Some cities are including training requirements for chicken keepers in their urban chicken ordinances. Are such requirements reasonable? Read about my experience with the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, backyard chicken training course.
- Deborah Neyens
I'm unleashing my inner farmer in suburbia, and you can, too! I'm a recovering attorney and freelance writer who lives in a fancy suburban subdivision in Iowa. It's the kind of place where everyone has lawn services and cleaning ladies. But not me! I'm steadfastly replacing my manicured lawn with raised beds and compost piles. In that great sheltered spot under the back deck (where most of my neighbors have their hot tubs), I have a chicken pen. My kitchen is always a mess because I'm constantly cooking up new ways to use my fresh produce. My neighbors think I'm crazy. But they never turn down a home-cooked meal, a bag of fresh garden veggies, or a carton of eggs.
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