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China: Beijing closes 321 pig farms in 2017

The city has also chosen more than 20 pig farms to promote the use of waste-processing and water-saving technologies.

Editor: Liangyu
Xinhua|
2018-04-09

BEIJING, April 9 (Xinhua) — Beijing shut down 321 pig farms last year to clean the environment and save water.

The Survey Office of the National Bureau of Statistics in Beijing Sunday said the city produced 2.42 million hogs for slaughter in 2017, down 12.1 percent year on year.

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April 14, 2018   No Comments

A chicken in every backyard: Urban poultry needs more regulation to protect human and animal health

U.S. Department of Agriculture. United States. Bureau of Animal Industry. Animal Husbandry Division, 1918

Nearly 1 percent of all U.S. households surveyed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported owning backyard fowl in 2013, and 4 percent more planned to start in the next five years.

By Catherine Brinkley, University of California, Davis and Jacqueline Kingsley, University of California, Davis
KiiiTV
Apr 3, 2018

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U.S. cities once were powered by animals. Horses provided transport through the early 1900s. Pigs and hens fed on household garbage before municipal trash collection became routine. Thousands of cattle were driven up Fifth Avenue in New York City daily in the late 19th century, occasionally trampling children and pedestrians.

To reduce accidents, disease and nuisances, such as piles of smelly manure and dead animals, early public health and planning agencies wrote the first ordinances banning urban livestock. By the 1920s, farm animals and related facilities such as dairies, piggeries and slaughterhouses were barred from most U.S. cities. Exceptions were made during World War I and World War II, when meat was rationed, encouraging city dwellers to raise backyard birds.

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April 9, 2018   No Comments

Homeowners cry ‘fowl!’ over measure to allow city residents to raise chickens in Bardstown, Kentucky

Ann Rosalie Ballard gestures while asking a question regarding the draft ordinance that will create regulations to allow city residents to raise and keep chickens under limited circumstances. Ballard spoke in opposition to the ordinance.

“It’s like, if we allow chickens in Bardstown, then all of a sudden the Beverly Hillbillies are moving in as neighbors,” he said.

By Jim Brooks
Nelson County Gazette
Mar 29, 2018

Excerpt:

Ann Rosalie Ballard and several other downtown residents spoke against allowing residents to raise chickens, even on a very limited basis.

Ballard lives in the city’s historic district, and she focused many of her questions about how raising chickens will fit in the restrictions homeowners in the historic district already deal with.

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April 7, 2018   No Comments

Bad blood at Flagstaff City Hall traced to new student urban farming initiative

A test flock of chickens roosts on the balconies of The Hub student housing complex as construction on the building continues. Jake Bacon, Arizona Sun.

City Manager Barbed Goodfellow requisitioned eggs, glow lamps and straw-filled hatching bins, then ordered all staff to make room in their filing cabinets and desk drawers for 21 days until Easter, the day the chicks were expected to emerge.

By Daily Sun Staff
Arizona Daily Sun
April 1, 2018

Municipal sources have shed new light on the controversy that has roiled Flagstaff City Hall in recent weeks.

Bad blood between the City Council and staff is being traced to a new sustainability program combining urban farming and student responsibility that has moved – literally – inside City Hall.

Sustainability manager P.G. Woodshed hatched the plan with Development Director Dan “Guy” Fawkes after learning of negative community feedback to massive student housing projects looming over Flagstaff neighborhoods.

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April 2, 2018   Comments Off on Bad blood at Flagstaff City Hall traced to new student urban farming initiative

Isabella Rossellini Would Like to Introduce You to Her Chickens

Click image to see larger file. Courtesy of Patrice Casanova, My Chickens and I (Abrams Image; 2018)

In My Chickens and I, the actress and artist combines her love of animal behavior and her experience as a model, making her brood of heritage chickens the stars.

By Jasmine Arielle Ting
Vanity Fair
March 22, 2018

Excerpt:

Leave it to Isabella Rossellini to take what started as a hobby—raising chickens on her Long Island farm—and turn it into art. In the new book My Chickens and I, the actress, model, and artist introduces readers to her crew of heritage-breed chickens, with names like Andy Warhol and Amelia Earhart, who are photographed inside their own sets. The book, with photographs by Patrice Casanova, documents the growth of Rossellini’s first flock of around 40 chickens, from the moment they arrived as online-ordered chicks in a box, until they began laying eggs themselves. Today, there are around 120 chickens on her farm in Bellport, NY.

