Category Archives: strictly chickens

As a rule, chickens are skeptics

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Here, one of the new chickens very tentatively checks out her new home. She is right to be skeptical – later that night I ate one of her very distant cousins at a local eatery all crispy and fried. She was delicious. But this one pictured is for egg making. Which will also be delicious.

Chicken reboot!!

20120925-115254.jpgI have six new pullets in the coop as of Monday.  This could be the start of a beautiful friendship…unless one of them turns out to be a rooster.  Then it’s time for soup!

In case anyone occasionally still reads this…

…for your viewing pleasure.

Daily Star showcases Tucson Coop Tour and my chickens!

In anticipation of the upcoming and sure to be fabulous Tucson City Chicken Coop Tour, the Arizona Daily Star produced a two-minute video on my chickens with an interview from your’s truly…here’s the link to the video and if you haven’t already gone and purchased your $5 tickets at the Food Conspiracy Co-op on 4th Avenue be sure to do so!

Happy friday everyone.

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Backyard chickens across the country unite!!

Seriously, my chicken lovin’ friends, the backyard chicken revolution has begun.  So before it nose dives into some irrelevant so-last-year-fad, let us celebrate and truly revel in the fact that people everywhere are getting turned on to the idea of keeping hens in their very own backyards for the joys of wonderfully local, fresh eggs, and even more wonderfully local, fresh chicken shit enriched compost.  It’s true.  Chickens are so hot right now.  Here’s the proof:

As you probably already know, Tucson will be hosting it’s very own chicken coop tour on May 23.  But as much as I would like to say that Tucson is on the cutting edge of backyard chicken solidarity, cities and communities all across the country have been organizing to educate people about the benefits of backyard chickens, as is evidenced by this very helpful post on Urban Chickens.

philadelphians-for-eggsIn many places, it isn’t even legal to keep chickens in one’s backyard (shock!).  Philadelphians have created this very fancy and uber cool poster to champion their cause of keeping chickens.

In my old collegiate stomping grounds of Harrisonburg, VA friends of mine have been cited for code violations after keeping a handful of egg laying wonders, thus resulting in the organization of the Harrisonburg Backyard Chicken Project.

Fortunately, there are wonderful places like Austin,  where they recently celebrated everything fowlish by their very own citywide tour of backyard chicken coops, and you can find out all about it and get excited all over again on their Funky Chicken Coop Tour blog.

Tucson is no stranger to the rights of backyard chicken owners.  Which is why I am so very excited about the upcoming tour of the various chicken coops that the Old Pueblo has to offer.  I will keep you all posted as more details emerge.  In the meantime, backyard chickens and their owners everywhere keep keeping on!

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