Agriculture

American Cities Big and Small Still Ruffling Feathers of Backyard Chicken Owners

Let them lay eggs.

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A growing number of people in Philadelphia are raising egg-laying hens in their backyards, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported this week. The head of a group of city chicken owners who the Inquirer spoke with estimates there are at least 12,000 backyard chickens in the city, an increase of 20 percent over just the past year.

The only problem? It's effectively illegal to raise backyard chickens in the city, thanks to a 2004 ordinance.

"The 17-year-old ordinance, aimed at combating neighborhood complaints about noise and odor, limits chicken-raising to properties of at least three acres," the Inquirer reports. "And although most municipalities ban roosters, which crow loudly, Philly is one of the few that also prohibits female hens."

While it's true that most cities and towns prohibit noisy roosters, Philadelphia is hardly "one of the few"—regardless of size—also to ban raising egg-laying hens. As I've detailed in several columns over the years, many cities and towns around the country –from Illinois to Washington, D.C.—have barred residents from raising egg-laying hens.

In January, I discussed a couple in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, a rural town about four hours from Philadelphia, who were fighting to overturn their town's ban. The couple—who were reported to city officials by their neighbor, the city council head—had already been fined thousands of dollars for raising a handful of chickens and ducks in their yard. (At last check, the town's ban is still in place.)

As I also noted in that column, many larger U.S. cities today are far more welcoming than are small towns like Wellsboro to those who would raise a few chickens in their yards. Several big cities, including Seattle, Denver, and Salt Lake City, have passed good rules in recent years to facilitate urban chicken ownership. 

While the Inquirer suggests efforts to overturn Philadelphia's ban are merely simmering, the fight over backyard chickens is on full boil in other parts of the country right now. In Plano, Texas, city councilors, who had been inclined to keep in place an existing ban on raising backyard chickens, warmed to the idea in a public meeting last week. Further south, efforts to legalize backyard chickens are also underway in Galveston.

As I explain in my book Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable—while noting bans in and around Omaha, Detroit, and Chicago—raising a handful of chickens in one's backyard has benefits that a growing number of Americans have rediscovered. They are, I write, "a prized addition to any yard, providing a regular source for fresh eggs and fertilizer and a natural means of controlling pests such as grubs." Those benefits are enjoyed by rural, suburban, and urban residents alike. For example, a 2013 USDA report I cite in the book says that about 1 in 25 residents in Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City raises egg-laying hens.

While many people are fighting to legalize backyard chickens because of these benefits, some want to take a giant leap backwards. In Grand Forks, N.D., city council president Dana Sande wants to change existing laws that allow backyard poultry in order to take away a few chickens raised by Jacob Willardson, a local 12-year-old boy.

"Beyond a philosophical sort of objection—chickens are farm animals that, in [Sande's] view, shouldn't live in a city—Sande said they also create a noise issue because other domesticated animals bark at the chickens," the Grand Forks Herald reported this week. (Wait until Sande learns about cats!)

Critics who also claim backyard chickens are "unclean, smelly, and noisy" are almost always wrong. Chickens aren't any smellier than cats or dogs. And rules that allow for raising hens generally prohibit raising loud roosters and don't override existing nuisance laws.

It turns out there are no good arguments in favor of laws that prohibit people from raising a handful of egg-laying hens in their backyards.

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  1. Cities are soon going to be forced to re-visit their rules on raising chickens, just as they’re going to have to re-visit their rules on dung fires, habitations requiring running water and electricity, the hunting of rats, snakes, stray cats, zoo animals, and cannibalism.

    1. Pooping in front of businesses, looting businesses and shooting at police will still be ok.

      1. There have been NO reports of chickens shooting at police.

        1. What about chickenheads?

          1. The Vice President is a chickenhead. It is wildly popular.

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    1. Is he raising chickens in his backyard?

      1. If Mr. Koch wanted chickens on his property, he wouldn’t raise them himself. He’d import cost-effective foreign-born labor (probably from Mexico) to do it.

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        1. That’s offensive to Central Americans, OBL.

          1. The drumsticks on a Mexican are bigger than the drumsticks on a chicken. Just sayin’.

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        3. Mr Koch supports free range Mexicans.

  4. Move out of the failed collectivist magnet known as a city.

    1. What rural shithole do you live in Gumby?

  5. That’s not a chicken, that’s my emotional support companion who identifies as a middle-aged black woman and DNC precinct organizer.

