More Americans raise chickens in their backyards
Courtesy of Seattle Tilth
Those girls are hens: Alice, Ester, Penelope, Petunia, Sophie, and Winifred. So the couple wanted a yard with an ample mix of sun and shade so the flock could soak in the rays, take dust baths, and nap under leafy trees.
After several weeks, they found the perfect place.
"Once you have chickens, it's really hard to live without them," says Ms. Taylor, a former biology teacher who's now a stay-at-home mom.
She and her husband, Andrew Gould, aren't the only ones who've discovered this. They're part of a growing nationwide trend – city dwellers raising poultry in backyards, mostly out of concern for where their food is coming from.
"You hear all these horror stories about factory farms, and you want a higher ethical standard for the food that you have," said Angelina Shell of the Seattle Tilth Association, a group that offers sustainable-living classes. Most chickens are kept for their eggs, she adds.
The communities of Fort Collins, Colo.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Wake Forest, N.C.; have passed laws allowing residents to keep a limited number of backyard birds. Other chicken-friendly cities include New York; Oakland, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and Salt Lake City.
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