The Tangled Nest Urban Chicken Roundup

It’s urban chick season once again, and past Tangled Nest posts on chickens, coops, and chick-rearing are getting a lot of readers.  We thought we’d make things convenient by gathering our most salient “chicken wisdom” in one place. Here is advice gleaned from our twelve years of backyard chicken-keeping, taking you from fluffy chick, to sweet retired hen.

Here is a link to all of the Tangled Nest chicken posts ever (22 and counting). You can also access this list by clicking the “chickens” link in the categories on the sidebar of The Tangled Nest home page.)

We encourage thoughtfully deliberated chicken-keeping.  I truly believe that chickens are easier to keep than most people think.  They are also a long-term commitment, and it is worth thinking through the daily, yearly, and long-term dimensions of getting chickens for you, your neighbors, and the well-being of your hens.  If you’ve done that, and you’re ready, then you are in for a treat.  Chickens will be a beautiful addition to your household round.  Have fun, and we would love to hear about your experiences!

PS: Bonus link from Tom who still loves this story of a beautiful Ethiopian chicken-keeper he met in his travels.






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  2. Ellen

    Hi Lyanda,

    My husband and I were planning on building a chicken coop similar to yours and wanted to see your husband’s detailed pics on his Flicker account, but it states that I don’t have permission. Any chance to get an invitation?
    Many thanks!

  3. David Domanski


    Thank you for sharing your coop plans. I recently finished building my first coop based on your design. Our hens seem content and the coop is easy to manage. I’d be glad to send you some pictures if you’re interested.

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