Backyard Chickens in Marin = eco-friendly benefits!

Posted by Hilary Davis on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 5:26pm.

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The backyard chicken craze continues to grow in popularity throughout the Marin County suburbs. In fact, there are forums and yahoo groups that cater just to backyard chicken enthusiasts!  However, before you rush off and buy some cute baby chicks, it is best to do a little research to make sure you (the zoning of your home, plus your neighbors) and backyard chickens are a good match. My Pet Chicken Guide to Chicken Care is an excellent place to start your research.

One of my San Rafael buyer-clients has just embarked on this hobby. Fascinated by it all, I wanted to see her little fluff balls and their newly erected coop in person. So, I headed over to her house and she gave me the lowdown. Here are just a few good reasons to have backyard chickens.

  • These feathery friends have real merits that go beyond producing ordinary eggs

These eggs are super fresh, beautifully colored, highly nutritious and delivered daily! Egg colors are determined by the color of the hen's ears (who knew) and can vary widely from brownish to pink, red, orange, lavender, blue and greenish. Feed them only organic feed and keep a pesticide free yard for them, and you have nutrient rich organic eggs!

  • Move over Rover let Ms. Hen strut over

Chickens make great pets for the entire family. They provide an excellent opportunity for children to learn about pet responsibility and nurturing combined with sustainable living practices. Plus, each chicken has a unique personality which will win you over.  Please make sure your kids know how to handle them correctly so the chicks aren't stressed out.

  • Going green in the garden

No more pesticides, dumped leftovers and food scraps, or costly fertilizers.  Your backyard chickens love to range freely and eat all the nasty garden pests so you don't need to use poisonous pesticides. They also eat almost everything we do, therefore most food scraps and left overs can be fed to them.  This reduces the amount of food waste going into our landfills, which in turn has a multitude of eco-friendly benefits! Equally as important, all this eating leads to nitrogen rich compost "black gold", a fertilizer that's the envy of all your gardening friends (sharing is considered good practice).  Chickens may devourer your vegetable garden; it is important be mindful as to where you let them range.

Having backyard chickens can be fun and rewarding for the entire family.  Researching and understanding the full scope of what's involved will lead to a more enjoyable experience for all.  Chickens come in a wide variety of colors and sizes as do the hen houses they live in. Have a great time selecting what's best for your needs.   From purchasing the chicks and the coop to everything else you need, great resources are plentiful to help you every step of the way with your new hobby.

And, when you want a great resource to help you with all you Marin Real Estate needs, please give me a call.  As a lifelong Marin resident, I find true joy in helping my clients accomplish their real estate dreams.  Hilary Davis, Realtor Advisor (415) 235-3133

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7 Responses to "Backyard Chickens in Marin = eco-friendly benefits!"

Renee Adelmann wrote: Thank you so much for this interesting post! I never knew how great chickens could be as a pet. I know several clients that have them or are thinking of getting them. I lhad no idea about the color of egg/ear thing.

Posted on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 7:33pm.

Charlie Christensen wrote: Hi Hilary, Donna and I almost went shopping this weekend for our chicken supplies! Very timely... I forwarding to Donna now... thank you!

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 11:49am.

Erika Davito wrote: Very informative! I am sending this blog post to my husband and some of my friends.Thank you!

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 12:37pm.

Monica wrote: Hi Hilary,
Yes, chickens are great! My niece has some and has given me many fresh organic yummy eggs. They are a win win but do be aware of the mites and lice they can sometimes be infested with. It's always good to be informed. The best way to keep the birds from being infested is to keep there living quarters clean, clean clean.

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 1:13pm.

Christopher Coughlin wrote: Hey Hilary, Great info about the "chicken boom". It would be interesting to know how may backyard coops there are in Marin. More than any of us would guess, I wager.

Posted on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 at 8:41am.

Property dice wrote: thanks for this awesome post,the chickens also have a right live in house.

Posted on Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 5:37am.

Cay Lemon wrote: Hi Hilary, you have to love a blog that is full of interesting information rather than wordy musings. Having chickens is on our wish list!

Posted on Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 4:13pm.

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