In case you haven’t noticed, chickens aren’t just for farms anymore. According to a June 2009 Los Angeles Times article, raising backyard chickens has been gaining ground all across the country, from Baltimore to Seattle, Chicago to Los Angeles. The city chicken craze has steadily picked up speed since the early 2000’s. Today, almost two million chicks are delivered to homes and farms by the Murray McMurray Hatchery, the world’s largest supplier of rare-breed chicks.
Seattle Tilth, a nationally recognized non-profit educational organization, coordinates an annual Chicken Coop Tour where visitors can check out a variety of coops and ask questions of chicken owners. They also teach a very popular ‘City Chickens 101’ workshop four times a year, where people learn what’s involved in caring for a small flock of chickens. With the demand so high, more classes are being planned. (Classes can be found at http://seattletilth.org/)