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As shown in the news articles below, there has been an increase interest in keeping chickens, even in the city.
The fight for raising backyard chickens in the city - GRIT, May/June 2010
Chickens come home to roost in backyards around the USA - USA Today, November 9, 2009
Backyard chickens on the rise, despite neighbor's clucks- Los Angeles Times, June 2009
The craze for urban farming - Newsweek Magazine, November 7, 2008
A common question is "Can I keep chickens where I live?" The answer varies considerably depending on where you live. You need to check federal, state, city and local ordinances.
Analysis of chicken ordinances from 25 cities (a student paper)
Raising fowl and small animals in urban areas (Virginia Tech)
YouTube video: Urban chicken farmer in New Orleans