Keeping Chickens – 3 Things to Consider

Wonder how to take care of chickens? The trend of raising urban chickens is surely on the rise. But consider this before keeping BackyardChickens:

  1. Have a plan now for what you’ll do with your chickens when they stop laying eggs
  2. Oversize your coop and chicken run, chances are your flock will expand once you get your feet wet
  3. Be open-minded. There are many uses for chickens: Not just eggs. Let them roam in your yard to take over some of your gardening

The California’s Chicken-Cage Size Law

Another mild winter day in our California backyard. A tour of our rabbity and chicken run and a take on the new California’s chicken-cage size law that came into effect Jan. 1, 2015 and how the general prize increase helps make our backyard chicken eggs more competitive.

Broody Hen Abandons Her Eggs – What now?

Our broody Hen has been sitting on seven eggs. She was broody (hormonally “eager” to hatch) even before we gave her some fertile eggs, probably for at least 2 weeks. So towards the end of the hatching process something changed and she snapped out of it. Now her eggs have a bunch of embryos that are so close to hatching… Find out what happens next.

Why rabbit is the most sustainable meat for the city farmer.*

By now we all know that eating a lot of meat – especially factory-farmed meat – isn’t very good for the planet. Fortunately for meat eaters, some meats are more sustainable than others. And as it turns out, rabbit is one of the healthiest, leanest, and most environmentally friendly meats you can eat.

According to Slow Food USA, “Rabbit can produce six pounds of meat on the same amount of feed and water it takes a cow to produce just one pound.

  • It is one of the best white meats available today. * USDA
  • It is high in easily digestible protein (28g per 3oz. serving).
  • It contains the least amount of fat among all the available meats.
  • The calories in rabbit meat is lower (147calories per serving) than other meats.
  • The meat is white and tender, with a mild flavor. It is comparable to chicken but not identical.
  • Rabbit meat is low in sodium, high in calcium and phosphorus.

Mark Pasternak of the famed Devil’s Gulch Ranch explains, ‘If you are already raising chickens-raising rabbits on a small-scale would be really easy.” He suggests that the average DIY farmer should start out with one male (buck) and three does (female). With three does, Pasternak reckons you could supply yourself with a substantial supply of meat over a year.

The youtube clip gives you a tour of my small backyard rabbitry. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share them with me here.

* excerpt from a recent articlie posted on

Rabbit Birth

6 Cute Bunny Babies are about to arrive. After 31 days the doe builds a nest in which to give birth. She will line the nest with her fur. The newborns are blind until the eyes open at 10 days of age. Kits should stay with their mother for at least 5-6 weeks.