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Urban Chickens Come to Springfield

Why did the chicken cross the road? Probably because it heard about Springfield's approval of an urban chicken ordinance [pdf], which allows chickens to be raised within the city limits.  

 Below are a few of the policies listed in a press release from the city:

You can also read the City of Springfield's full listing of rules related to raising urban chickens.

The big question still remains: why raise chickens? An article on talks about how chickens are not only a source of eggs, but they also aerate soil and control bug populations. Chicken manure is also a great source of fertilizer for gardens and flower beds. is another site that offers tips on raising chickens, egg recipes, chicken first aid along with links to other chicken-raising resources like what to feed chickens and different types of coops and shelters.

The University of Missouri Extension has several online resources for managing a small flock, including information on housing, feeding, disease control and prevention, and egg handling.

Need more information? The Library has an assortment of books available for checkout.

  Raise Happy Chickens and Other Poultry
  by Victoria Roberts



  Keeping Chickens: Self-sufficiency
  by Mike Hatcher



The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit

by Jennifer Megyesi


Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens with Ashley English

by Ashley English

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