In some municipalities, including De Pere after it passed an ordinance last year, chickens and dogs are coexisting as pets in the backyards of residents.
Every day, people are encouraged to "shop local," know more about the origin of the food they eat and become more aware of the chemicals put into the animals, food and air around us. Farmers' markets are becoming year-round, and in the summer, you can find one almost every day as many people are trying to break free from the industrial-food scene.
One of the biggest movements to achieve some independence has been backyard chickens. More communities are passing ordinances to allow homeowners to keep chickens (namely, hens) in their yards - and lucky for them!
Keeping chickens is far less ...