In New Film, Urban Chickens Come Home to Roost

In New Film, Urban Chickens Come Home to Roost
Arts & Culture
Scott Lachut, PSFK Labs
  • 12 august 2009

Image Credit: Getty Images, vAns/Flickr

There’s been plenty written on the subject of converting urban space into farmland, from rooftops and abandoned lots to the empty beds of pickup trucks, but this idea always revolves around growing various varieties of vegetables and rarely strays into the realms of animal husbandry. Sure there’s the recent emergence of secret communities of city beekeepers and the age old tradition of rooftop pigeon coops, but now it appears even the humble chicken is getting its due.

A new documentary called ” Mad City Chickens” takes an informative (and often whimsical) look into the increasingly common practice of backyard chicken raising, telling the stories of the very human personalities behind the poultry.

And while we’re not convinced that this custom will become the next big trend in local food, given the rather modest amount of space required and the potential benefits to be gained, it certainly seems well-suited to the urban environment. And with its popular website and print publication, you’ll never be lacking for support.

A trailer for the film follows below:


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