Backyard chickens are becoming more popular. The information is growing. I thought it would be helpful to have a thread to collect reference sites for those who are curious or just need advice.
Hens have been a central part of our small suburban garden for 5 years. Even though chickens are animals, not plants, raising them is still a feature of gardening. We look at the eggs as a "fruit" that can be harvested year-round. The chicken poop makes for the best compost for the garden. In addition to their regular feed, we feed the chickens lots of weeds, meaning that weeds become a crop instead of a nuisance. They love dandelions - I now have a dandelion puller - and crabgrass, and clover, and oxalis. They also love trimmings from grape vines.
Here are a few sites:
The poultry site.com
Chucks and Chooks.
The Backyard Chicken