Hipsters Can't Cope with Coops, so Chickens Are Being Abandoned

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Ah, the backyard farm. The image is becoming increasingly common as urban farming methods are popularized, turnkey chicken coops are marketed and many romance eggs pulled from nests while they're still warm.

The problem is, chickens don't raise eggs forever, and there is a lot more to farming than prancing out to your back yard in a pretty hat with an egg basket before breakfast. NBC ran an interesting story yesterday addressing the issue and publishing the greatest headline I've seen in some time: Backyard chickens dumped at shelters when hipsters can't cope, critics say.

The word hipster is used throughout the article to describe these farmers, but a quote from Rob Ludlow, who runs a website for chicken-raising enthusiasts sums up the problem quite nicely. "Hundreds of thousands of people are realizing the wonderful benefits of raising a small flock of backyard chickens, the pets that make you breakfast," he said.

Who said anything about pets?

Chickens raised for food are farm animals, not companions. And dropping them off at an animal shelter when they're no longer productive highlights that these new urban farmers are missing the point completely. There's only one place a nonproductive hen belongs -- in a stew pot. Buck up hipster farmers. Working the land isn't always pretty.


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kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

A hipster abandoned work.......no way!  Must have been a craft beer festival, or a food truck convention going on. Maybe a beard festival,a fedora festival, on old jacket festival, a Bob Dylan lookalike festival?  Maybe said hispter had to get two jobs to afford that place downtown?

barnes.ann
barnes.ann

Lake Highlands hipster here.  I purchased 5 young hens and one turned into a rooster.  I had to bribe a prepper friend to take him to practice his survival skills on by killing, plucking and eating the bird.  He said the rooster was tough.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

Hipster here -- and I don't even live in Oak Cliff. I keep chickens in my backyard and stand before you today to tell you that chickens can be pets that lay breakfast and then can be donated to area poultry farmers for processing once they are no longer productive. You don't even have to do the dirty work.

captfantastic
captfantastic

As I can testify from my teenaged farm years:  Chickens - the world's most vile animal.  Will eat ANYTHING, and I mean anything, that doesn't eat them first.  Including each other.

Obummer
Obummer

Yo ah didn't even git uh chickn wing.

Rudy Cruz
Rudy Cruz

That explains the flock of chickens I saw shaking down a Siamese cat.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Whatsa' matter Col. