Following the flock: Backyard chicken coops growing in popularity

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A flock of 16 chickens pecked their way across the backyard, looking for kernels of corn that might have been missed.

Liz Eblen watched over the birds. She spends hours just watching them, noting their personalities and sense of decorum.

“The rooster will usually wait until the ladies eat, then he eats. He’s very courteous,” she said.

While chickens are nothing new to farmers across the county, this isn’t a rural farm. The Greenwood family has been raising backyard chickens just outside the city limits for the past three years.

Urban chicken farming has become a hobby for those looking to reconnect with their rural roots, even if they no longer live on the farm. With immediate access to fresh eggs, enthusiasts compare it to keeping a vegetable garden to help feed their families.

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