With urban chicken owners popping up all over the place, it's getting easier to find someone in your neighborhood who's got chickens in their backyard:
- Search Yahoo! groups or Google Groups (each of these links drops you on the results for "chicken") to see who's already talking about chickens near you. Join the group and have the discussions emailed to you in a daily digest so you can scan the topics to see what interests you. Listen first, then jump in and ask or offer advice once you're comfortable.
- Join a Meetup of fellow chicken enthusiasts. There are at least 835 urban chicken meetups happening across the country each month! The best thing about meetups: you get to mingle with fellow chicken owners face-to-face and swap tips and tales in real time. If there's no meetup already existing around you, you can sign up to be notified when one does get started (or start one yourself!)
- Find the 4-H nearest you and ask about their poultry program. Do a google search on 4-H and your town name to get the contact coordinates for the local program. Unfortunately the National 4-H program is a complete mess when it comes to helping you find a local poultry program, so you're best off just using google to find what you need.
- Silicon Valley Chickens on Yahoo
- San Mateo Chickens on Yahoo
- Santa Cruz County Chickens on Yahoo
- Alameda Backyard Chickens on Yahoo
- East Bay Backyard Chickens on Google
- Fairfax Chickens on Google
- SF Pet Chicken Meetup
- Santa Cruz Pet Chicken, Duck, Poultry Meetup
Got a list of local resources of your own? Please share it in the comments below!
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