CHAPTER 1

POWER TO THE POULTRY: THE GROWING URBAN CHICKEN MOVEMENT

THERE IS A FAST-GROWING MOVEMENT sweeping across the world. It’s all about urban chickens, and thousands of people are joining every year.

Keeping chickens in urban backyards is nothing new and at one point, was quite common. The United States government, for example, encouraged it during the Great Depression, when food was harder to come by and a family had to provide for its members. When small grocery stores started popping up on every corner and began carrying ready-to-roast chickens and clean, white eggs, the need for a small backyard flock to feed the family dissipated.

The new urban ...

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