Pros and Cons of Garden Chickens Redding 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) 247-3030
2275 Pine Street
Redding, CA
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,pharmacy,produce,starbucks,Coinmaster,wi-fi,US Bank
Store Hours
24 Hour
Pharmacy #
530-247-3044
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-8:00PM;Sat-Sun 9:00AM-5:30PM

Walmart
(530) 221-2800
1515 Dana Dr
Redding, 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) 221-3166
Pharmacy Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Safeway
(530) 226-5871
1070 E. Cypress Ave
Redding, CA
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,pharmacy,produce,starbucks, DVDPlay Kiosk,Coinmaster,wi-fi
Store Hours
24 Hour
Pharmacy #
530-222-6384
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-8:00PM;Sat-Sun 9:00AM-5:30PM

Trader Joe'S
(530) 223-4875
845 Browning St
Redding, CA
Store Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Safeway
(530) 365-6401
2601 Balls Ferry Rd
Anderson, CA
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Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,pharmacy,produce,seafood,starbucks,Sushi bar,Olive bar, DVDPlay Kiosk,Coinmaster,wi-fi
Store Hours
6 AM - Midnight
Pharmacy #
530-365-2937
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00AM-8:00PM;Sat-Sun 9:00AM-5:30PM

Raley'S
(530) 246-3508
201 Lake Blvd.
Redding, CA
Store Hours
6 am - 11 pm
Pharmacy #
530-246-3511
Pharmacy Hours
8-8 M-F/9-6 Sat/9-5 Sun

Costco
(530) 222-0199
1300 Dana Drive
Redding, CA
 
Raley'S
(530) 221-1061
110 Hartnell Ave.
Redding, CA
Store Hours
6 am - 11 pm
Pharmacy #
530-223-3115
Pharmacy Hours
8-8 M-F/9-5 Sat

Walmart Supercenter
(530) 378-0244
5000 Rhonda Road
Anderson, 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) 378-1680
Pharmacy Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Holiday Quality Foods
(530) 242-0477
3315 Placer St
Redding, CA

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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