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Chicken DIY: 20 Fun-to-Make Projects for Happy and Healthy Chickens

Forthcoming January 16, 2018

By Samantha Johnson (Author)
Daniel Johnson (Photographer)
Lumina Media – CompanionHouse Books

Farmer and author Samantha Johnson takes a practical approach when it comes to building environments for her chickens. “Chickens are generally easy to care for and inexpensive to keep,” she says. “The required infrastructure for a flock of chickens—housing, fencing, and feeding/watering equipment—is minimal and well within the reach of a DIYer who would like the satisfaction of building these items for him- or herself.”

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November 19, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Forget backyard chickens, council shifts focus to food security in London, Ontario

“A small victory for chickens” says animal welfare group after council rejects proposal to allow backyard laying hens #ldnont

About a dozen animal welfare supporters poured into the city’s gallery to voice their disapproval

CBC News
Nov 15, 2017

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Londoners will have to hold off on raising backyard laying hens – and current coop owners will have to continue flying under the radar.

Animal Liberation Alliance London, From Their Facebook page:
“Small victory for chickens tonight as city council voted to remove back yard chickens from the cities agricultural plan. Small victory because they did it for all the wrong reasons. We are still not recognizing chickens as having a right to not be exploited by humans. Most of the councillors voted against it because they saw chickens in the city as an unnecessary burden or a nuisance.

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November 16, 2017   No Comments

Those backyard chickens could give you salmonella, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says

Tanya Keith, of Des Moines, Iowa, and her daughter Iolana feed their chickens in the backyard of their home, in Des Moines. Charlie Neibergall AP file.

The CDC traced 10 outbreaks back to backyard poultry over the last year, the most ever recorded by the CDC. Seventy percent of those who fell ill reported contact with live poultry in the week before illness

By Joshua Tehee
Kansas City Star
October 20, 2017

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While backyard chicken coops have become popular in recent years, they aren’t always legal and there is an underground “urban chicken” movement in many major cities, according to World Watch Institute. Grassroots efforts in other cities have led to ordinances that allow for limited numbers of hens within city limits, according to the site.

Partly, the trend is an extension of the larger urban farming movement, Carol-Ann Sayle told World Watch Institute. She co-owns a five-acre farm in Austin, Texas that is walking distance from the state capitol, according to the website.

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October 26, 2017   Comments Off on Those backyard chickens could give you salmonella, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says

Canada: Saskatchewan family forced to sell goats after losing court case to town

The goats supply three litres of milk, per day, to the family. (Submitted by Miranda Friske. )

Arborfield, Saskatchewan, creates bylaw prohibiting owning livestock

By Samanda Brace
CBC News
Oct 16, 2017

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The family was recently told to get rid of the goats that have been living in their backyard after town council approved a new livestock bylaw, and a judge ruled against their goats being allowed to stay.

“They were worried the goats were going to cause problems, but they didn’t cause any problems and they still went ahead,” Friske said.

Friske and her husband purchased their goats, Abby and Azur, in October 2015 after they realized they were both intolerant to cow’s milk.

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October 26, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Saskatchewan family forced to sell goats after losing court case to town

Interview with Sundari Kraft: “People eat more veggies when they take part in gardening”

Kraft is the founder of Sustainable Food Denver, founding co-chair of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, and founder of one of Denver’s first multi-plot urban farms.

By Brian Frederick
Food Tank
Oct. 2017

Excerpt:

FT: One of your legislative successes is a policy to allow Denver residents to raise chickens, ducks, and dwarf goats within the city limits. How practical is this in an urban setting and how do you hope this will benefit individual health?

SK: Anytime someone is considering raising an animal—whether it’s a chicken or a dog—they need to make sure that they have the appropriate space, tools, and time to adequately care for that animal. That being said, city-appropriate food-producing animals can absolutely be raised successfully in an urban backyard. These animals are no more difficult to care for than the pets that we’re used to seeing in cities (like dogs and cats)—it’s just that most of us haven’t grown up with them and we’ve lost the knowledge of how to care for them. Luckily, there are a number of books focused on urban homesteading, as well as classes in some cities focused on backyard chickens or goats.

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October 19, 2017   Comments Off on Interview with Sundari Kraft: “People eat more veggies when they take part in gardening”

Farmers sign up to run world’s first floating farm in Rotterdam

Andrew Cobner, junior vice president of the British Cattle Veterinary Association, told DutchNews.nl that cows might feel the effects of a sea voyage, according to a 2015 article on vehicle motion and animal welfare.

By Sean Boztas
Dutch News
Oct 5, 2017

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The world’s first floating farm, to be built in Rotterdam, has recruited two dairy farmers and a herd. Albert Boersen and Myrthe Brabander will be the faces of an experimental Floating Farm and their Montbéliarde cows its moos.

The AD reports on Thursday that the grass is already growing for Dutch floating projects developer Beladon, which plans to build a 1,000 square meter floating platform on the harbour. The aim is to produce 800 litres of milk a day and, potentially, yogurt or Comté-style cheese.

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October 12, 2017   Comments Off on Farmers sign up to run world’s first floating farm in Rotterdam

Venezuela’s government tries to sell its hungry citizens on the nutritional benefits of rabbit

Lapping up lapin – Venezuela’s war on cuteness

The Economist
Sept 21, 2017

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But the hutch-based solution that Mr Maduro has hatched has run into a hitch, as Mr Bernal discovered when he visited the beneficiaries. “People were naming the rabbits and taking them to bed,” he told Mr Maduro in a cabinet meeting broadcast on state television. Some had put bows on them, Mr Bernal complained. “People must understand that a rabbit is not a pet, but two-and-a-half kilos of meat with high protein and low cholesterol.” Re-educating them is not easy. “We’ve been taught that rabbits are cute,” Mr Bernal lamented.

