Have you ever considered raising chickens in your own backyard? Whether you live in the city or the country, you can raise a few hens and enjoy fresh eggs that are significantly more nutritious than commercial eggs you purchase at the supermarket.
Local laws concerning poultry vary from city to city. In a 2003 survey organized by Mother Earth News, four out of 20 cities did not permit chickens, but eight allowed an unlimited number.
In 2004, Alicia Rheal and Bryan Whiting of Madison, Wisconsin, organized a group – Mad City Chickens – to encourage a change in the laws of their area after they found out that they had been raising chickens illegally for a year. Madison's chicken laws have now been changed and the group provides information and advice on how to raise chickens and coordinate pro-poultry groups.
If cheap, nutritious eggs are tempting to you, it might be time to consider raising a few hens. With the recent rise in food prices, you'll be thankful you did.
To read more from this article about raising chickens urbanly, read "How to Raise Chickens in Your Backyard" at Mother Earth News.