Pros and Cons of Garden Chickens Stockton 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
(209) 461-5555
2808 Country Club
Stockton, CA
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,pharmacy,produce,starbucks, DVDPlay Kiosk,Coinmaster
Store Hours
5 AM - Midnight
Pharmacy #
209-461-5566
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-8:00PM;Sat-Sun 9:00AM-5:30PM

Safeway
(209) 472-8600
6445 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA
Services / Departments
Bakery,Deli,floral,meat,pharmacy,produce,seafood,starbucks,Sushi bar,Olive bar, DVDPlay Kiosk,Coinmaster,wi-fi
Store Hours
5 AM - 1 AM
Pharmacy #
209-472-8609
Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00AM-9:00PM;Sat-Sun 9:00AM-7:00PM

Save Mart Supermarket
(209) 952-0525
4725 Quail Lakes Dr.
Stockton, 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 #
(209) 952-3599
Pharmacy Hours
M-F 9 AM - 9 PM, Sat 9 AM - 5 PM, Sun 10 AM - 5 PM

Raley'S
(209) 955-1475
2323 West Hammer Lane
Stockton, CA
Store Hours
6 am - 11 pm
Pharmacy #
209-955-1510
Pharmacy Hours
9-9 Mon-Fri 9-5 Sat

Save Mart Supermarket
(
3233 W Hammer Lane
Stockton, 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 #
(209) 952-1212
Pharmacy Hours
M-F 9 AM - 9 PM, Sat 9 AM - 5 PM, Sun Closed

Save Mart Supermarket
(209) 464-9431
3215 Pacific Ave
Stockton, 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

Trader Joe'S
(209) 951-7597
6535 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA
Store Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Target
(209) 476-8081
4707 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA
Store Hours
M-Fr: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.Sa: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.Su: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Target
(209) 235-0251
10424 Trinity Parkway
Stockton, CA
Store Hours
M-Fr: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.Sa: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.Su: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Winco Foods
(209) 954-1360
5110 Montauban Ave.
Stockton, CA
 

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