Hi everyone! Here are some links to local TV coverage of urban hen keeping and CLUCK. Hope you enjoy! Abi
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I’m so excited about this. I learned about this movement from Channel 10 news. Some 35 years ago I had chickens, ducks, and a couple of goats within the city limits but was forced to get rid of them. I’ve been wanting to have a few chickens and a couple of ducks again for the last couple of years. I pray this legislation passes. Thank you for your efforts in this matter. I’ve contacted my city council woman Ms. Hammond to support this measure.
In the September 2009 issue of “The New Yorker” magazine there was an article written by Susan Orlean about backyard chickens, how prior to the 1950’s it was common for people to own chickens, and in the 1950’s the view of such practice changed. The article states, “They (Chickens) were such a fixture in most households that, even as Americans drifted from the country to the cities, they took their chickens with them. Very few cities specifically outlawed chickens until many decades later. You couldn’t bring the family cow along when you moved to town, but anyone with a patch of grass could have a chicken or two. But inexpensive supermarket eggs became readily available in the fifties, at approximately the same time as the enchantment with a hygenic, suburbanized life took hold. Can you picture the ambitious young couples of Westchester in the fifties wanting chickens pecking around the flagstone patio and swing set? What felt modern was to leave the farm behind. In fact, many philosophers, such as John Berger, argue that modernity can be traced, in part, to the momment when we no longer relied on animals for utility, and they were withdrawn from daily life except as ornaments… Then eggs themselves became suspect: in 1964 Konrad Bloch and Feodor Lynen were awarded a Nobel Prize for their research on cholesterol, which conjured images of hardened arteries and vascular lesions, and the assault on eggs, with their cholesterol-rich yolks began.” But things are changing as we gain additional knowledge and wisdom. The article goes on to state, “A widely reviewed 2001 study by researchers at Kansas State University established that, because the human body doesn’t absorb a substantial amount of the cholesterol in egg yokes, eating an egg or two a day is fine. ( Egg whites are completely innocent.)” The popular high-protein Atkins diet and many dietitions will tell you omelettes are an almost perfect meal. “In addition, the concept of the hundred-mile diet–that is, eating food that is not only organic but is grown or raised within a hundred miles of your home–had gained traction; the term “locavore” was popularlized… What could be more local than your back yard? It was a fine thing to grow your own lettuce and tomatoes and make salad, but raising chickens meant that you could make a main dish with ingredients kept right outside your door. For the squeamish, it had the added appeal of being a main dish that didn’t involve killing anything. If you were trying to design a product that satisfied the social preoccupations of the momment, you couldn’t have done better than to come up with a hen.” The author continues his article by siting numerous examples suggesting that there is a significant movement going on throughout the Nation and Europe with regards to the keeping of backyard chickens. One of his examples is the story of three industrial design students from the Royal College of Art in London who chose to develop and market a chicken coop for the backyard breeder, and founded the Omlet company. It is a story that rivals Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Omlet was reluctant to sell their products in the United States, “because the cost of shipping was so high, and because the company felt that Americans were at least a decade behind Europeans in having interest in organic, local food–that we were not yet a nations of chicken-keepers. But there were so many inquiries that, in 2006, Omlet decided to introduce it here. Since then, TreeHugger.com, which monitors ecological trrends, has gone from describing urban chicken-raising as a ‘weird eco-habit” to declaring it a “movement across North America.”
I found the artcile to be quite relevant to the discussions we Sacramentans are currently having, and thought others might find the information equally usefull. The article spoke very favorably of a PBS documentary titled, “The Natural History of the Chicken”. I found it on joost and YouTube. It is an excelent video. Here is a link to it…. http://www.joost.com/2378inb/t/The-Natural-History-of-the-Chicken#id=2378inb
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