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by sitecore\kmcgrigg on March 18, 2009
The economy is bringing out the inner farmers of many city dwellers. In fact, there is a growing trend for urban families to raise their own chickens. In addition to producing eggs and meat, chickens might also help to control bugs and dispose of food scraps. Dozens of cities allow residents to raise chickens, including New York, Chicago, Miami, Denver, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles. If you aren’t sure if backyard chicken keeping is legal where you live, check out your local laws at UrbanChickens.org. If you are like me and can’t raise chickens of your own (it would be a dog vs. chicken fiasco!) check out LocalHarvest.org to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area.
Posted in:  Economy, Frugality

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Meg from FruWiki says:
March 18, 2009
Website: http://www.fruwiki.com

My husband and I got two Rhode Island Red hens after seeing that our back neighbor had two hens. Only one is laying so far, but she's laid an egg every day since December 21st. solstice present :D Our other hen should start laying soon and then we'll have more eggs than we know what to do with!We've really enjoyed the chickens, not just for their eggs but also as pets. We let them our of their (large) coop when we can and enjoy watching them peck around at weeds and bugs. They're also very friendly, particularly the one we raised from a chick.We'd like to leave them out everyday, but we prefer to keep an eye on them since the fence with one neighbor is rotting and sometimes their dog gets through. Our neighbor with the hens leaves his out, but one of the original two hens was sadly killed when she jumped over his short fence into a neighbor's yard where there were dogs. Fortunately, his own dogs don't care to mess with the hens and I've known other people with dogs who had no problem. I guess it helps if you can introduce them properly to each other.



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