Growing numbers of city dwellers keeping chickens may be spreading disease and harming birds.

This article titled “Are urban chicken-keepers doing more harm than good?” was written by Susanna Rustin, for The Guardian on Friday 23rd November 2012 19.26 UTC

Billy, seven, brings me a book. “Have you seen this?” It is a well-worn copy of Keeping Chickens, with colour photos and illustrations on every page, several of them featuring attractive children shot against beautiful blue skies. On the table in the open-plan living space of his north London family home, the book falls open on a chapter headed “What to consider”.

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