“One of the best things about raising urban chickens is the joy of watching them; I love to watch the chickens. It’s just like a cat playing in the yard or watching your kids or an aquarium. They are little beings that you take care of and that are in motion and also give you eggs!

If you have never had a backyard egg before, wow! There is a difference — a big difference in color, in texture and in flavor. I actually didn’t like eggs very much, and I would never voluntarily cook an egg until I had my own backyard eggs. Then I was like: Oh my God, eggs are good; this is yummy!

One of the other things that I like is that they use your waste, and their waste is useful to you, so it’s a circle, a cycle of life that you can actually create in your own backyard.

I love the joy that kids get from it and the community that is build around it. People’s kids will come to my backyard to feed the chickens, interact with them and pick them up. They get so excited that when they are playing with their friends in the neighborhood they will get them to come over, so I meet them and their parents. It is really a great community builder. That is one of the things that I am really excited about for Columbia.” From here.

Debra Smith comments “Chickens suffer from a PR problem. People think chickens are dirty, noisy and smelly. The truth? A few cared-for hens are cleaner and quieter than one big dog or the three neighbor cats that poop in the flower beds. Plus you get eggs.”  (http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080821/LIVING03/59405618 )  Keeping chickens for eggs is no different than keeping other pets, be they rabbits, parrots, dogs or cats except that they are useful-they provide us with multiple services.  Chickens provide entertainment, fertilizer, eggs, use our food scraps, and reduce pest insects.    Like all pets they need to be well cared for and healthy. For those with children it is a way to show them that not all food must come from the grocery store and to give them some responsibility, just like any other pet.  Hens kept in a secure enclosure after dark pose no increased predator problem.  Small backyard flocks pose no threat to humans or other pets.

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