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City Folk Flock To Raise Small Livestock At Home
npr ^ | January 10, 2009

Posted on 01/10/2009 1:10:37 PM PST by JoeProBono

If you picked up a carton of eggs at the store this week, they probably set you back about $1 or $1.50. The organic, cage-free kind costs more like $3. But some urban and suburbanites are skipping the store entirely when it comes to things like eggs and honey and turning instead to their own backyards. Whether from tighter food budgets or local-eating ideals, more and more people are petitioning their cities to allow small animal husbandry.


TOPICS: Food; Gardening
KEYWORDS: animalhusbandry; chickens; eggs; food; homegrown; livestock; survival; urban
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Urban chickens on Brad's sun porch.

1 posted on 01/10/2009 1:10:37 PM PST by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 01/10/2009 1:12:53 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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3 posted on 01/10/2009 1:15:07 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: JoeProBono
Where ever there are chickens there is chicken ++it. But have at it, and enjoy!! I had a pet chicken when I was little, of course the chicken didn't know it was a pet. It tasted good a couple of years later!!
4 posted on 01/10/2009 1:15:15 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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5 posted on 01/10/2009 1:17:01 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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We live in southwest Houston, and I’m not kidding: there are 3 hens and 1 rooster in the yard next door to us.

We hear them in the mornings — and I guess they are laying eggs.

My daughter told me yesterday “I don’t care — the next time those neighbors bring us BBQ chicken or chicken fajitas, I’M NOT EATING ‘EM!”

ha ha


6 posted on 01/10/2009 1:17:58 PM PST by i_dont_chat (Our black President is quite blackmailable.)
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To: org.whodat

I had a couple of pet chickens. We didn’t eat them, but they are dumber than dirt and not the cleanest critters. If I lived in the country I don’t care what my neighbors have (ok, pigs next door might be less than desirable) but in the city, there’s a reason livestock is prohibited.


7 posted on 01/10/2009 1:18:54 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: brytlea
That was the reason of the have fun. LOL,
8 posted on 01/10/2009 1:20:25 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: JoeProBono

ROFLOL


9 posted on 01/10/2009 1:20:59 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: i_dont_chat
Click on me


10 posted on 01/10/2009 1:22:24 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: org.whodat

I also had rabbits (I convinced my parents we would eat them later—but of course, no, they never were a meal!) I wouldn’t mind living out in the country again and having critters (I think I could even eat them now).


11 posted on 01/10/2009 1:22:24 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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12 posted on 01/10/2009 1:32:15 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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I would rather raise rabbits than chickens. But I would rather eat chickens than rabbits. (and chicken eggs)

As far as food goes, it would most likely be easier to feed pigs than chicken or rabbits...in a city that is. Pig meat is likely more valuable than chicken or rabbit too.

I suspect that if you did a scientific study, rats would be the best option for city meat production. Try finding someone that will eat ratmeat though.


13 posted on 01/10/2009 1:32:16 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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"rats would be the best option for city meat production"


14 posted on 01/10/2009 1:37:57 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: mamelukesabre

Guinea pigs.

Seriously. People in the Andes eat them. They gain well on only a little bit of feed, they can stand cold weather, they pack on quite the little bit of meat.

Since urbanites don’t have feed growing naturally (due to the lack of land), they have to bring in all their feed. They should be most concerned about what farmers call “conversion efficiency” - ie, how many pounds of meat do you get per pound of feed in. Sheep have a higher conversion than cows, for example, and goats a tad higher than sheep, and chickens higher yet. You get the idea.


15 posted on 01/10/2009 1:42:28 PM PST by NVDave
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We recently got some hens that were rescued from a factory farm situation. Beaks cut, plumage a mess due to forced molting, pale skin from lack of sunlight.

Moreover, they had no clue how to act like chickens, as they've been caged all their lives and never got the chance. They don't know how to scratch in the dirt, don't know how to take dirt baths, don't know they're supposed to roost at night, don't know they're supposed to dive in when we give them table scraps.

Luckily we have acreage and are going to be swimming in eggs in the spring, plus chickens are funny to watch.

16 posted on 01/10/2009 1:43:40 PM PST by Lizavetta
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17 posted on 01/10/2009 1:47:30 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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Please don’t tell the chicken I had for lunch!


18 posted on 01/10/2009 1:53:15 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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But sheep taste so much like mutton...


19 posted on 01/10/2009 1:54:42 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: Lizavetta

I’m just curious how chickens get rescued from a factory farm?


