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Weekly Eco-Tip (August 7/8, 2010)

The Upper Green Side Weekly Eco-Tip for July 31/August 1, 2010
(Available at the 92nd and 82nd St Greenmarkets, and archived online.)

Eggs-ellent News about Urban Chickens!

They say you shouldn’t count your chickens before they hatch. But bet on enjoying your own incredible, edible eggs with help from Omlet, whose new Eglu Cube makes it possible for city dwellers to own chickens.

Strange notion? Think again!

The owners of the Animal Feeds store in Morrisania in the Bronx reported that an increase in urban hen-raising has helped their sales climb 35 percent in three years.

There is even a Just Food-sponsored MeetUp group dedicated to raising chickens in New York City!

Depending on your outdoor space, you can opt for a six-foot (for six chicks) or nine-foot (for up to ten) run. You’ll need to clean the roost once a week, but it’s easy with slide-out dropping trays and plastic surfaces you can hose down.

The party fowls will be warm in winter and cool in summer thanks to twin-walled insulation. The steel weldmesh run keeps out pesky rodents, and a skirt lies on the ground to prevent foxes and other predators from digging their way in.

Three hens can lay their goods in the secluded nesting booth, and an egg port makes collecting easy. So you won’t have to scramble.


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