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I Want Chickens for my Garden!

For years, I have wanted chickens for my urban garden. I want them for several reasons: They will eat my snails, they will be nice companions for me while I tend the garden, their poop can be added to my compost bin and it would be good for the kids to help care for them. But mostly…I WANT THE EGGS!  I used to buy fresh eggs from a local farmer’s market and they were wonderful. But that farmer is no longer at the market and I have no other convenient source of fresh eggs.

So…I started pining for chickens.

I have read about 5 books on raising chickens and I have even started to design the coop I am going to build. It will be cute…that is all I am saying right now. BUT…I realize that it may be another year before I get the coop built. I don’t want to wait that long for my chickens!

A few days ago, I learned that Robin at the Bumblebee Blog had an unexpected delivery of chickens this week. (BTW, she has a great garden blog! You should check it out.) She used the coolest portable chicken coop to store the chickens until she has time to build her own cute-as-pie chicken coop. She said the coop is called an EGLU. I had never seen one before so I checked it out.

Here is the website for the EGLU company. I WANT ONE! It would give me a way to have chickens now while I plan their new home.

And here is a YouTube video by a darling little British girl showing how the Eglu works. I just love the way she says that you just need to "twizzle it" to open the door!  Check it out!

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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.