From CNN Producer Emily Kean:
"What's so funny about chickens?"
That’s what I’ve been wondering as a story pitch has been working its way through the editorial process. Every time this story has come up, there’s been a big laugh in the newsroom because some of my neighbors were interviewed for the piece and because I want to build a chicken coop in my own backyard.
The joke is that we don’t live on a farm in rural Georgia, but in an intown neighborhood only six miles from CNN Center. It’s a growing trend, “chickens in the city,” where families team up in informal co-ops to care for the birds and share the eggs. I personally think it’s a great idea, even if raising chickens will be a bigger hassle than running to the market every week. The reward of fresh eggs, from chickens that live in a yard and not in a wire cage, makes it worth it.
But don't take my word for it. Check out this piece from CNN's Reynolds Wolf, which I like to call, "Chickens in the 'Hood."
If you'd like to learn more about raising chickens in the city, here's a helpful site with lots of great information. The Chicken Whisperer