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Infographic: 14 Ways Keeping Backyard Chickens Saves Your Garden and the Environment

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By Claire Smith
The Happy Chicken Coop
2015

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Chickens were domesticated around 9000 years ago in Indian and Eastern Asia. Since then they have been the source of much amusement, enjoyment and food.

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July 17, 2015   No Comments

Growing flock of Bostonians embrace urban chicken-rearing

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The Chickeness Khrysti Smith holds her chicken Tribble during the class on raising urban chickens she teaches at Green City Growers in Somerville. Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro Photo:

Raising livestock is banned in most of the city, but many amateur chicken farmers keep birds on the fly.

By Spencer Buell
Metro
July 5, 2015

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A backyard chicken farmer of six years, Smyth offers classes, consultations and coop-building services. Her work has earned her the title “Chickeness of Somerville.”

“One way of looking at it is I’m a backyard chicken concierge,” Smyth said.

The venture, Smyth said, has been much more successful than a past service she offered giving consultations on green living. People didn’t want tips on composting, she said, they wanted help with hens.

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July 15, 2015   No Comments

Michigan Agriculture Workgroup Recommends Legislation to Support Urban Livestock Operations

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To address these uncertainties, a 21-member Urban Livestock Workgroup was created last summer to formulate recommendations regarding urban/suburban livestock operations.

The National Law Review
June 10, 2015

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Of the 20 requests occurring after the new guidelines were issued, 6 of them were denied because the operations would have been too close to neighbors.

As explained by MDARD’s director of environmental stewardship, Jim Johnson, the denied sites “either had more than 13 homes within an eighth of a mile, or another residence within 250 feet.” Although site inspectors generally try to help applicants determine if there is any possible way to create a permissible livestock operation on their property—such as by putting the animals near the back of the property—sometimes it is just not possible.

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June 17, 2015   Comments Off on Michigan Agriculture Workgroup Recommends Legislation to Support Urban Livestock Operations

Leesburg, Florida allows residents to raise up to 15 chickens in their backyards.

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Liam Knowles, 14, watches as his chickens eat from a feeder in a fenced area in his backyard in Leesburg on Friday. Photos By Brett Le Blanc / Daily Commercial.

Backyard chickens are permitted in Leesburg and certain areas of Lake County thanks to new ordinances that allow landowners to raise small flocks.

By Theresa Campbell
Daily Commercial
June 8, 2015

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Urban farming appeals to 14-year-old Liam Knowles, who cares for 13 hens at his family’s home in the Palmora Park neighborhood of Leesburg. His chicken coop is protected by shade and is surrounded with wire fencing and plenty of room for birds to roam.

“I thought it was going to be like a zoo, but they are very calm. It has surprised me,” he said. “They really became pets instead of farm animals. They are very friendly and fun to have and fun to watch.”

The chickens come running when they see Liam.

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June 16, 2015   Comments Off on Leesburg, Florida allows residents to raise up to 15 chickens in their backyards.

Debate about goat-keeping in Ferrysburg city limits still rages after 8 months

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In this file photo, Children of the Montambo family in Ferrysburg, Mich. pose with the goats that they and their parents keep. Children, from the left, are Jack, Grace, Olivia and Miles. Goats, from the left, are “Thomas” Jefferson, “Benjamin” Franklin, Penelope, and Mamma.

“I got nothing against goats,” Scarpino said. He’s more opposed to the manner in which the ordinance was passed – with a 4-3 simple majority vote, and against the recommendation of the city planning commission.

By Stephen Kloosterman
Mlive
May 14, 2015

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FERRYSBURG, MI – For some Ferrysburg residents, it really gets their goat that neighbors are keeping theirs.

A debate about whether residents may keep goats, rabbits or chickens at cityside homesteads has raged for more than eight months. The city council recently approved a city ordinance that would allow keeping animals within certain limits — but now a there’s an effort to repeal that ordinance.

