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Raising backyard chickens has become very popular in Marin County in the past few years.  Not only do chickens provide fresh eggs, they also help keep gardens free of insects and other pests.  Furthermore, these birds are full of personality and make great pets. 

Before you decide to set up a backyard flock, check whether or not your neighborhood has the appropriate zoning.  The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a great web page on Backyard Chicken Resources, with phone numbers to call for information on local ordinances.  Two other good websites with information on keeping backyard chickens are Sunset Magazine’s How to Raise Chickens, and The City Chicken.  To read about one person’s experience raising chickens (and other farm animals) check out this year’s One Book One Marin selection: Farm City.

To find books in the library on raising chickens, look in the classic catalog under the subject heading Chickens.

 the essential guide to choosing and keeping happy, healthy hens      life with my soulful chickens      how to create a beautiful, chicken-friendly yard

 a directory of poultry breeds and how to keep them      the Urban Farm Store's guide to chicken keeping       everything you need to know-- and didn't know you needed to know about backyard and urban chickens

 an absolute beginner's guide to raising chickens from hatchlings to laying hens       the ultimate guide to raising poultry for fun or profit      keeping micro-flocks of laying hens as garden helpers, compost creators, bio-recyclers and local food suppliers

 all you need to know to care for a happy, healthy flock       care, feeding, facilities      getting the best from your chickens


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Posted by: Tami

Tami is a librarian at the Corte Madera Library.

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