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Backyard chickens growing in popularity | Preston Citizen

Backyard chickens growing in popularity

October 19, 2013
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By RODNEY D. BOAM 

Citizen editor

Kevin and Chris Perry of Clifton went to one of the local farm stores last spring and purchased some 12 pullets to add to the eight hens they already had. Kevin, a postman by profession, purposely picked pullets, they didn’t want roosters.

Hens tend to be quiet; when you add roosters, you add noise.

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“There are a lot of people who have chickens,” Chris said. “You can order all pullets and have them shipped to you.”

Of the 12 they bought, they expected to have a few casualties through the summer. They did, but they prospered.

“They are kind of a disposable thing, with dogs, coyotes and the road. A few are likely not to make it.”

The chickens go to roost at night and the Perry’s close up the coop so they will be safe from predators.

The chicks survived and became hens; then started to lay eggs.

Chris Perry, of Clifton, collects eggs in the family’s chicken coop last week. Backyard chicken farms are catching the attention of the federal government. The Department of Agriculture had an app developed for helping keep birds disease free.

Chris Perry, of Clifton, collects eggs in the family’s chicken coop last week. Backyard chicken farms are catching the attention of the federal government. The Department of Agriculture had an app developed for helping keep birds disease free.

“We started to have more eggs than we could use,” Chris said. “We get anywhere from seven to 12 eggs a day,” Chris said. “We use a lot of eggs but can’t use that many.”

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