Episode 4: Chickens in South Florida

Thu, Feb 18, 2010

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Chickens in South Florida by Rick Stone

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by Michal Zacharzewski (stock.xchang)

There are some people who think that if a parrot is considered a pet, then a chicken should be as well.  They keep a small number of “domestic chickens” in their yards.

Domestic chickens are a growing national trend.  Chickens in residential areas are on the rise (see links below), along with a general interest in “urban farming” or farming in non-traditional areas like neighborhoods, vacant city lots, and traffic medians.

More South Floridians are keeping chickens for pets, food, or both. Bob Bishop of Grif’s Western in Davie says sales of chicken feed tripled over six months.  He says that many of his customers are “everyday people” who keep one or two chickens in their yard.

Under the Sun contributor Rick Stone talked to some of these customers– the Hromada family of Pompano Beach.  They keep fifteen chickens in their house.  Yes, that’s right. These chickens live inside of their home.  In order to avoid animal authorities, the Hromadas have created a system of living with their chickens that works for them. The chickens are their pets and they’d like to keep it that way.  Or at least some of the Hromadas would… Listen to the story on the player at the top of the post.

Related Links

Urban Chickens

BackYardChickens

UPI:  Urban chickens gaining in favor

UPI: Family ordered to get rid of chickens

Miami New Times: Miami’s Chicken Busters are no more

New Haven Advocate: Why urban chicken farming is not as weird as it sounds

The New Yorker: Susan Orlean on the ‘It Bird’

Today: Raising chickens in the city (video below)

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