Uncle Sam Wants You to Raise Chickens

| 11/18/2011 3:37:51 PM

Tags: backyard poultry, backyard chickens, poultry, chickens, backyard flock, eggs, Robin Mather,

… Or he did, back in 1918, as this poster illustrates.

WW I Chicken PosterFunny how things change, isn’t it? These days, people have to fight and petition and beg and plead in many municipalities to get their government to let them keep a few backyard hens. And even when city leaders permit it, they lay out complicated rules about how many, where and how the birds must be housed. And please! No roosters!

 As the poster so rightly points out, two hens per person will keep a family in eggs. The flock will take minimal effort, cost little and provide plenty of enjoyment, because chickens are fun to watch.

City life, with its sirens, alarms, cars with stereos blaring heart-stopping bass throbbing, could do with a little of the natural beauty of a rooster’s sunrise crowing. Suburbs could also benefit.

But a few hens don’t make much noise anyway. So I can’t understand the objections.

If this was sound advice from our national government in 1918, it’s surely good advice today.

Amber Anderson
12/7/2011 3:17:27 PM

right click it and save as picture. :)

Amber Anderson
12/7/2011 3:16:56 PM

I love the poster too! You can right click it and save as a picture! :)

RC Smith
11/22/2011 6:05:57 PM

I love it! Seems our government has taken on a different role than it had back in 1918. We are considering chickens for the first time. Seems to really make more and more sense to grow as much of our own food locally as is possible.

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