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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 ChickenWaterer.com. 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 ChickenWaterer.com 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® and is 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 teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

5 Comments:

  • Laura Bell says:

    Ah! If only I could keep chickens in my backyard. The city regs say no, as do the neighbors. *sigh*

  • Mary Alongi says:

    Dear Theresa,
    I love your website and I am so happy I discovered it today. I am a general contractor who has worked primarily on interiors for the past 12 years. I am transitioning my business to backyards and am thinking about focusing on urban farm installations. I have a lot to learn and your website is very helpful!
    Thank you and keep up the great work!

  • Clint LeValley says:

    http://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Chicken-Feeder/
    this is a good idea for LESS wasted feed!

  • Julia says:

    Where did you get your coop? Is it homemade? I’m looking for an attractive coop for my smallish backyard. I live in a city and don’t want to uglify the place. Kept chickens when I was a kid and want to do it again.

    • theresa says:

      Hi Julia-

      I got my coop from Green Chicken Coops many, many years ago. They have a much bigger product line now and are a bit more expensive. Maybe you could get ideas from their product line and find someone to build you one. Here is their link: http://www.greenchickencoop.com/

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