    1. Who did it vote for?

      1. That chicken was actually an insurrectionist and participated in a coop d’etat.

        1. There ya go Gumby!

          That was funny!

  6. My town has chickens and it does not have three acre zoning. There is a rooster down the street from me, close to the perfect distance away. It is easy for me to go take a look or listen but I can’t hear him when I am home.

    1. My neighbors have chickens – hens – they are about 3 doors down and across the street.

      When they accidentally get a rooster, he’s Sunday dinner. For them. We only hear it for a couple of weeks.

      1. When I first moved into my neighborhood, I had no idea my neighbor had chickens. It was winter and still dark out when I left the house. I didn’t even know they were there till the spring, when the sun was up earlier and they started laying in the morning.

  7. Some old neighbors of mine had chickens. Their entire yard, driveway, garage and everything else was covered in bird shit and feathers. They offered me eggs once, and they hadn’t washed them off. Covered in shit. Fucking disgusting. I hope they’re the exception, not the rule.

    1. Offered you shit-covered eggs? Now THAT is a pretty hard-boiled thing to do!

      On the other hand… When life offers you a few shit-covered eggs… Maybe you have to break a few shit-covered eggs to make a shit-covered omelette!

      I do actually recall like $700 hammers, $3,000 toilets, and $5,000 coffee-makers and what-not sold to the US military… If you can get in with the right folks, maybe military-grade shit-covered omelettes could make you RICH!!!

      1. That guy’s standards are a shell of its former self. And I’m not yolking around on that. I for one would not be eggcited to get those.

      2. Sarc summoned his shit-eating sock and he appeared.

    2. My experience is, most chicken people treat their chickens as pets and treat them the same as they would treat the family dog. I have 8, and they’re spoiled, fat birds who live in a chicken palace in my backyard, which my kids rake and clean daily.

      Backyard chicken keeping is an intense hobby for people. They go nuts over those goddam birds. They spend a shitload of money on chicken upkeep and housing. They’re like a step down from horse people in their obsession with their chickens.

      1. “Backyard chicken keeping is an intense hobby for people. They go nuts over those goddam birds. They spend a shitload of money on chicken upkeep and housing. They’re like a step down from horse people in their obsession with their chickens.”

        Some chicken-keepers definitely fall in that category. The coop I had was designed and built by a mechanical engineer — it works really good — automatic feeding and watering, easy to clean, yep.

        Of course, I got it for free from the guy who build it had to move to city which didn’t permit chickens. And, while my chickens (all “rescue birds”) were very much like pets — they were most definitely outdoor pets. And no cute vests or other silly stuff. They definitely wreak havoc on grasshoppers, and pray for any small reptile which they spot. Chickens are really easy to keep, quite entertaining, will defend your yard from strange cats, and then, of course, nothing like the taste of “true” free-range eggs.

        1. I grew up on a small farm that dabbled in both egg-laying and meat breeds of chickens. My dad wrote the book… book… book… book-AWK-book on chickens!

          But that was more years ago than I care to confess to!

          So the ONLY expertise that I now have left is… To tell you that… The below song should be the theme song of all “chicken peep-le” everywhere!

          LeRoy Troy, “Ghost Chickens in the Sky”

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkdci55adqk

          1. “I grew up on a small farm”

            Seems about right.

            1. Ghost Chickens in the Sky
              moosebutter

              A chicken farmer went out on one dark and dusty day
              And by the coop he rested as he went along his way
              When all at once a rotten egg hit him in the eye
              It was the sight he dreaded: Ghost Chickens in the Sky!

              This farmer had these chickens since he was twenty-four
              Working for the Colonel, for thirty years or more
              Raising all those chickens up to send them off to fry
              And now they want revenge: Ghost Chickens in the Sky!

              Their beaks were black and shiny, their eyes were blazing red
              They had no meat or feathers – oh! These chickens all were dead!
              They raised that farmer up and he died by the claw
              They cooked him extra crispy, and served him with cole slaw

              So let this song remind you if you want eternal peace:
              Don’t raise up harmless poultry for to cook ’em up in grease
              Remember: don’t raise animals that you will some day kill
              For a chicken may come haunt you, but Tofu never will.

