Monday, March 1, 2010
Chickens in Every Yard!
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The city councils that are balking at making chickens legal are on the wrong end of the discussion. In Belgium, one town is offering free chickens to local residents, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8539877.stm.
The goal is to reduce waste. Chickens are great consumers of green waste of all kinds, kitchen clippings, weeds and of course any tasty insect pests that tag along. Chickens and other poultry play an important role in a sustainable garden or farm.
The town has provided free chickens before, and found it a successful project. They have a few conditions: residents have to agree not to eat the chickens for at least two years. By that time, these happy pairs will have increased their numbers while making their way into the hearts of their new owners.
Thanks, Mouscron, Belgium, for leading the way!