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March 23, 2018   Comments Off on Isabella Rossellini Would Like to Introduce You to Her Chickens

UK: Lambs arrive at Kentish Town City Farm in London

Volunteer Louis Golfier with one of the lambs.

‘I have never seen a black lamb with a white head and tail’

By Helen Chapman
Camden New Journal
Mat 16, 2018

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The young animals are said to bring more visitors to the city farm, spring being its busiest time of year. Twin lambs were born on Friday to a mother ewe named Lucky and one was born on Saturday to mother Motley.

Louis Golfier, 16, has been volun­teering at the farm for seven months.

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March 21, 2018   Comments Off on UK: Lambs arrive at Kentish Town City Farm in London

American Veterinarian: Unregulated Backyard Chickens Pose Health Risk, Study Says

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A UC Davis study is calling for more regulations regarding chickens being raised in urban and suburban settings.

By Amanda Carrozza
American Veterinarian
March 12, 2018

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While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact number of Americans who currently raise chickens in urban and suburban environments, a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) survey of homeowners in 4 major US cities (Denver, Los Angeles Miami, New York City) found that 0.8% owned chickens in 2013. An additional 4% said they planned to own chickens in the next 5 years, and nearly 40% were in favor of allowing chickens in their communities and would not mind if their neighbors owned chickens.

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March 19, 2018   Comments Off on American Veterinarian: Unregulated Backyard Chickens Pose Health Risk, Study Says

Canada: Urban chickens (banned in Ottawa) are flocking to Gatineau

Carmen and Matthew Chase show off their three chickens their family has in the backyard of their Gatineau home Sunday March 4, 2018. Two-year-old Errol, five-year-old Ewan and seven-year-old Edmund pose with their dad as Carmen gets the third chicken who just wasn’t ready for a photo shoot. Ashley Fraser / Postmedia

City proposes to expand its small experiment in urban farming to allow coops for 200 homes.

By Tom Spears
Ottawa Citizen
Mar 5, 2018

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Building the coop “took an enormous amount of time,” Carmen said. It’s insulated, though not heated, and the Chases picked a large design.

“Finding a coop and finding the time to build it is going to be your largest input of time,” she said.

They buy feed from a commercial chicken farm, which is also where the chickens came from. Luckily, they haven’t had trouble with predators breaking into the coop, though squirrels were sneaking in to steal food for a while. The engineer fixed that.

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March 13, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Urban chickens (banned in Ottawa) are flocking to Gatineau

We kid you not, Goat Yoga is a thing in New Orleans

(Must see video. Mike)

The goal is having them on their backs and moving between their legs.

By Jade Cunningham
4WWL
March 2, 2018

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“At first I was like you got to be kidding me,” Seely said. “But people really enjoy it.”

“Obviously Goat Yoga speaks for itself,” said McKensie Kirchner.

Kirchner is one of the instructors and a co-founder of NOLA Tribe Yoga. She says she was excited to hear about the birth of these kids.

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March 4, 2018   Comments Off on We kid you not, Goat Yoga is a thing in New Orleans

Canada: Backyard chickens now allowed in parts of Toronto as part of 3-year pilot project

“I have a feeling my 94-year-old mom and 94-year-old dad, both of whom grew up in a rural context, I think they’re going to come over and they’re going to love it,” he said.

By Nick Westoll
Global News
Mar 3, 2018

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“It’s exciting and an important development for the city, especially in the area of urban agriculture,” he told Global News, adding Toronto joins many other major cities to allow chickens.

“The movement includes community orchards, community gardens, backyard gardens, farmers markets, a 100-mile diet, buying organic, and now backyard hens are now a part of that.”

Chickens are currently permitted in residential backyards in several other cities, including Vancouver, Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles.

Mihevc said there’s a growing desire for people to have the ability to source eggs at home and have hens as pets. In fact, Mihevc said he’s going to build a coop in his backyard later this year and work with an area daycare and a school to showcase the hens.

