Wednesday, June 26, 2013

All Cooped Up by Kara Pound

Elena Smith says each of her three chickens has her own personality.Folio's Pet Lover's article might rub some furry-pet lovers the wrong way, but feathered friends are rising in popularity.

Pets Weekly made raising backyard chickens one of its 
"Top 10 Pet Trends of 2013." has a community of more than 160,000 chicken owners. Backyard Poultry magazine prints and distributes nationally an average of 75,000 copies per issue. According to Mother Earth News, pastured chickens lay eggs that contain four to six times as much vitamin D as typical supermarket varieties. The eggs have a third less cholesterol, a fourth less saturated fat, two-thirds more vitamin A, two times more omega-3 fatty acids, three times more vitamin E and seven times more beta carotene.

Lauren Trad feeds grass to a Plymouth Barred Rock named Pepper.
So what's the big deal if a Northeast Florida resident wants to build a backyard coop and raise chickens for home egg consumption?

If you live in St. Augustine, go for it. If you live in Jacksonville, it's illegal and a neighbor ratting you out can result in some pretty heavy fines until you find a new home for your flock. Read more and find out what happened to  Jacksonville resident Lauren Trad.