              1. That is hilarious

                1. Don’t forget to hear the Country-Western song version of it!
                  LeRoy Troy, “Ghost Chickens in the Sky”

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkdci55adqk

                  1. Kinda shocked at the amount of chicken material you had queued up.

              2. Ha.

              3. Birdies birdies in the sky,
                one dropped doo doo in my eye.
                I’m a big boy I don’t cry,
                I’m just glad that cows don’t fly.

                1. “I’m a big boy I don’t cry,”

                  Since when?

                  1. Wow. He’s quoting a fucking nursery rhyme and you have to turn it into a petty bitchy insult.

                    1. And you have to cry about it.

                    2. That’s why he was one of the first people I muted.

                    3. Guys. In case you missed the first 100 announcements… sarcasmic is honored to run from arguments while still acting as a troll in 90% of his posts.

                    4. Wait, sarc muted me? First I’m hearing about it.

                    5. I’m mutin… Hey, pay attention to me! I’m muting you!
                      What do you mean you don’t care… but I’m muting you… you have to care or else I won’t feel special.

              4. This reminds me: Someoneone on the old “Doctor Demento Show” did a cover of Talking Heads song “Psycho Killer” called “Psycho Chicken.”

            2. Oh look the slanderous asshole is back.

              1. Tulpa never left.

                1. No I don’t think he’s Tulpa. Tulpa would try to trick you into playing these semantic games. Tulpa would try to have a laugh at your expense, but I did not get the sense that Tulpa *hated* his victims. They were just objects for him to play with, like a cat playing with a ball of yarn. I think he’s Mother’s Lament or someone else in that crew of GNATs. Someone who *hates* me (and probably you too) on a personal level, beyond politics.

                  Remember when Trump was elected, there were all those stories along the lines of “if your family member voted for Trump, kick them out of the family”? They are like the mirror image of that. In their view, politics is personal, and people outside of their tribe don’t just have bad ideas, but are horrible people who deserve personal contempt and personal destruction.

                  This is worse than Tulpa. They don’t want to defeat ideas, they want to destroy individuals.

                  1. I think that it is very instructive that when one STARTS to have a sort of at least somewhat “data driven” argument, but as soon as you show just how far off-base (ignorant of facts, historically shown to NOT work, highly prone to unintended consequences, etc.) their stance is, they resort to the gutter, and childish insults.

                    The following link documents instinctually-driven sociobiological roots to what is going on here! Correct (data-driven, rational, benevolent) people make the troglodytes look bad, so they strike back in whatever way that they can!

                    http://www.churchofsqrls.com/Do_Gooders_Bad/

                    1. Can you explain what’s data driven in your link, SQRLSY?

                      I see that you brought up the Genghis Khan “Y” chromosome common wisdom that was proven to be dubious a decade ago.
                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descent_from_Genghis_Khan#DNA_evidence

                  2. Racist collectivist asshole picks ONE tiny thread on this web site here (where Genghis Khan is just ONE out of MANY MANY examples), as if it matters! Whereas racist collectivist asshole’s derogation (plus the derogation from many other assholes here) of the truly well-informed and benevolent comments here (real libertarians, real respecters of individual freedom) is FAR more compelling evidence (that “do-gooder derogation” is a real “thing”) than Genghis Khan’s Y chromosomes will EVER be!

                    Thanks (sort of) for proving my points, with your behavior! But I invite you to quit (to become a better humanoid) at any time!

                  3. They’re just miserable losers who enjoy being mean. That’s all.

                    1. Always the victim buddy.

                    2. That’s what my ex-wife said so I hit her. I’m not afraid of no restraining orders. Anyway it’s all her fault, she made me hit her. She knows what I’m like…

                2. You two make an adorable fat alcoholic couple.

              2. Yes, and I see you brought sarcasmic with you. Are you two going to go drinking at sarcasmic’s half million dollar Air B&B?

                Better prop up Jeff’s bed, sarcasmic. He’s a heavy one.

                1. You really think slandering strangers on the Internet is the best use of your time?

                  1. You admitted you’re fat, so how is he slandering you?

                    1. I never claimed I was fat.
                      And his whole nick is a giant slander.

                    2. I asked you if you were fat and you said yes.

                    3. Please provide a citation to this conversation.

                    4. Because it doesn’t exist.

                    5. It does, i just don’t feel like looking for it. I’m surprised you don’t remember it, because afterwards you said you were lying.

