Chicken Round-Up

August 11, 2009 at 12:59 am Leave a comment

The recession has led Americans across the country to raise chickens in their yards.

The recession has led Americans across the country to raise chickens in their yards. © photo by Margarida Correia

Who’d imagine chickens making major headlines?  Or front-page news in the business section of the New York Times?  But chickens are doing just that.  Here’s a sampling of recent chicken stories. 

In this article in the New York Times, reporter William Neuman writes about the “backyard chicken trend” sweeping the country.  Many Americans, he reports, are raising chickens primarily as a hedge against the recession.  Chicken keepers will at least have eggs, should things go really, really wrong.  The thinking, however, is irrational, as it’s cheaper to buy eggs and meat at the store.  The deeper reason for the trend?  Americans want to be more self-reliant in tough, unpredictable times such as we’re experiencing. Neuman quotes keepers of backyard chickens throughout the country, including Declan Walsh, a chicken farmer in Red Hook, Brooklyn, who raises hens for eggs and meat.  I mentioned Walsh in this New York Bounty post.  

In this brief article in the science section of the New York Times, reporter Henry Fountain discusses how scientists made biodiesel from chicken feather meal, a byproduct of large-scale poultry production.   

And in this segment on ABC’s Nightline, two New Yorkers talk about the reasons they keep chickens in their yards. It’s not a question of saving cash, but rather of “getting back to more basic things,” says one of the interviewees. The segment has terrific footage of exotic poultry.

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