Urban farming, urban gardens, and… urban chickens??
As more and more people choose to live in the city, we’ve seen the emergence of some pretty creative ways to live organically without moving out to the suburbs. Urban farming has been a rising trend for some time now, but what a lot of people don’t know is that raising animals traditionally thought of as “farm animals” can be a great option, even for those living close to or within an urban environment.
In 2014, the City of Richmond amended its ordinance to allow up to 4 chickens per household for a $60 annual permit, with a strict “no rooster” rule. The most recent estimate in 2015 indicates that about 45 permits had been issued in the city, which suggests that this whole “urban chicken” thing isn’t quite as unique as you may have thought!
But, while there are definitely perks to owning chickens (who doesn’t love a good fresh egg??), there are some drawbacks and challenges that come with the undertaking as well. Wendy Martin has lived in the city of Richmond for about 27 years. Currently residing in the Fan District with her husband Todd and 3 children, they’ve been raising chickens for about 3 years now, so they know a thing or two about what it takes.
Listen to our conversation below. (And be sure to visit Wendy’s Pinterest page, here.) We promise, you won’t be disappointed!