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Also see: Backyard hens get the green light in four wards

March 4, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Backyard chickens now allowed in parts of Toronto as part of 3-year pilot project

Japan: Goats, pigs and veggies crop up in urban Tokyo

Children feeding goats at the Otemachi Bokujyo, a farm located on the 13th floor of a gleaming skyscraper in the heart of Tokyo’s Otemachi business district.PHOTO: PASONA GROUP

Japanese high-rises are more than just offices and shops – some have mini-farms too, even as the number of rural agriculture workers falls

By Walter Sim
Straits Times
Feb 24, 2018

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Across Japan, city dwellers have been developing quite the green thumb. Urban “citizen farms”, as they are called, grew in size by 36 per cent over 10 years, from totalling 641ha in 2005 to 877ha in 2015, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).

While much of this land has traditionally been greenhouses or fields located in city suburbs, there has been a push towards integrating the old-school farming concept into the urban landscape – both for commercial and community engagement purposes – by companies across industries from real estate to transport.

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Canada: Breaking baaah’d: Edmonton hopes people flock to be goat co-ordinator

Weed-eating goats charmed visitors to Rundle Park last summer at meet and bleat events.

Goats are having a G.O.A.T. (what the kids call Greatest of All Time) “moment” in popular culture.

By Paula Simons
Edmonton Journal
Feb 27

Excerpt:

Have you herd the news? The City of Edmonton isn’t kidding around. It’s on a mission to recruit a new manager with a talent for dealing with particularly stubborn — and hungry — workers.

And it hopes people will flock to apply.

Yes. The city has just posted an ad for a new goat co-ordinator.

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February 28, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Breaking baaah’d: Edmonton hopes people flock to be goat co-ordinator

Chickens for rent: Goffstown farm offers an easier way for home chicken farmers to take wing

Christine Templeton holds one of her Buff Orpington chickens, one of two breeds she and her husband, Brian, will rent for 26-week terms to customers who want to try home chicken farming without having to care for the birds through the winter. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

The Templetons are raising 120 egg-laying chickens on their 13-acre farm, two miles west of St. Anselm College.

By Michael Cousineau
New Hampshire Union Leader
Feb 10, 2018

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Lydia Sobocinski has wanted to raise chickens in her Windham yard since she moved from Massachusetts 15 years ago.

“I just kind of fell in love with the idea,” she said last week.

But concerns over how to raise them and what to do when winter arrives kept her wishing – until she saw a Facebook post on renting chickens.

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February 18, 2018   Comments Off on Chickens for rent: Goffstown farm offers an easier way for home chicken farmers to take wing

Chickens are helping senior citizens fight loneliness in a major way

A few little chooks are making big changes in the lives of elderly patients, helping them fight depression and dementia.

By Jessica Salter
Telegraph
31 Oct 2014

Excerpt:

Owen Turnbull is giving a tiny five-day-old chick a bath in the sink of a communal launderette. The chick, which is chirping away as he talks to it, is one of four orphans. ‘Their mam died three days ago,’ he says, in his soft Geordie accent. ‘I found her when I went to feed them. I was sad about losing her – I do get attached to them.’

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February 17, 2018   Comments Off on Chickens are helping senior citizens fight loneliness in a major way

Canada: Quails – Big hopes for a small bird

Ben Glassen with one of the quail chicks he’s raising in an aquarium in his Port Moody home. He says the little birds have great potential for sustainable small-scale cooperative backyard urban farming to provide eggs and protein. Photograph By Mario Bartel/The Tri-City News

Glassen said the quail’s small size, quiet demeanour, low-cost care and maintenance, and short lifespan make them ideal for small-scale urban farming, avoiding many of the problems that can come with backyard chicken coops.

By Mario Bartel
Tri-City News
February 6, 2018

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The Port Moody resident envisions friends and neighbours in his historic Moody Centre neighbourhood turning over a small part of their backyards to raise the tiny birds for their eggs and meat.

Here’s his plan: Glassen would move his small, portable coops around the yards every day, and from yard to yard every week or so, caring for the birds himself by providing them with food and water. The homeowners would benefit from the natural pest control as the quail hunt and peck for grubs and insects while fertilizing the grass with their droppings, and they would have ready access to a supply of eggs as well as, when the males mature after two months, meat.

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February 12, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Quails – Big hopes for a small bird