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Backyard chickens…

Posted by Allison on April 26, 2010

We are NOT getting chickens. This is the statement my husband made after I discovered the coolest thing on the net. I’m aware that everything under the sun can be found on the internet but I had NO idea how big the idea of keeping chickens in an urban setting was around the world.  It all started after I watched a program out of the UK called Edible Garden.  The host Alys was super cool and hoping to have enough fruit and veg to supply her and her husband out of her small(ish) city plot.    Part way through the first program she got some chickens for fresh eggs.  I said, that’s weird but didn’t think much of it.  Then there was an article about how people in Vancouver are trying to get bylaws changed so they can keep up to 4 hens in their yard.  So I started reading different blogs and sites and watching youtube videos about the practice of city folk keeping chickens.  I don’t know why but I always assumed that keeping chickens would be a loud endeavor only tackled by rural folks or at least people on acreages.  I realize that only the cocks crow but for some reason I couldn’t imagine that people would just keep hens.  And yes I realize that you just need the hens to have fresh eggs every day thanks to “A Day at the Forestry Farm” circa 1978.  Now there is the coolest sites called OMLET and Backyard Chickens that I’ve been obsessing over.   There for the backyard enthusiast really whether you want to keep BEES (um, no thanks),  Chickens, Ducks or other unconventional pets.  The theme along most of the sites is that chickens make great pets that give back.  Fresh eggs every morning?  That would be the coolest thing.  Have 2 or 3 chickens would mean more eggs than our family could eat in a week.  And people who raise them in the city do not usually eat their birds because they are PETS. (also vets will euthanize or dispose of a chicken for just 7 pounds around the UK, totally wondering what a vet in Edmonton would do if you showed up with a chicken).  Oh and for all my friends back home who are now DYING to see if they can keep some chickens in they are still looking for a few more test sites…River City Chicken Collective.  I’m thinking Nippster will be all over this one…..

There are clubs….like at the Omlet.  And the blogs!!!!  I can’t stop reading  What Cluck to Wear and Witch Hazel Hens and Plain Old Chickens my favorite so far is Three Swingin’ Chicks cause the recipes make my mouth water…even while trying to write this post and link I ended up spending an hour just reading the blogs again.

Ah chickens.

9 Responses to “Backyard chickens…”

  1. christina said

    I LOVE chickens. When we were vacationing in Denmark last year I bought a UK version of Living at Home magazine with an article about keeping chickens in your garden – seemed to be all the rage and everyone was going nuts about it. Every since then I’ve thought how much fun it would be. I doubt we’ll do it, but still.

    • Allison said

      I’ll be in the UK in a few days…wonder if I could find a back issue? I’m going to end up scoping out peoples backyard looking for hens!

  2. CHICKENS!!!!!

    Sorry, that’s just what I have to say all the time. One of my high school friends had this weird infatuation with anything she could get that had a chicken on it. 🙂

    There is something super-cool about fresh eggs every day. You could even ask your neighbors to pitch in a few bucks for feed in exchange for the eggs. Ooops, I guess I’m not helping your husband out any here, am I? 🙂

  3. Meech said

    Ha ha Allison, I love the fact that you actually think that I would be up to raising chickens. I’m surprised that my cat hasn’t died of starvation yet. Oops.

  4. My sister has a chicken named “Betty” that roams the backyard ingesting various worms and insects. She’s actually a happy little chicken. I like her. From behind the safety of a sliding glass door. 🙂

  5. ERI said

    We live in rural Maine, on what was once a huge chicken farm — although there are no signs of it now beyond buried mountains of manure beneath the grass at the edges of our property and random metal pieces of abandoned farming equipment well off in the woods.

    I recently decided that I wanted a few chickens, too. Even came up with the idea of sharing them with our neighbors so that we don’t have to worry about leaving town.

    I made my way to your blog through a link on the Mom Blogs and laughed when I saw this post. My husband shot the idea down flat, too. We are NOT getting chickens either. I go back and forth about whether I’d really like to have them or not…

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