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September 27, 2017   Comments Off on Venezuela’s government tries to sell its hungry citizens on the nutritional benefits of rabbit

South Africa: Urban pig co-operative needs land to stay in business in Port Elizabeth

About 15 Motherwell residents have formed a co-operative to farm pigs. (Photo: Joseph Chirume, GroundUp)

“We formed this cooperative in 2016 after discovering that urban residents, especially those living in townships, were struggling to get pork.

By Joseph Chirume
News 24
Sept 13, 2017

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Mzimkhulu Ngece, 51, reiterates Nolutshungu’s point: “We need a better place to secure our pigs and equipment. We have many piglets that do not have a safe place to stay. They end up roaming the streets. Some are knocked down by cars. We also want to secure the structures to protect them from criminals. This would help us live peacefully with some residents who don’t want pigs near their houses.”

He says they are fortunate to have a communal water tap close to their pig shelters. “We use containers to fetch water and supply the pigs. However, the metro is experiencing a dry period with little water left in our dams. We would prefer to have a huge water tank to harness rain water as a way of saving municipal water.”

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September 22, 2017   Comments Off on South Africa: Urban pig co-operative needs land to stay in business in Port Elizabeth

Venezuela’s ‘Plan Rabbit’ encounters ‘cultural problem’

President Maduro said Plan Rabbit had encountered early setbacks.

The leader did say that the “rabbit plan” had not got off to a good start and the minister of urban agriculture, Freddy Bernal, said there had been a “cultural problem”.

BBC
Spet 14, 2017

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“When he came back, to his surprise he found people had put little bows on their rabbits and were keeping them as pets, it was an early setback to Plan Rabbit.”

“A lot of people gave names to the rabbits, they took them to bed,” Mr Bernal said.

The minister urged Venezuelans to start seeing rabbits “from the point of view of the economic war”.

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September 14, 2017   Comments Off on Venezuela’s ‘Plan Rabbit’ encounters ‘cultural problem’

Toledo, Ohio: Glass City Goat Gals show how to pave the way for urban farming

Rudi Petruziello, 6, of Columbus, feeds a few of the goats Saturday during a tour of Glass City Goat Gals, which is part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

Ms. Harris has nine goats on the land, and rents them out for grazing

By Jay Skebba
The Blade
Sept. 2, 2017

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Ms. Harris has spent seven years transforming an area that once consisted of 15 abandoned homes — before the Lucas County Land Bank tore them down — into an urban farm on Mentor Drive promoting wellness, healthy eating, and environmental sustainability.

Ms. Harris bought several plots of land for $100 each.

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September 9, 2017   Comments Off on Toledo, Ohio: Glass City Goat Gals show how to pave the way for urban farming

Holistic Goat Care

A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Healthy Animals, Preventing Common Ailments, and Troubleshooting Problems

By Gianaclis Caldwell
Chelsea Green Publishing
June 07, 2017

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Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter to carrying packs and clearing brush, there isn’t much that goats cannot do. Managing goats successfully requires an understanding of how nature designed them to thrive, including nutritional and psychological needs, as well as how to identify a problem and intercede before it’s too late.

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August 29, 2017   Comments Off on Holistic Goat Care

UK: Flock brought in to graze across from Buckingham Palace

Six rare breed sheep have been chauffeured in for a daily shift of munching.

Woolly visitors part of a conservation effort aimed at increasing biodiversity in London’s Green Park

By Margaret Evans
CBC News
Aug 25, 2017

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There’ve been some unusual visitors to the royal postal code in London over the past week — a crack team of modern choppers brought in to help trim some troublesome patches of meadow in Green Park, just opposite Buckingham Palace.

“These are London sheep, these are,” Davis says. “Born and bred in the East End.” Davis said he’s proud to be re-introducing agriculture to the city.

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August 25, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Flock brought in to graze across from Buckingham Palace

Cows and goats take residence in Tokyo high-rise to promote dairy jobs

A goat, a cow and a pig walk into a Tokyo high-rise.

The Japan Times
Aug 10, 2017

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A goat, a cow and a pig walk into a Tokyo high-rise.

It may sound like the start of a joke, but about 60 such animals have found a new home on the 13th floor of a building near Tokyo Station in the Otemachi district.

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August 12, 2017   Comments Off on Cows and goats take residence in Tokyo high-rise to promote dairy jobs

Urban Livestock: A homesteading guide for Chicago parents

There is NO LIMIT to the number or kind of livestock you can keep. You are welcome to bring goats, chickens, pigs, bees, alpacas, turkeys, tribbles and more, right to your balcony or tiny parcel of lawn.

By Matt Boresi
Chicago Parent
Aug 1, 2017

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Urban Livestock can be raised to yield dairy products, including eggs, which I swear were in the dairy group when we were kids but I’m pretty sure are more like meat. You’ll need to ask a hippie. Fresh eggs and milk are more delicious than the kind you buy at the store, which is irradiated and contains tasting notes of existential dread owing to the terroir of commercial farms.

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August 8, 2017   Comments Off on Urban Livestock: A homesteading guide for Chicago parents

Caring for urban farm animals in extreme heat in Portland, Oregon

Chicken pecking at watermelon.

She feeds her chickens frozen watermelon

Keely Chalmers, KGW
Aug 1, 2017

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Backyard chickens, for example, are very sensitive to the heat. Veterinarians say chickens should be checked-on often. In addition to shade and water, give them cool juicy fruit like watermelon to stay hydrated.

Mist them with cool water, but don’t submerge them in water. And last but not least, recognize the signs of heat stress.

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August 7, 2017   Comments Off on Caring for urban farm animals in extreme heat in Portland, Oregon