Recently some of the most popular books at the St. Charles Public Library are about raising your own chickens. Who’d have guessed? I wonder if our neighbors are checking them out in the hope that they’ll be able to have their own chickens soon?
As someone that grew up in a fairly rural community, the recent trend to be excited about urban chickens surprises me a little. That might be because I still hold a grudge against Grandma’s mean chickens who pecked at me. On the other hand, I know what “real” fresh eggs taste like, how factory farm chickens are raised, and the value of knowing exactly where your food comes from. So, I guess it’s not so surprising after all.
If you’re thinking of becoming the proud and plucky owner of a few hens, we certainly have the books to help you get started.
If you don’t want to raise chickens, but find them amusing, possibly sentient, or simply delicious, you might enjoy these titles: