Thursday, May 14, 2009


I'm going to put on Slim Gaillard's Chicken Rhythm while I type this.... imagine a song only of chicken noises.
Jimbo several days ago sent me an article about hipsters challenging city ordanances to have chickens. For the mighty and all knowing Jimbo knows of my love of chickens, live chickens. Then today in the Post's Home Section, "Hot Chicks: Legal or Not, Chickens Are the Chic New Backyard Addition," which just demands I write about chickens here.
The article confirms my suspcion that yes, the District of Columbia government is unwelcoming to urban agriculture. It would have been nice to hear from the Department of Health, not just the DCRA because in other juristictions that's the department that holds sway over these things. If there is a group of District residents fighting to overturn these laws, point me in their direction, I wanna join.
Keeping in mind that it is not legal to have chickens (neither is pot, but I smell it in my alley) in the District, here are some sites to take a look at:
Backyard Chickens- Check out their forums where people talk about their chickens and other poultry, post pictures, and discuss local chicken ordinances.
The City Chicken Project in NYC.
Small Scale Poultry Housing from the Virigina Extention.
The City Chicken- Seattle Chicken raisin'.
And check out the Stealth Chicken Coop at My Pet Chicken.

Yeah, I've been thinking about chickens for a good while.



At 5/14/2009 10:16 AM, Anonymous jimbo said...

I think you should do it.

Next project: backyard aquaculture!

At 5/14/2009 10:41 AM, Blogger Mari said...

Don't think so, unless I'm raising mosquitos too.

At 5/14/2009 1:03 PM, Anonymous jimbo said...

Guppies or gambusina (sp) will take care of mosquitoes. That's how they control mosquitoes at the Kennilworth Aquatic Gardens (small, mosquito-eating fish in the guppy family).

More community chicken info:

At 5/14/2009 4:41 PM, Anonymous jimbo said...

More poultry info:

Brave New Turkey
The rise and fall of the Beltsville Small White
By Maurice Martin
Nov. 26 - Dec. 2, 2004 (Vol. 24, #47)

I found this article to be fascinating and covers some local science history!


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