As some of us recover from the spectacle of Super Bowl Sunday, we thought it’d be an appropriate time to kick-off our own grand event — chicken week. Now, as many a city councilperson can tell you, the idea of city-slickin’ chickens stimulates some compelling, if not maddening debate (evidenced here). In tough times, urban livestock definitely has some appeal for those who’d take their victory gardens one step further. Will chickens supplant dogs as the preferred family pet? Or will future generations merely associate chicken with greasy, dinosaur-shaped bricks of life-shortening goodness? Maybe something in between…
To get a sense for the realities of chicken-keeping in an urban context, our latest Planning Pool Original visits a bonafide chicken enthusiast in Portland, OR, where backyard fowl are accepted members of the community.