Urban chickens of the Bronx


21 Responses to “Urban chickens of the Bronx”

  1. Matt Staggs says:

    Don’t be fooled by the coop that I got/
    I’m still chicken from the bronx.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression.

  3. Aretis says:

    What a great idea! Pets from which you can harvest menstrual secretions AND eat their flesh. Too bad bad you can’t harvest eggs from dogs or cats.

  4. peruvianllama says:

    Well-played, #13.

  5. litcritter says:

    I grew up in midtown Kansas City, and there was a family down the street with two buffalo calves in their backyard (they ran a buffalo farm on the weekends, the calves’ mother died in birth, and they needed a lot of care during the week).

    The neighbors complained to the city, which is how we found out that our very old neighborhood was zoned to allow two pieces of livestock per lot, and that buffalo were legally considered livestock.

  6. calebcharles says:


    Troll, go pet your sea kittens.

  7. jeff.simmermon says:

    This is wonderful news. Many years ago I lived in Richmond, VA and had a band with two performing chickens. We had to hide them from our landlord and neighbors when we rehearsed in order to avoid police involvement.

    It was also *really* difficult to get shows in the city as a result of the livestock laws. Glad to see that the country’s waking up.

  8. Falcon_Seven says:

    This is really good news that people are starting to bring the primary vectors for for diseases like HN51 into some of the densest centers of human habitation in this country. We are the masters of our own destruction…

  9. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Ooooh, are we menstruating eggs now? That throws fertility science a curveball, doesn’t it?

  10. dragonfrog says:

    Falcon Seven – I wouldn’t say that we’re “starting” to bring chickens into cities.

    There have been chickens in cities for as long as there have been cities. There was a brief period of maybe 50 years in which there were few chickens in a small set of cities, and apparently those few cities are reverting once more to the normalcy or the past 5000 or so years.

    Granted, that’s a bit Old World-centric – there were no chickens in American cities prior to 1492. So, that brief 50-year period could be considered a nostalgic revival of precolumbian norms, maybe?

  11. dofnup says:

    #11 made me laugh WAY more than it should have XD

    And as I have said before … I love chicken posts!! ^_^

  12. skinnedmink says:

    At #6 “we are the masters of our own destruction..”

    This is especially true if we all depend on CAFOs and the industrial food system to provide for us.

  13. Clayton says:

    When I lived in Bed-Stuy, my bedroom window overlooked a yard full of hundreds of chickens, roosters and at least half a dozen species of unidentifiable fowl. I heard fights once or twice a day. Good times!

  14. sej says:

    There is a great website called BackYardChickens for those who are interested in knowing more about raising more of their own urban/suburban chickens.


    (It helped me get my start this year … photos at my website if you want to see.)

  15. dofnup says:

    I meant Matt Staggs’ post, dangnabbit!

  16. dofnup says:

    Oh, and you could also, technically, eat your dogs’ and cats’ flesh, too. I just choose not to. If I had chickens, I would choose not to eat them, either. I’d love them as much as any of my pets, and give them shelter, medical attention when needed, and oh, yeah, I’d also feed them!

    Just like I’m feeding this troll. See? I just can’t help being kind and nurturing ;D

  17. Big Ed Dunkel says:

    You can pick up a really good Chicken a la Don King on Castle Hill Avenue.

  18. MattF says:

    Any stories about urban poultry have to include the saga of Grimes’ Chicken:


  19. itsthomas says:

    Agree that BackyardChickens.com is a great resource for how to raise your own small flock chickens.

    Unfortunately, many cities and towns still outlaw chickens within their city limits.

    If you’re trying to figure out how to get the laws changed in your town to allow for urban chickens to begin with, check out http://urbanchickens.net

  20. Anonymous says:

    My concern: how to keep them quiet? There were a couple of roosters in the lot behind my apt in Washington Heights (Manhattan) and they’d start cock-a-doodle-dooing whenever anyone in any of the surrounding apartments would turn on a light after dark. There’s a reason farmers wake up to their roosters: it’s pretty hard to ignore!

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