I am a huge eat local advocate. In fact, I am running an Eat Local Campaign in Frederick: www.eatlocalfrederick.com. As a component to this, I'd like to raise a few hens in my urban backyard for a number of reasons.
1.) It doesn't get any fresher than this.
2.) Diversifying the poultry population, in my opinion, reduces the risk of the possible spread of avian flu.
3.) Keeping chicken populations diversified ensures that chicken waste returns to the earth (via my garden) as nature designed and keep the Bay free of excess farm waste
4.) reducing carbon emissions from traveling to get eggs
5.) chickens are fun and cute!