Hipster Farmers Ditching Chickens?

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Backyard Chicken Farming In Urban Areas Gains In PopularityThe other day, this article in the National Post was brought to my attention.

According to the article, “municipalities across North America are just now starting to see the unforeseen consequences of allowing hipster farmers to raise chickens in their urban backyards: Hundreds of birds are being abandoned by their owners after they’ve become more of a burden than a blessing.”

That’s right.  They used the term “hipster farmers.”

Now, for the record, I’m all for the idea of backyard chickens.  We’ve toyed with the idea here at Farm to Table.

But I’m wondering, dear readers, what you think of the ideas raised in the article.

Or with the articles found here:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/hipster_chickens_farmers_learn_innundated_3Zu8bniRwZ5kiN1ElNJrmL

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/backyard-chickens-dumped-shelters-when-hipsters-cant-cope-critics-say-6C10533508

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/10/hipster-farmers-chickens_n_3574974.html?utm_hp_ref=real-estate

Or any of the number of articles published in the last week or so — really, it’s the type of story that media outlets tend to run with.

I’d love your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

5 Replies to “Hipster Farmers Ditching Chickens?”

  1. This is typical in one respect but important in another. Typical in respect to the fact that reporting often reflects a status quo mentality that says “See. See!! We told you this was a stupid idea.” This coupled with the general pop culture phenomenon of loving to hate hipsters is a potent combination for dismissing urban farming as fantastical pollyanna nonsense. On the other side it is a legitimate issue. Anyone who wishes to raise backyard fowl ought to ensure that their well-informed and probably supply themselves with heritage rather than commercial fowl. The trouble with the lack of objectivity is that it’s hard to see that the current system is actually part of the problem here.

  2. Abandoned? I have a smoker and rotisserie in my back yard that could quite wonderfully take care of as many orphaned hipster chickens that came my way.

  3. My grandfather lives in an 800 year old city in Poland and has been keeping chickens for decades. I don’t think it’s common there in cities, either, though slightly more common. Those eggs are excellent–they have a fresher and creamier taste to the yolk than the stuff from stores. He sometimes sells his extra eggs at the local open air market.

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