                    6. If it exists then prove it.

                    7. You definitely said you were obese. Why you were so frightened by the cold.

                    8. Are you fat?

                2. Why do you do this?

                  1. From http://www.churchofsqrls.com/Do_Gooders_Bad/ , this may be a partial explanation…

                    “This phenomenon is called “do-gooder derogation”. It can be found around the world. In hunter-gatherer societies, successful hunters are criticised for catching a big animal even though their catch means everyone gets more meat. ”

                    End out-take. To me, sociobiology is often intuitive. At first glance, the hunter-gatherer tendency (instinctually driven?) to immediately “take down a peg or two” the hunter-hero who just bagged a good kill of “red meat” to help feed me? This is counter-intuitive! But take a deeper, more thoughtful look at it: If we make a BIG hero out of the hunter-hero, he might steal all of our women, and make all of our babies! So the tribal shaman will remind the hunter-hero, and the tribe, that it is the shaman that knows how to beat the drums just exactly the right way, who drives away the sun-god-eating (eclipse) demons, and make the demons un-eat the sun-god! And the tribal artist will remind everyone that it is he (maybe even sometimes she) who knows the right way to carve the mammoth tusk, to make a magical fertility icon-figurine, and keep the tribe fertile. We are ALL heroes around here, and NOT just the hunter-hero! So the hunter-hero needs to be reminded of that, so that he’ll not steal ALL of our women!

                    The knuckle-dragging troglodytes among us, on the internet, even when we know darned well that most of the commenters are anonymous, go into an instinctually-driven mode of “punish the people who are wise, benevolent, and correct”, and make them look bad! Else they might steal my wife or girlfriend, and make my babies”! It is knee-jerk stupidity, on a largely-anonymous chat board, but there it is!

                    1. The knuckle-dragging troglodytes among us, on the internet, even when we know darned well that most of the commenters are anonymous, go into an instinctually-driven mode of “punish the people who are wise, benevolent, and correct”, and make them look bad!

                      I think there is some of that going on.

                      I also think that some of them really have a hard time arguing at the level of an abstract idea. To them, an idea is always associated with a certain personality, and ‘destroying’ the personality is equivalent in their minds with destroying the idea. Such as, “those liberals are just weak soy boys, so if I mock the soy boys and make it uncool, I am striking a blow against liberalism.” No not really, they’re just making fun of a lifestyle, not an idea.

                      And I also think there is some of this going on:

                      https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/07/12/maga-cultist-admits-lying-it-doesnt-have-to-be-true-it-just-has-to-go-viral/

                      “It doesn’t have to be true, it just has to go viral”

                      I think a lot of them has internalized that ethos. That the truth doesn’t matter, all that matters is what people believe. (And then *they* are the ones who have a hissy fit about ‘post-modernism’ lol.)

                      So all they have to do is make up shit about me, or you, or sarc, or anyone else not in their tribe, and as long as more people believe that than the actual truth, then from their point of view it’s just as good as the truth.

                    2. Wow that’s a great story.

                    3. chemjeff, thanks for the link, I saved it! Yes, the “Big Lie”… If we can make the rest of the tribe say it’s true, it becomes true! Especially after we beat up or kill all those who disagree!

                      That denying reality doesn’t work in the long run? Who cares?!? As long as I get to be “Big Man on Campus” for now, satisfy my “punishment boner”, AND monopolize most of the women, it’s all good! (That’s what he said, at least-beast lowest common denominator).

                    4. So all they have to do is make up shit about me, or you, or sarc, or anyone else not in their tribe, and as long as more people believe that than the actual truth, then from their point of view it’s just as good as the truth.

                      The only people who believe their crap are fellow trolls and assholes who aren’t worth a conversation anyway. When you defend yourself from their lies you validate them. Don’t bother. Anyone worth a conversation will figure it out on their own.

                    5. Here’s sarcasmic talking about people he’s muted. Again. Maybe I don’t understand the point of muting someone because I haven’t done it, but I assumed it’s so you don’t have to interact with people you don’t want to.

                      So why is sarc discussing people he’s muted? Again?

                      Why did sarc lie about leaving this webpage for glibertarians? Hmm, I wonder if it has anything to do with the time he admitted he comes here just to “snipe”?

