Pros and Cons of Garden Chickens Chico CA

The theory behind keeping free-range poultry—chickens that are allowed to roam the garden at their will—is wonderful, but the practice is not always quite so simple. While many people’s ideal is to have chickens scratching at the back door, picking at scraps and living a contented life, in reality things can be very different.

Safeway
(530) 899-2320
1366 E. Ave
Chico, CA
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,pharmacy,produce,seafood,starbucks, DVDPlay Kiosk,Coinmaster,Wells Fargo Bank
Store Hours
24 Hour
Pharmacy #
530-899-2325
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-8:00PM;Sat-Sun 9:00AM-5:00PM

Raley'S
(530) 899-3300
211 West East Ave
Chico, CA
Store Hours
6 am - 11 pm
Pharmacy #
530-899-3790
Pharmacy Hours
9 - 8 M-F / 9-5 Sat & Sun

Trader Joe'S
(530) 343-9920
801 East Ave., Suite #110
Chico, CA
Store Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Safeway
(530) 895-6300
720 Mangrove Way
Chico, CA
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,produce,seafood,starbucks,Sushi bar, DVDPlay Kiosk,Coinmaster,wi-fi
Store Hours
24 Hour

Costco
(530) 332-1740
2100 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Way
Chico, CA
 
Winco Foods
(530) 345-7899
2060 E. 20Th St.
Chico, CA
 
Raley'S
(530) 895-0933
2485 Notre Dame Blvd.
Chico, CA
Store Hours
6 am - 11 pm
Pharmacy #
530-895-0895
Pharmacy Hours
8-8 Mon-Fri / 9-5 Sat&Sun

Walmart
(530) 899-8760
2044 Forest Avenue
Chico, CA
Store Hours
Mon-Fri:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Pharmacy #
(530) 899-8650
Pharmacy Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Target
(530) 343-3770
1951 E 20Th St
Chico, CA
Store Hours
M-Fr: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.Sa: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.Su: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Save Mart Supermarket
(530) 343-3434
146 West East Avenue
Chico, CA
Store Hours
Sun 6:00 AM - Midnight
Mon 6:00 AM - Midnight
Tues 6:00 AM - Midnight
Wed 6:00 AM - Midnight
Thurs 6:00 AM - Midnight
Fri 6:00 AM - Midnight
Sat 6:00 AM - Midnight
Pharmacy #
(530) 343-3399
Pharmacy Hours
M-F 9 AM - 7 PM, Sat 9 AM - 5 PM, Sun Closed

Pros and Cons of Garden Chickens

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The theory behind keeping free-range poultry—chickens that are allowed to roam the garden at their will—is wonderful, but the practice is not always quite so simple. While many people’s ideal is to have chickens scratching at the back door, picking at scraps and living a contented life, in reality things can be very different.

Although free-ranging poultry will eradicate insect pests and slugs in the garden, some of their habits are less welcome. Chickens and bantams love nothing more than a good dust bath to help rid themselves of parasites. They consider a well-prepared seed bed ideal for the purpose. To their minds, bark mulch that has been carefully placed around plants is scratching heaven. For these reasons alone, you may prefer to keep your chickens confined to a run. A run will also prevent your hens from laying their eggs in the shrubbery where you can’t find them. If well constructed, the run will protect them from neighborhood dogs and wild predators.

The amount of space needed in the run depends on whether your chickens can be given some free range. Generally it should be as big as is practical.

Read tips for keeping free-range chickens and a tidy garden

Note: This text is excerpted from Keeping Chickens by Jeremy Hobson & Celia Lewis (David & Charles, 2007; 159 pages; $19.99) Click here for more info or to purchase.

From Horticulture Magazine