East Bay homeowners now becoming...chicken owners.
Scrambled, poached, or sunny-side up, eggs are one of nature’s best inventions. To have a steady supply of these individually wrapped protein packets, neophyte farmers all over the East Bay are raising their own backyard chickens. Alamo Hay and Grain reports selling as many as 300 chicks a week, up from 25 a week before the trend took off a few months ago. Bawk!
Just get a few female chicks—roosters are noisy, not to mention illegal in most neighborhoods. Three or four girls will generally provide an egg apiece each day. You’ll need a coop and a small fenced-in area for them to wander. If you’re a gardener, remember that chickens will eat grubs and slugs, and help with your composting.
Talk about eating local. With a flourishing vegetable garden and a few chickens, you won’t even have to go to the store to make an omelet.To purchase chicks year-round, go to Alamo Hay and Grain, 3196 Danville Blvd., Alamo, (925) 837-4994; or go March through May to Concord Feed, 228 Hookston Rd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 940-1200, or 5288 Clayton Rd., Concord, (925) 887-9200; concordfeed.com.