What goes around comes around, or so they say. And, “they” would be correct when it comes to the latest trend to hit suburbia.
“Which trend is that?”, you might ask. Well, it’s chickens, of course.
In today’s up and coming neighborhoods, you are likely to see the old familiar sights of children tossing a ball, friends gathered on the porch in rocking chairs, and a yard full of chickens.
Yep, you read that right. Chickens are the latest trending fad to sweep suburban communities.
In fact, backyard chicken coops are no longer just accepted. They are the hot new thing.
Read on to find out why everyone’s flocking to hear roosters crow in their own backyard.
It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of modern-day family life. But, a short drive through our nation’s neighborhoods would tell you that chickens have pecked their way back into everyday American life.
America’s on-again-off-again relationship with chicken hasn’t exactly been stable, although many of us can’t recall a time poultry wasn’t on the menu or stocked in the local grocery store. But, it certainly wasn’t always this way.
In the early 1900’s, the chicken was considered a delicacy in the United States. Chicken meat was served only on rare occasions during this period. But by the 40’s and 50’s, following the Great Depression, families were encouraged to raise backyard chicks for food.
Still, it wasn’t until the 1950’s that the American bird was mass-produced in stockyards and refrigerated in many kitchens. By 1992, poultry was the top-selling meat.
Feathered flocks were no longer individually-owned. Instead, large chicken mills and hatcheries were run by corporations.
It was not uncommon for thousands of chickens to be housed under one roof. Crowded, unhealthy living conditions drew the attention of animal activists. Eventually, Americans began to grow suspicious of vaccinated, genetically altered birds growing to super-sized proportions.
News surfaced about the spread of disease among poultry-industry workers. The media began to spotlight gigantic birds, who were now routinely given antibiotic vaccinations, and growing several times larger than they had been just a quarter-century ago.
In the meantime, everyday environmentalists multiplied, and an interest in sustainable food sourcing peaked the nation.
A combination of factors, including the push for sustainability and healthier diets, led to the return of present-day backyard chicken coops.
Of course, there are plenty of reasons that backyard chicken coops have quickly gained popularity among today’s families.
Not only do these American birds provide a healthy source of eggs, compost material, and insect-control, but they are super-easy and inexpensive to maintain.
Lots of people appreciate the valuable life lessons that come with raising chickens. And many owners feel that their chicks make perfect family pets.
Ready to try your farm-hand?
Check out our guide to find out how you can start raising chickens in your own backyard!