Friday, April 1, 2011

Backyard Chickens and the Family Dog: BFF?

The rise of urban farmers in Austin who are raising backyard chickens for fresh, ethical, sustainable food is phenomenal.

The Austin Poultry Meetup Group boasts over 800 members, second in the United States only to Atlanta, GA.

Ask any member.

An air of joyful anticipation surrounds chicks and hens from the day they move in to the first omelette. But along with the pride, satisfaction and fun of raising poultry for fresh, local, ethical, sustainable food also comes an unexpected struggle.

There's always someone else in the neighborhood who loves your chickens more than you: hawks, gray foxes, coyotes, raccoons, opossums. And the family dog.

Kerry Rogers & Skye


Kerry Rodgers, a computer programmer who lives in Georgetown, TX with her husband, Bryan, and three boxers, answers the question: are backyard chickens and the family dog destined to be BFF?


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