May 7, 2014 — A small but growing number of people are discovering the joys of raising ducks. They say the nutritional and agricultural benefits of producing eggs outweigh the cost of feeding the birds.
Jan 23, 2014 — The intelligence of chickens is increasingly recognized as formidable. Commentator Barbara J. King takes this lesson to heart after repeatedly watching a 30-second video starring two savvy hens and then talking to a chicken expert about the clip.
Jul 25, 2013 — The FDA's new proposal aims to reduce the risk that chickens will pick up salmonella from wildlife and lay contaminated eggs. But some farmers worry that the guidance could make it much harder for them to let their birds range freely on pastures.
Jul 11, 2013 — Unwanted chicks are filling up some city shelters around the country, and some activists are blaming fair-weather hipster farmers. But a closer look reveals another root cause: When urban farmers order hens, they often end up instead with roosters — illegal in many cities.
May 21, 2013 — Hipsters may just be discovering the joys of backyard chickens, but in African megacities, people have been bringing their animals into the slums with them for decades. That's creating a new ecosystem of animals and huge numbers of people living closely together like never before.
May 1, 2013 — As urban chicken farms grow in popularity, many people are bringing the birds into their homes. They need the right equipment to keep them clean. So several businesses have popped up online, offering everything from custom-sized diapers and leash-ready saddles to chicken caviar.
Mar 24, 2013 — Backyard chickens have become a hot trend, loved as a source of healthy local food and fluffy wonderfulness. But backyard birds have also sparked outbreaks of salmonella, the CDC warns.