Still catching y’all up on homestead happenings.   How’s everyone’s summer shaping up?  Hope there’s a lot of learning and fun going on at your homesteads.

Almost four weeks ago, our baby peepers, er chicks, arrived in the mail.

Buff Orpington
English Sussex
Black & Patridge Cochin
Golden Laced Wyandotte

They are growing up so fast and it’s always a joy to watch them turn from fluff balls to fully feathered.   Guess you could say we are sort of “renegade” when it comes to raising chicks.  With it being so warm and humid these past weeks, we easily weened them off the heat lamp  and are already introducing greens into their diet.


Now, before you run out and get CUTE baby chicks of your own, we always advise folks to do their research first. Do you know a chicken’s lifespan or that egg production decreases after 4-5 years?  Do you know which breed is best for you?  Can you care for or treat a sick chicken?  What happens when you go on vacation?  Do you have a plan when your hen stops laying?  Etc., etc.

Thanks to the growing trend, there is an “ugly” side to having chickens in the city.

This recent article (finally) touched this growing problem throughout the nation

Backyard chickens dumped at shelters when hipsters can’t cope, critics say

Despite visions of quaint coops, happy birds and cheap eggs, the growing trend of raising backyard chickens in urban settings is backfiring, critics say, as disillusioned city dwellers dump unwanted fowl on animal shelters and sanctuaries.

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After NBC reported this story, the Huff Post also came out with a feature about the steady increase of abandoned chickens.

I think it’s important that folks who are advocating city chickens also educate and “warn” folks what they are getting into.   Chickens are indeed fun and a great source of entertainment and food but we need to balance the pros with the cons so that potential poultry raisers know exactly what they are getting into.

What do you think?



  1. Cynthia says:

    The thoughtless “hipster” does nothing but give ammunition to those who don’t want chickens “lowering their property values” when they attend city meetings and speak against those of us who DO have a clue and are trying to get laws changed to allow a few hens. All animals take work, for crying out loud; if you can’t do the work, don’t get the critter! But this is the same sort of irresponsible buy-and-abandon thing that happened with Dalmatians when 101 Dalmatians came out…or to chihuahuas during the Taco Bell advertisements. Luckily for those who did want Dalmatians and Chihuahuas, no one was trying to suppress those breeds, even if it was sad how many dogs were abandoned. 🙁

  2. Sven says:

    I’ve had chickens for three years now and I wouldn’t wanna go back. It’s that addicitve.

    But I also have taken in the occasional chicken from a friend of a friend who has grown weary of the daily upkeep. So I can see it’s not for everyone. Probably not even for most.

  3. Leslie says:

    Hipsters seems a little presumptuous… What about the folks who got their children “Easter” chicks just a generation ago?

    Well, anyway, these “hipsters” don’t go on vacation because our chicks need us here in the summer. Before we stereotype people, which is always good when looking for someone to blame for all the bad that is just too much to handle, let’s realize that people have different reasons for getting chickens.

  4. Elisa says:

    What a nice pictures, yesterday during a walk in my neighborhood (in the city) I saw a couple of big chickens in a small cubicle pathetic staring in front of him. My heart broke when at this.

    I am habituated that the chickens have a large loft with a nice run where they can scurrying around.

    Chickens should just normal food, good scratch and can walk around.

  5. Blythe says:

    I think not only do people not do their research on raising chickens, they take on too many for their first time. I’m a novice chicken owner and I started out with only 4. That gives my family plenty of eggs and is not too much for us to handle. I don’t like the negative “hipster” connotation that implies people just want to do what’s trendy. People should try new things and find out what works for them. Sometime you fail, that’s part of it.

  6. jean says:

    If only people would learn. Always do research before acquiring an animal, whether for homesteading or pet. When I first noticed lots of people getting into backyard “farming”, with goats and chickens, I wondered how long before many would change their minds on having the animals and start dumping them. Animals are not creatures to be taken lightly. It is up to those who truly want and care for the animals to help educate others who are thinking of acquiring some to research and ask questions.

  7. Jenny says:

    How are you able to raise chickens and goats on such a small lot? We live in Pasadena and when my husband looked into raising chickens, he found out we can’t keep them any closer than 50 ft from the lot line. Our lot is 10,000 sf but it’s 50 ft wide so we can’t have chickens. How are you getting around the laws? Is there some way to get a variance to raise chickens??

  8. felicity says:

    Do any of you raise chickens, ducks, quail to eat? Seems that that would be a part of the equation.

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