20 posted on 01/10/2009 1:55:39 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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21 posted on 01/10/2009 1:55:43 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: brytlea
The SPCA didn't know, they just got the phone call from the rescue. In the past we've gotten rescue hens because the factory farm was closing down or something.

Oh, and their toenails were about 3 inches long. They were a mess, but they're kicking it with the 'experienced' hens so they'll get with the program eventually.

22 posted on 01/10/2009 2:01:36 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: NVDave

Yep, I get the idea.

But pigs can be fed garbage. So can rats. can guinea pigs?

BTW, the most efficient meat production is ostriches, if I remember correctly. But I doubt a city dweller can raise one by feeding it city dweller garbage.


23 posted on 01/10/2009 2:02:28 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Lizavetta

I had no idea there was chicken rescue. I once had a friend who did rabbit rescue. Enjoy your eggs!


24 posted on 01/10/2009 2:06:30 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: mamelukesabre
"the most efficient meat production is ostriches"

Watchit buddy!


25 posted on 01/10/2009 2:09:29 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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26 posted on 01/10/2009 2:25:44 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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27 posted on 01/10/2009 2:30:28 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: brytlea
You order baby chicks in the mail!!!
28 posted on 01/10/2009 2:30:36 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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OMG!


29 posted on 01/10/2009 2:32:48 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: org.whodat; brytlea

http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com
I’m looking though their catalogue right now.

The eggs make the best cakes you’ll ever eat.


30 posted on 01/10/2009 2:39:37 PM PST by najida (Alone is not an illness to be cured, but a gift to be cherished..)
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To: JoeProBono

That one was drive through order at KFC.


31 posted on 01/10/2009 2:39:51 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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In a round-about way maybe that’s rescuing them from a factory farm...


32 posted on 01/10/2009 2:43:39 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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33 posted on 01/10/2009 2:44:13 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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I suspect my HOA would throw a shoe if I got a few chickens... To say nothing of what my husband would do!


34 posted on 01/10/2009 2:44:32 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Y’all wanna be careful about feeding pigs garbage.

I’ve seen pigs fed garbage in one pen, and in an adjoining pen pigs fed grain, alfalfa and so on.

The pigs that got the garbage get aggressive. Real aggressive.

I doubt city dwellers would be prepared for how aggressive larger pigs can become.


35 posted on 01/10/2009 3:32:04 PM PST by NVDave
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36 posted on 01/10/2009 3:45:14 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: JoeProBono; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Garden Ping!!!!

I’m not so sure about raising livestock in the City -— but heck, why not!!!!!


37 posted on 01/10/2009 3:57:06 PM PST by Gabz
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38 posted on 01/10/2009 4:02:39 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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Your pix are an absolute HOOT!!!!!


39 posted on 01/10/2009 4:04:50 PM PST by Gabz
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To: NVDave

Eventually, you can feed them the dead bodies of the rival gangs that you eliminate.

:)

Just remove the hair and teeth before feeding the bodies to the pigs.

But ya. I agree. most city dwellers are clueless about ALL animals. Just look at how they treat their lapdogs and their kids! That right there should tell you what they are like.

They aren’t totally dumb though. THey’d learn the hard way eventually.


40 posted on 01/10/2009 4:07:44 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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Aw. Hes a cute little ham sandwich.


41 posted on 01/10/2009 4:09:24 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: JoeProBono

Maybe not brave. Maybe REEL fast!


42 posted on 01/10/2009 4:11:29 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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Just Dammmm!

Now I don’t want to eat chicken. Yeesh.


43 posted on 01/10/2009 4:13:11 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (FREE BLAGO !!! LET HIM SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER !!!)
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44 posted on 01/10/2009 4:23:10 PM PST by bastinado
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45 posted on 01/10/2009 4:23:11 PM PST by bastinado
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Now I don’t want to eat chicken.

That became my husband's attitude the first (and only) time he ate rattle snake. He was told it tastes like chicken, now he says chicken tastes like rattler :)

46 posted on 01/10/2009 4:28:10 PM PST by Gabz
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To: brytlea

Yeah, the fragrance is one reason.

I’ve been near chicken coops on farms and prefer that they stay there.


47 posted on 01/10/2009 4:28:55 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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In Colombia (SA) the people feed their guinea pigs scraps from the kitchen. When they’re big enough it’s dinner time.


48 posted on 01/10/2009 4:31:09 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: JoeProBono

Ostrich is great.

Tastes like beef.

Really....


49 posted on 01/10/2009 4:32:29 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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50 posted on 01/10/2009 4:40:24 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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