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Urban Farmers Dumping Chickens at Shelters

Geo Beats
Geo Beats
6 years ago|1.2K views
According to shelters nationwide, chickens and ducks are increasingly being dropped off. For the most part, they’re coming from people who just never thought about what a big commitment raising the birds would be.

Apparently urban chicken farming is becoming another one of those things that sounded like a really good idea at the time.

According to shelters nationwide, chickens and ducks are increasingly being dropped off. For the most part, they’re coming from people who just never thought about what a big commitment raising the birds would be.

For example, many city dwelling farmers are stunned to learn that chickens live up to 10 years after they stop producing eggs.

One woman who runs a shelter in Seattle believes the nonchalance involved in getting the birds may be in part because of the impersonal techniques used in selling them.

She recalls when she went to get her first duck, the man at the store just reached into a container, pulled one out at random, threw it in a bag, and asked for 3 dollars.

A Minneapolis shelter owner blames foodies and the locavore movement, which promotes eating locally sourced products.

She said that in 2001 her shelter took in less than 50 birds and in 2012 accepted nearly 500.

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