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CitySolver
CitySolver  
3/28/2014 1:04:19 PM
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Chickens
Having chickens seems to be an urban and suburban obsession at the moment, but many dont see that its not very green. For one you have to buy the chicken feed which racks up extra air miles instead of being delivered to farms where the CO2 per gram is less. Then there is vermin. My father got chickens and now he has mice getting into his house, now I am not saying they are connected but there is a high chance they are. Leave farming to the farmers and by free range organic. That is the best way. Grow your own veg by all means, but unless you live on a small estate or next to countryside I dont see it as a viable option for the sustainability of food.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
3/25/2014 7:28:11 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Summers and Chickens
This article brings back fond memories of summers on the farm. We would get fresh eggs to cook every morning. The first time I saw a chicken running around with no head was yucky....it seem to run for a long time. Did you know most home raised chicken taste different from the ones purchased at markets. I have to see what my City regulation and laws say about Chickens as edible pets. I have a friend who has a goat in the City. My fresh eggs every morning........

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
3/18/2014 4:01:27 PM
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Re: Banned Roosters
And don't forget all the "gypsy" (unlicensed) prepared food vendors not subject to health department rules, inspections or penalties, Kim. Consumers for the most part seem willing to roll the dice.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
3/14/2014 3:12:25 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Banned Roosters
The US is turning into a Black Market Economy for those banned Items that people want or need.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
3/14/2014 1:43:04 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Banned Roosters
We have underground raw milk distributors, underground cheese-makers, underground lobster rolls... I am not making this up.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
3/14/2014 1:41:30 PM
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Re: Banned Roosters
I like the idea of running up to a New York police officer and telling him there's a chicken on the block!

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
3/14/2014 1:40:21 PM
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Re: Banned Roosters
In New York, there's certainly a chicken-keeping tradition among Puerto Rican immigrants, who also keep up the tradition of building little outdoor cabins (for warm weather use) in gardens.  But they're hardly recent immigrants, of course.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
3/14/2014 10:35:49 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Banned Roosters
For that matter, Kim and Terry and others, there is a whole underground chicken-raisin' thing here in D.C. I got fired up to do a story about it a few years ago, but all the folks I chatted with - usually 30- and 40-something moms and dads, not quite the demographic Terry cites in his piece - went all quiet when the notion of my identifying them in print came up. 

Let's just say that if I had a flock in my postage stamp of a backyard, about five houses would see, so densely packed in are the rowhouses here on Capitol Hill. There MUST be a gadfly phoning city hall about ilicit chickens, just as they do when someone installs non historically correct windows or opts for a garish exterior paint color. 

How does the DC Secret Chicken Brigade do it on the sly? Now I want to dive back into that tabled story. I blame YOU, Sweeney.

 

Toby
Toby  
3/13/2014 10:24:57 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Urban Chickens
@David yeah apparantly they do. However only if you really annoy them and if you pursuade them to munch eucalyptus leaves it could even be refreshing....

Toby
Toby  
3/13/2014 10:23:43 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: I'm a little Red Rooster baaby....
Turning garbage into goats cheese...could anything be closer to recycling Nirvana? The chickens and omelettes would be next.

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