Stealth Chickens

We’ve briefly talked about this before – but there are many towns and municipalities all over the U.S., and even the world (for that matter), that don’t allow chickens inside their limits.

This is a quick little read about how some folks in the Sacramento area are keeping stealth chickens anyhow.

It’s worth a read.

Kelson

Urban chickens get tucked in at night all over California. They’re legal in varying number in Folsom, Roseville, Davis, Berkeley, Oakland, Anaheim and LA. Until Sacramento joins that list, the city’s stealth chickens will continue to run afoul of the law — which doesn’t have much meat, anyway. Get caught with a backyard hen, it’s a $100 fine. You’ve already saved that in free eggs! And – get this, the city lets you keep your chicken.

clipped from www.capradio.org
Urban Chickens: From Barnyard to Backyard
Morgan Ong

Leaving behind money for something more

I really liked this article. Not only does it look at a possibility that I’ve thought about before – leaving the corporate world to pursue a healthier, more passionate lifestyle – BUT it also brings you back into the ‘real world’ by looking at some of the pitfalls of this type of living.

This one is definitely worth a read, especially if you’ve ever thought about quitting your job to follow an agriculture / back to basics lifestyle.

Kelson

clipped from www.nytimes.com
Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times

Ms. Reade officially became an organic farmer in 1992, when Neptune Farm was certified by the Northeast Organic Farmers Association. Even so, she estimated that it took another five years for her to make a complete transition, when she no longer had to rely on doing financial work on the side.

“There was a steep learning curve,” she said. “I had to pour all my savings into this place to make it work, and there was little or no return on the investment.”

Chicken killing coyotes on the rise in California

Here’s an interesting article about the rise of coyotes in suburban areas in California. Photo by Andre Taylor, article from San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Most importantly, I have included the part of the article where they talk about how you can prevent coyote problems for your family, your pets, and yes … even your chickens.

There are many measures that pet owners and residents can take to protect their families and pets.

Coyote killing chickens in California
Coyote killing chickens in California

Among them is to install chicken wire around farm animals, build tall fences around yards and properties, keep pets and pet food indoors, and keep garbage cans in enclosed areas, according to the county’s Department of Animal Control.

If you encounter a coyote, do not run or turn your back. Instead, calmly back out of the area.

Also, don’t challenge coyotes by looking them directly in the eye. Protect small children by standing between them and the coyote, and fight back if attacked.

Kelson

The Collapse of Louisiana’s Economy

Well…

It’s happened.

The last state to outlaw this bloody sport, is about to go into economic depression. Never-mind the hurricanes or anything like that. They’ve outlawed cockfighting, and it could mean the end of Louisiana’s economy.

But, don’t take my word for it, check this out:

“The combination of new federal and state laws has combined to sap Louisiana’s cockfighting industry, which supporters said eliminated what used to be a regular source of business for the state’s hotels, restaurants and feed stores.

Daughdrill, head of the Louisiana Gamefowl Breeders Association, said the number of large, active cockfighting pits has dropped from 20 last year to about six now. Membership in the association — breeders fans and the like — has plummeted roughly 90%, from 6,000 last year to 600.”

Oh, and did I also mention, it’s going to destroy their cultural heritage as well?

No?

Oh, well, yeah… that too.

You can check out more about it at the link in the headline.

But, if you’d like to know how to raise chickens that’ll grow up to be healthy and strong anyhow – please check out Chicken Coop Living, even if you’re not able to fight them to the death to see how strong they really are.

Kelson