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Raising Chickens in Your Backyard

I have been a gardener and Chicken lover for over 30 years. But when I moved back to Las Vegas over 5 years ago, I thought that dream was dead and over, until I saw a neighbor had put a chicken coop on the curb. My heart started pounding and I instantly found out if I could raise chickens in my new neighborhood. Chickens are considered pets here, but as long as they are outside and you don't have roosters, no-one has an issue with it. So off to the store I went!

I grabbed my neighbors chicken coop to start, since it was free. It was broken at the bottom, but we made it work until I figured out what my new chickens would need. We went to the local feed store, where they had a ton of white game chickens and very colorful roosters. But since the roosters are noisy, beautiful but noisy I had to pass on those and go for the white ones to start. I grabbed four chickens, a heater, some bedding and feed. I quickly realized how cramped they were in the coop, so jumped on Amazon to see what I could find to upgrade them to be more comfortable.

Since I was on a budget, I couldn't find anything super nice as most of them range between $500 and $1,000 dollar, but I soon found this one and knew this small chicken coop it would be a perfect fit for four chickens. Within a week of moving them, one of my chickens died, which was very sad for me. I think all the stress made her ill and she passed during the night. That got me to realize they needed more room to roam. Soon there after the price of eggs doubled and the new era of egg extortion was born. I knew with all my baking and cooking videos I do, that I would need to invest in a lot more chickens and a lot more room for them to nest and play.

I measured the space in my back yard, then found a large gated walk in chicken coop that would fit the smaller coop right inside of it.

Next I wanted to find baby chickens that would lay tons of eggs, but that was a huge challenge in Nevada, since all the feed stores here only carry the common white chickens. Which are super aggressive and don't lay a ton of eggs. My goal was to find baby chickens that were colorful, yet huge egg producers.