it seems all the urban folks are raising backyard chickens these days. and why not? you have a low-maintenance, pseudo pet that produces eggs every day. and, you get to build a cool chicken coop in your backyard.
my friends greg and lorraine have a beautiful coop and three two lovely chickens, penelope and lulu. (regina died recently in a tragic accident. r.i.p. regina) the chickens have been surprisingly entertaining. we used to go over at sundown and watch their predictable bedtime routine. the coop was built with leftover materials from their house and fits into their backyard nicely.