                  2. They do it because you respond. Don’t validate them with a reply. Just mute the fuckers. The only people they impress are each other. Everyone else wonders what the hell is wrong with them to make them say such nasty shit to strangers on the internet.

                    1. Lol. It is amazing watching people cry put their victim hood 30 times a day thinking they are the serious ones.

                      No wonder your side is defending CRT so much.

                    2. Look, JesseBahnFuhrer, speaking for myself and not for Sarcasmic… Even though you’re too stupid to tell the difference, or a mendacious liar… The reason that I refute your posts is to prevent OTHER PEOPLE from being the victims of YOUR lies! I am not your victim because I am smart and benevolent enough to NOT be fooled by evil and stupid people! Other folks might not be blessed enough with enough smarts and benevolence to see through your evil, and through your stupid. Some few of them might ALSO not be tribalistic power pigs, and MIGHT have enough humility to listen to what I write! There is ALWAYS hope, even in the face of evil and stupid power pigs like YOU!

                    3. Squirrely, I’ve got friends who browse the comments and wonder what could possibly make people be as mean and nasty as the trolls on this site. Those “OTHER PEOPLE” can figure things out on their own. After all, it’s the same five or six assholes making all the noise. Once their posts are turned into grey nothing, the comments become surprisingly civilized.

                    4. But sarcasmic, you, chemleft and Sqrlsy are the fucking trolls.

                      You did nothing but troll ML, Ken and Jesse, and then when they made you look like an idiot you cried that they were being mean.

                      Chemjeff obviously works for some propaganda outlet and posts off a sheet of talking points. And when he’s not doing that, he’s trying to derail conversations not following the narrative by trolling. Particularly Ken who’s usually to polite to tell the troll to fuck himself.

                      Finally Sqrlsy is an obviously insane pervert, who compulsively posts the same crazy text files over and over again, because he’s too stupid to come up with original content.

                    5. But sarcasmic, you, chemleft and Sqrlsy are the fucking trolls.

                      Says the guy who uses lame socks to insult people.

                      You offer nothing of substance. You are nothing but a nuisance. When is the last time you discussed any issue of substance, on its merits, WITHOUT devolving into insults or tribalistic bullshit? Hmm?

                      *You* are what’s wrong with the Reason comment section.

                    6. *You* are what’s wrong with the Reason comment section.

                      And the Mute button is the cure.

                    7. “WITHOUT devolving into insults or tribalistic bullshit? Hmm?”

                      You mean like everytime you and sarcasmic flip out on Ken, because he said something embarrassing to the Democrats?

                      You think that by invoking tribalism people will think that you’re Neutral Jeffy? Everyone knows you’re paid to represent the Democrats here.

                      As for sarcasmic, he’s desperate for attention and would befriend the devil if he thought he’d give him some.

                    8. Holy shit it’s another thread of sarc and Lying Jeffy crying. Which is amazing because sarc mutes people. Then cries about what they post. After he mutes them. Something isn’t adding up.

          2. “Ghost Chickens in the Sky”
            This is going to give me nightmares. LOL

      2. Youre not an alcoholic divorcee.

    3. Leaving them unwashed is probably intentional since, once washed, eggs need to be refrigerated as washing removes the naturally protective mucus layer eggs have. If the eggs were cold, there isn’t much excuse for dirty eggs, but if they were fresh it makes sense to leave them as they are harvested until they’re ready for refrigeration.

      As for their yard, it’s their yard. If they were like the jerk chicken owning neighbors I had who “free ranged” their chickens and allowed them to roam, dig up our gardens and lawns, and shit all over our decks, patios, and driveways. Yes, they were both jerk neighbors for allowing the chickens to wreak destruction and unwittingly provided the chicken for my jerk chicken recipe if the birds were still in my yard when I returned from work.

      I did try to warn them that the birds would have to potentially contend with fishers, hawks, bobcats, etc. but they insisted that “free range” was the only humane way to raise chickens.

      1. I like chicken tractors when predators are in the area.

        1. Unfortunately these were really dumb people who didn’t believe in fences, pens, or any other mobility restriction. They had a coop in the yard without a door so the birds could avoid the rain but nothing else.

          Complaining to them that the birds were destroying our lawns and killing our garden plants was met with dumb responses like “oh, just chase them back here if they come over” and “don’t worry about the scratching, they naturally aerate the soil when looking for grubs and things”. Obviously the rest of us have nothing better to do than wrangle their chickens and replant constantly.

