NPR’s On Point did a great story about the rise of backyard chickens. You can access the show here: http://www.onpointradio.org/2009/09/backyard-chickens
Joining us from Pine Plains, N.Y., is Susan Orlean, staff writer for The New Yorker. Her essay “The It Bird: The return of the bark-yard chicken” appeared in the September 28th issue. She owns seven chickens. She’s the author of several books, including “The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession.”
From Eau Claire, Wisc., we’re joined by Elaine Belanger, editor of Backyard Poultry, a bimonthly magazine with 50,000 subscribers published in north-central Wisconsin. She owns 23 chickens.
And from Iowa City, Iowa, we’re joined by Reginia Bailey, mayor of Iowa City. Before becoming mayor she served for six years on Iowa City’s council. She has opposed efforts to allow backyard chickens in Iowa City.