Ever since my first visit to an urban backyard coop, I’ve been sold that backyard hens are a genius idea. From quality fresh egg supply to insect control, pet companionship to the ultimate supply of fertilization for the yard and garden, they make sense. Yet in many urban areas, bylaws restrict having poultry, full stop.
In an effort to bring some awareness to the issue, I’m producing a series of videos about folks with backyard coops in Edmonton, so that those who might want to give it a shot can get ideas and inspiration, and most of all so that those that oppose it can hear from those that have them – to perhaps balance their perspective a bit. I know I had a pile of questions about urban hens prior to checking out my first setup – all of which were quickly alleviated. River City Chickens has been advocating for a bylaw change for years here with no success, yet the City of Edmonton claims they want a progressive urban ag policy. Something there doesn’t add up.
The gentleman in this episode is not what you’d typically expect as the stereotypical chicken-keeper. Male, military, dog owner.