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Day 16 – Online Chicken Keeping Supplies

If you are a city homesteader like me, you don’t have access to a big farm supply store to get equipment for your chickens. Some of my friends who to live in a places like Portland and Seattle can just go to their local independent nurseries to find chicken keeping and homesteading supplies! But here in Los Angeles? Not so much.

The best feed store near me is a 40 minute trip (one way). So, I sometimes order online. 

Where to Order the Best Chicken Keeping Supplies

I really like MyPetChicken and McMurray Hatchery for good ‘ol feeders, waterers and general equipment.

But if you want one of those newfangled waterers, like the nifty Brite Tap and tank combo…

You need to visit I bought one just before the holidays and love it!  The lid keeps the water clean and it is easy to refill and hang inside the chicken run area.

Update: The good folks at saw this write up and are offering any Living Homegrown reader a 15% discount on their entire order through 2/17/13! This is for all products, no limit on order size. Just use the coupon code “LivingHomegrown” when checking out to receive the discount. Yeah!

Another waterer getting a lot of attention is the Chicken Fountain.

Of course, you can make your own waterer and there are many sites with DIY instructions. And if you want to make a cool feeder from PVC, you can find detailed instructions HERE.

And then there are the egg cartons!

Yes, you can ask friends to give you their old cartons (and I do). But I also like to give eggs as gifts and a blank carton with my handwritten words on the top is a nice touch.

I really like the square-style carton  from MyPetChicken because I can place a sticker on top if I want to. They are recycled and a decent price ($0.30 ea) Also, you can order just a few at a time. There is no minimum order.

What about you?  Do you know of any good online sources you’d like to share?


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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.