How can I raise chickens in my backyard?

by Michelle Lasley

Michelle Lasley is a mother, wife in Pacific Northwest learning to balance green dreams with budget realities.

July 9, 2008

Recently, my neighbor asked me if we would like to work with him and his wife on raising chickens in our backyard. While they are on vacation, I am doing a little research. The Tolman Guide to Green Living in Portland offers a link to The Chicken Coops of Portland, which ultimately leads you to this source put out by Growing Gardens, resources on keeping chickens in Portland.

The site has links and tips on some of the better ways to keep your urban chicken happy, including a link to the City of Portland’s regulations. The tips include a short supplier list of chicken supplies, including the address to the ReBuilding Center where you can often find good ‘salvaged’ lumber perfect for building a chicken coop. Also included are suggestions on what to consider, like space, lighting, and mulch, for your urban chicken coop. Portland Ground offers several pictures of chicken coops throughout Portland.

And, if that’s not enough, there is a Tour coming up! On July 26, from 11am-3pm, join others in a Tour de Coop of Portland’s Chicken Coops. Tickets are $5/person or $3/bike. Tickets are on sale at People’s Food Co-op or Garden Fever beginning July 18th. For more information, visit Growing Gardens.

1 Comment

  1. Libby

    Hi Michelle – Thanks for directing chicken lovers to our web site. Growing Gardens also offer workshops on chicken keeping. This Saturday, registration is still open for a more advanced workshop directed at those already keeping birds. It’s from 2 to 4pm. Call our office to sign up and we’ll give you the location (503.284.8420). A donation is requested. And the Tour de Coops tour booklets will be on sale at Garden Fever! Nursery in NE, People’s and Pistil’s Nursery the week of July 21, in advance of the self-guided tour on the 26th.

    Libby Upham


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