          I don’t know how many of their chickens were actually taken by predators but I know a few fell to either a .22 RWS 34 or a bow and arrow depending on which neighbor got fed up with their inaction.

          1. A good dog takes care of that problem too. Unless you also have chickens then you might not like that dog as much.
            Next year they will park their junk vehicles on your lawn and give you, “Oh. Well, just let me know when you need it moved and I’ll come right over.”

          2. Presumably with some tell-tale secret blend of 11 herbs and spices found by the animal forensics crew at the picnic site.

      2. I realize it was their yard. Doesn’t make it less gross. And now that you mention it, every month or two I’d hear them blasting away at racoons with a shotgun.

        1. Do you realize half this thread is you and your obese lover crying about being victims?

          1. “ Once their posts are turned into grey nothing, the comments become surprisingly civilized.”

      3. I’ll take the washed and refrigerated ones, thank you much.

        Some neighbors of my Grandparents were cooped up (pardon the pun) sick for 10 days from food poisoning from homemade ice cream made with home-grown eggs, no doubt unwashed. (Who the Hell uses eggs in ice cream anyway?)

        I salute anyone who raises theircown vittles, but like Sargent Esterhaus always said: ” Let’s be careful out there!”

        1. (Who the Hell uses eggs in ice cream anyway?)

          The people who do it right. Frozen custard is where it’s at.

          1. Baked custard I can enjoy. But the moment I smelled raw eggs, I would be put off of ice cream.

        2. French vanilla made at home uses eggs.

      4. If their idea of “free range” means trespassing on neighbors’ private property rights, producing nuisance odors, and disturbing sleep, then they are, dare I say, shitty neighbors and you have every moral right to either shoo the chickens away or failing all else, dispatch the poultry invaders to Dumpling Valhalla.

        Legally, however, you may want to try getting an injunction demanding removal of the particular nuisance in small claims court first. At least you can say you tried it civilized before a family feud begins.

    4. If you don’t wash them they can last two weeks unrefrigerated.

      1. Yeah, but who’d want them unwashed?

        I’d rather just clean and refrigerate them, then fry, scramble, or boil them on the campfire and share them with pets and friendly neighbors when the power goes out.

        1. Americans seem almost alone in their urgent need to wash raw eggs. But it’s not at all necessary. Well, not the American consumers, it’s the American egg producers meeting the demand of anal retentive American consumers who got that weird idea in their head that unwashed eggs are gross because they come out of a chicken’s butt.

          1. Salmonellosis is my big concern. I got it once in college and never want it again! Even when I use egg shells in my plant’s soil, I wash out the insides of the shells before mixing them in the soil.

        2. Unrefrigerated eggs cook much easier. If you’re washing them yourself you could always wait to do that right before using them.

          1. I suppose that’s possible. Still, I even go so far as to bleach surfaces that any loose egg white touches. I take no chances with Salmonellosis.

  8. Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.

    1. Fucking white supremacists.

  9. As Diane Worley always said on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In:

    “IS THIS A CHICKEN JOKE?!?!?”

  10. If you want to raise animals, get a place in the country.

    1. Why do you exclude dogs and cats? Cats can be pretty quiet if they’re not in heat, but dogs are far far noisier than chickens. What is it with you city people who hate animals.

      In the town I grew up in there were chickens at times, but even one house that had goats in the back. Some numbnut lefty turned him in and it causes a stink. Why you hate goats? Fancy shmancy pot bellied pigs are fine for you uptights, but not goats? Goats are cool!

  11. Back at my old place, my neighbors had backyard chickens. Sometimes one could get loose into my yard and eat all the spiders. Chickens are a bit noisy, but chickens are great.

    The neighbors where five families of wetbacks living in a house. They would get up and go to work at 5:00am and come back home when it was too hot to be in the fields anymore. They were polite and considerate and mannered and hard working. Hardest working people I ever knew.

    Maybe they wouldn’t take ‘Murican jobs if ‘Muricans wanted those jobs just as much. ‘Muricans can’t handle the competition. They want everything given to them by big daddy government.

    1. I find it fascinating that you can find humans raising chickens just about everywhere, except maybe Inuit people up in the Arctic Circle. Adapted to all environments, and used in every cuisine.

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