Sunday, July 20, 2008

Big Chicken

The folks in Maryland all know about the enormous chicken feedlots on the Eastern Shore, which are henceforth now known as "Big Chicken." This Baltimore Sun reporter asks what to do about all the pollution from Big Chicken. I say, diversify and disperse! Let people have their own chickens and work hard to promote small free-range chicken farms. Down with Big Chicken and up with the Urban Chicken Underground!

Maryland Moves Forward

This just in from Baltimore...

Baltimore Laws -
You can keep up to four chickens in Baltimore, but a permit is required and the pen must be at least 25' from residences. The regulations are available here. Baltimore's city web page.
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I don't understand why no such laws exist for dogs or parrots...

Chicken Solution

We live a pretty crunchy lifestyle and try to do things are are considered good stewardship of the earth. Two of our favorite things involve composting and rainwater collection. We have the neighborhood's largest compost heap and TWO rain barrels. *hippy alert* *hippy alert*
Problem: bugs. The compost and all that water are attracting all manner of insects.Solution? We've already put mosquito dunks in the rain barrels. Today, I buy synthetic urine kit here.We could move the compost farther from the house. The crunchy solution would be to get some chickens to eat the bugs. Any other ideas?