chicks!


Keeping Micro-flocks of Laying Hens as Garden Helpers, Compost Makers, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers

By Patricia Foreman
Good Earth Publications, Inc.
October 2009

Green city managers wanting to save money on solid waste management expenditures need only to encourage residents to keep laying hens. Why? Because one chicken eats about 7 pounds of food “waste” a month. A few hundred households keeping micro-flocks of laying hens can divert tons of yard and food biomass “waste” from trash collection saving municipalities thousands, even millions of tax payer dollars.

“What if a city had 2,000 households with three hens (or more) each? That could translate to 252 tons of food waste diverted from landfills each year … Add to that number the tons of yard waste (grass clippings and leaves) that can hens can help convert into compost and the amount is as enormous as the tax-savings of NOT having to handle, transport and store all that biomass (green-house- methane gas-producing) waste.” (Page 20 to 21)

But wait! There’s more. City Chicks describes in detail how chicken “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.

The local foods movement is mushrooming and chickens have become its mascot. City Chicks brings revolutionary, fresh, innovative and new information about keeping backyard flocks of urban chickens.

This 460 page book has over 100 photos, sketches, and tables bringing visual clarity and simplicity to complex concepts. Two examples are attached to this press release: Chicken Skill Sets (page 18) and, Chickens in Recycling and Food Production Systems (page 19).
City Chicks ushers in a new paradigm of how to use laying hens in a variety of roles that help decrease carbon footprints, save tax payer dollars and support local food supply production.


By Patricia Foreman, the co-author of the best selling sustainable agriculture books:

• Backyard Market Gardening: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Selling What You Grow,

• Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil and,

• Day Range Poultry: Every Chicken Owner’s Guide to Grazing Gardens and Improving Pastures.

Visit the Good Earth Publications website here.

1 comment

1 Tina { 11.23.11 at 10:56 am }

Love this book!