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LH 08: Backyard Chicken Keeping

Welcome to Episode #08 of the Living Homegrown Podcast!

Listener Tim has a question about backyard chicken keeping and keeping the neighbors happy.

In this Episode You Learn:

  • Top things to consider before getting backyard chickens
  • How to check your city ordinances
  • What to do if you wind up with a rooster
  • How to prevent your neighbors from “turning you in” to animal control
  • How many eggs you can expect from your chickens
  • Why you should not have just one chicken
  • Why you should share eggs with your neighbors

For Further Reading:

Common Concerns About Raising Backyard Chickens

8 Surprising Lessons From Backyard Chickens

My PBS Episode on Backyard Chicken Keeping ( full episode)

Behind-the-Scenes of filming Chicken Keeping for PBS

Rooster Plans – When Your Hen is a ‘He’

DIY Sprouting Jar for Chicken Snacks


Some Book Recommendations:

Free-Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom*

Keeping Chickens by Ashley English*

Chick Days – Beginners Guide by  Jenna Woginrich*

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Click here for the full transcript for Episode #08

(Listen closely to the very end…You might just hear a blooper)


For More About This Podcast Series:

Check out podcast Episode 00 to get:

  • The whole scoop on what this podcast series is all about
  • My background, experience & training
  • What to expect going forward

It’s like an audio “about” page for the podcast.


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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.