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May 22, 2015   Comments Off on Debate about goat-keeping in Ferrysburg city limits still rages after 8 months

A little farm in your backyard in Lodi, California

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Debbie Haesche coos over the chicks at Robinson’s Feed Supply in Lodi on Monday, March 30, 2015. Haesche was a long-time chicken owner until city of Lodi regulations passed last year no longer permitted them. She has been speaking up about bringing them back and is circulating a petition.

Increasingly, Lodi and Galt residents are raising tomatoes, chickens and more on their property

By Kyla Cathey
Lodi News-Sentinel
Apr 27, 2015

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Backyard chickens aren’t currently allowed in Lodi or Galt, though Lodi’s Planning Commission has recommended the city allow residents to own up to five laying hens. That recommendation will go before the city council in May.

They are allowed in San Joaquin County, however, and local feed stores like Robinson’s take advantage of that.

The store offers several chicken classes throughout the year, including those offered by Cherie Sintes-Glover. She also travels to people’s homes to help them evaluate their set-up and go over proper chicken care.

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May 6, 2015   Comments Off on A little farm in your backyard in Lodi, California

Encinitas, California releases draft neighbourhood agricultural ordinance

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Officials said they hope strikes a balance between encouraging agricultural while protecting the suburban value of neighbors.

By Aaron Burgin
The Coast News
Apr 26, 2015

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The ordinance spells out a number of farming activities that property owners would be able to do by right, including:

Have farms smaller than an acre
Host farmers markets with 15 or fewer vendors at churches, schools and community centers,
Set up fruit stands of 120 square feet or smaller and operate them 12 hours a week
Host up to six “agriconnection” events a year, including farm-to-table events, farming tours and the like. Events that are not directly tied to agriculture, such as yoga and art events, would not be allowed by right.

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May 5, 2015   Comments Off on Encinitas, California releases draft neighbourhood agricultural ordinance

Brighton, Colorado sets rules for urban farming of bees, up to 6 chickens

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Jan Coffelt has bees in the backyard of her Lakewood home Photo by Seth A. McConnell.

“We have had calls about whether or not people can slaughter in their yards.”

By Megan Mitchell
Denver Post
03/26/2015

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Residents interested in keeping backyard hens and honeybees can get their coops and hives set up before summer now that City Council has approved new regulations for urban farmers.

Up to six hens (and ducks) and are now allowed outside single-family homes, and anywhere from one to eight hives can be placed on private property (depending on the homeowner’s land size).

Both bees and chickens are also allowed in some parks and open space properties.

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April 7, 2015   Comments Off on Brighton, Colorado sets rules for urban farming of bees, up to 6 chickens

Michigan State: Policy released on urban livestock recommendations

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Cairo, Egypt. Urban livestock production: sheep, goats and mixed poultry on top of an apartment building in Cairo. (S.D. Lukefahr)

Urban livestock workgroup calls for the creation of an urban agriculture act to stimulate and support efforts to raise and grow food locally.

By Brad Neumann,
Michigan State University Extension
March 26, 2015

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Over the course of five meetings, the Urban Livestock Workgroup developed the following recommendations:

Develop an Urban Agriculture Act to address, stimulate and support local efforts and interest in raising livestock in urban/suburban areas.

Acknowledge the interconnection of raising livestock and plants (crops), recommending the proposed Urban Agriculture Act require development of guidelines for urban/suburban agriculture.

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April 6, 2015   Comments Off on Michigan State: Policy released on urban livestock recommendations

Michigan Panel opposes legal shield for city, suburban livestock

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“Why can’t I have 10 rabbits in my back yard in the city if my neighbor can have four barking Rottweilers?”

By John Flesher
Associated Press
Mar 15, 2015

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Traverse City — People who raise chickens or other livestock in cities and suburban residential areas should not have the protection from nuisance lawsuits that Michigan grants to farmers in the countryside, says a report to the state’s agricultural policymakers released Sunday.

Backyard farming should continue to be regulated through local zoning ordinances, although the state should encourage the practice and develop guidelines on matters such as proper animal care, waste management and slaughter methods, said the document by the Urban Livestock Workgroup.

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March 29, 2015   Comments Off on Michigan Panel opposes legal shield for city, suburban livestock

Saturday Night Live ‘Urban Farming’ Skit


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Urban farming is made easy with Nest-spresso, which incubates a fertilized chicken egg in minutes.

