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In terms of usefulness for compost, what are good alternatives to keeping chickens?

My city's policies on keeping chickens makes it difficult to use them for their composting abilities. I'm looking for alternatives. By my understanding, chickens can take insects and weeds (two major ...
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What type of cover crop survives mobs of chickens in zone 4a?

I've heard that chickens will take away all of the cover crops, and was wondering if there's any type of cover that will survive chickens.
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What do I need to do to have chickens survive winters in a free range method?

I live in USDA zone 4, and was wondering how I can minimally keep my chickens alive through the long cold winters, when just picking eggs all over the 100 acre farm at their coops.
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Will chickens eat quince? [closed]

I've read that a quince is a very hard fruit, and was wondering if chickens like them enough for one of their forage foods.
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What breed of chickens would make the best lawn mowers for a food forest preperation?

I'm looking for a type of chicken that I can use in a chicken yard to keep my grass mowed, will grow quickly, stay in their yard to clean all of the grass out. What breeds would you recommend that I ...
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True cost of raising chicken for meat

Assuming that the original investment of housing is paid for (or free ranged). What is the average cost of raising chicken per LB? Things to consider: Original cost of chicks Feed Assume you ...
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Stressing chickens out when it's time to lay

I have 13 chickens. They have a chicken coop with a large run attached by wire mesh on all sides. I have 2 terriers that would just as soon eat them, so I can't let them out of the run to roam around ...
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Is it legal to have chickens in NYC?

I have a small backyard and live in a densely populated part of Brooklyn. I'm interested in exploring the possibility of getting two chickens for eggs. I was wondering if anyone has any advice for ...
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Are broiler chickens raised in “chicken tractors” less likely to get hock burn?

There is a discussion on the James Oliver site asking if a free-range bird can have hock burns. There are statements that a free-range chicken could develop hock burn due to exposure to mud. A ...
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What can I grow for chicken food?

I live in the northeast US, with relatively cold winters (USDA zone 5, about -15°F ) and a short growing season (about 90 days frost-free; snow possible October through April). I have a small flock (...