NPR Story on the Rise of Backyard Chickens

NPR’s On Point did a great story about the rise of backyard chickens. You can access the show here:
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Interviews include:

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.

4 Comments on NPR Story on the Rise of Backyard Chickens

  1. Thanks for the great story of the rise of backyard chickens, I recently just got 6 chics and trying to get all the information I can obtain about chickens.

  2. This is a great article on raising chickens. My husband and I run a chicken blog at to also inform people about backyard chickens. We have been taking care of chickens for 8 years and love every bit of it. Well besides cleaning out the coop;) Not sure if anyone really likes that to much.

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