By Saturday Night Live
Season 40, 2014

In this commercial parody, a woman (Vanessa Bayer) introduces her urban farming neighbors (Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon) to Nest-spresso, a machine that incubates a fertilized chicken egg in minutes.

March 15, 2015   Comments Off on Saturday Night Live ‘Urban Farming’ Skit

Hong Kong’s goat keepers ready to help the city ring in the year of the goat

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Allan Shek has more than 100 goats on his farm near Mai Po, which opened to the public last week. Photo by Edward Wong, Nora Tam.

The farm is collaborating with a mall in Tsing Yi to give shoppers the chance to get close to the goats at his organic farm.

By Elaine Yau
South China Morning Post
Feb 16, 2015

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The year of the goat promises to usher in a busy time for Hong Kong’s goat keepers. Allan Shek Kwok-keung is counting on it. Last week, the Yuen Long native opened his Little Goat Lemon Garden to the public, and he hopes to receive a stream of visitors as the Lunar New Year brings greater interest in the animal.

Occupying a 40,000 sq ft site near Mai Po, the leisure centre includes a big fish pond, the citrus trees that it is named after and, of course, a herd of goats.

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February 16, 2015   Comments Off on Hong Kong’s goat keepers ready to help the city ring in the year of the goat

Minneapolis Chicken Summit: Feathers ruffled over backyard chicken changes

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Question: How do chickens like to bake cake?
Answer: From scratch

By Jon Collins
MPR News
Jan 30, 2015

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“I’ve got the classic situation where I’ve got a grumpy neighbor,” Henry said. “It would be maybe difficult for me to get the signature requirement right now because one of my next door neighbors is opposed to it.”

But even among those at the Minneapolis Chicken Summit not everyone supported making it easier to get a permit to raise chickens in the city.

Minneapolis Animal Care and Control officials said there were 266 permitted chicken coops in Minneapolis last year. In the late 2000s, there were only a couple dozen.

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February 9, 2015   Comments Off on Minneapolis Chicken Summit: Feathers ruffled over backyard chicken changes

Lahore, Pakistan evicts buffaloes, cows and other cattle from urban union councils

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They make a plan to make Lahore a cattle-free city, raid barns and farms and net the cattle. As soon as the drive is over, the cattle again return to their places.

By Khalid Hasnain
Dawn
Feb 3, 2015

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Under the policy, cattle eviction campaigns are to be launched by the town municipal administrations with the district livestock wing or the officials/departments concerned of the CDGL. At present, the nine town administrations seem not bothered by the presence of cattle.

Famous social activist Prof Ajaz Anwar sees cattle an integral part of nature’s ecosystem, saying their only place is countryside.

“Metropolitan cities all around the world discourage keeping cattle in homes or sheds,” he told Dawn. “Here, it’s a matter of ill-planning. If they’ve banned cattle in urban UCs, the officials should have implemented it well.”

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February 3, 2015   Comments Off on Lahore, Pakistan evicts buffaloes, cows and other cattle from urban union councils

City Farming In Sana’a, Yemen: A Hobby With Potential

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Introducing rural practices to an urban environment carries risks, but it may help solve Yemen’s chronic food insecurity.

According to WFP statistics, the average price for a sheep in Sana’a was at least YR39,000 ($181) at the end of 2014, which represented a 30 percent increase on the previous year.

By Nasser Al-Sakkaf (author), Mohammed Al-Samawi (photographer)
Yemen Times
26 January 2015

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He has been city farming ever since, and says the company of his sheep help him feel closer to home. “We are used to raising sheep, I don’t think I would be able to live without doing so. Every day I clean after them, I give them feed and even our leftovers.”

As a matter of necessity, Muhammad’s relationship with his sheep has grown increasingly intimate. Following several cases of theft amongst urban sheep herders in 2012, he decided to move his flock of ten sheep into the third floor of his house, where they remain today.

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January 27, 2015   Comments Off on City Farming In Sana’a, Yemen: A Hobby With Potential