This group is for anyone interested in keeping chickens, rabbits, ginea pigs, quail, guinea fowl, etc in the Valley of the Sun. Come join us and share your knowledge. Urban Micro Livestock Rules!
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Local Chicken-Afflilated Stores:
Local sources of baby chicks, chicken feed, and supplies. Feed stores that are known to carry organic feed have asterisks (**), though it's always best to call and confirm beforehand:
(602) 265-4223 • 1005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85014
(602) 992-3410 • 16028 N. 32nd St (N. of Greenway), Phoenix, AZ 85032
*NEW* Western Ranchman carries AZ made Treadle Feeders for only $60!
(623) 939-3326 • 5237 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301
Aden’s Hay Oasis**
(480) 988-5015 • 18206 E. Williams Field Road, Higley, AZ
(623) 487-9277 • 6615 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306
Tempe Feed & Tack
(480) 966-3884 • 1041 W. University Dr. (W. of Mill Ave) , Tempe, AZ 85281
Gordon’s Feed & Seed
(602) 276-8894 • 600 W. Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85041
Ray’s Feed Store
(602) 243-0188 • 643 W. Baseline, Phoenix, AZ 85041
The Feed Barn** AKA The Feed Lot
(623) 582-1147 • 2428 W. Lone Cactus Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85027
Mesa Feed Barn
(480) 969-9704 • 240 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ 85210
Scottsdale Livestock Supply
(480) 998-1860 • 7501 E Redfield Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260-3403
(480) 988-2419 • 3091 East Williamsfield Road • Higley, AZ 85236
www.valleypermaculturealliance.org (you are here, join the “micro livestock” group!)
www.backyardchickens.com this is a HUGE forum—a great place to get questions answered!
www.feathersite.com (Click on ‘the poultry page’- great for images of different breeds)
Alternative Poultry Production Systems and Outdoor Access, an ATTRA publication: http://attra.cnat.org
Good Books about Chickens:
Fowl Play by Rachel Bess
The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow
Raising Poultry the Modern Way by Leonard S. Mercia
Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow
Chickens in Your Backyard by Rick and Gail Luttmann
Chicken Tractor by Andy Lee
***Plans for building a Treadle Feeder***
*New* Don't want to build your own treadle feeder? They are now available at Western Ranchman for only $60. Made in AZ by a VPA member!
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Started by Caren Malleck. Last reply by rafael evangel Feb 12.
I have a BO that hatched in march of this year and started laying in August. This is the third time she's gone broody since then!!! She lays beautiful eggs when not broody. I'm not interested in…Continue
Started by Doris Stipek. Last reply by Doris Stipek Dec 26, 2014.
I am purchasing a new property near Shea and 51st HWY.Can anyone advise on zoning and rules for keeping chicken in this are?No HOA and about 10,000SF lot.I know many of you live near the area and…Continue
Started by Andrew Song. Last reply by Kari Spencer Dec 23, 2014.
Mommy and baby goats for sale $200,00 1st set baby is 3 days old, 2nd set baby is 1 month. Also have 1 year old goats, 1 male 1 female. Can call or text lucy @ (480) 232-6471. Continue
Started by LucyAnne Pastor Dec 12, 2014.
I have had chickens for 4 years now (nope, not getting so many eggs anymore but that's the way it goes). I used to have such a lovely rose garden in the back yard and used commercial fertilizers.…Continue
Started by jeanette. Last reply by LucyAnne Pastor Dec 5, 2014.
My 3 hens are no longer laying. They have had a fine life, a nice sized coop, organic feed, plenty of pre-composted fruit & veggie bits from our gardens, yard time every day to run around,…Continue
Started by jeanette. Last reply by Doris Stipek Nov 24, 2014.
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Started by Roxanne F. Last reply by Andrew Greaves Nov 23, 2014.
Our chicks are now 7 weeks old and moved into their coop. As advised in Rachel's book, we installed a roosting bar up higher than the nesting boxes but have not seen them attempting to use it yet. …Continue
Started by Kelly Stephens. Last reply by Andrew Greaves Nov 23, 2014.
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Started by bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden. Last reply by bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden Nov 19, 2014.
I have a few too many birds at the moment (way more than expected hatched from my batch of Trader Joes eggs) and I'm looking to rehome three of them. They're white leghorns, hatched almost exactly a…Continue
Started by Michelle Luedtke. Last reply by Heather Oct 28, 2014.
I need to find a new home for three of my six hens. I have had to separate them from my others and it just isn't fair. They are awesome hens that deserve a less stress free environment. Two…Continue
Started by Lonny. Last reply by Lonny Oct 27, 2014.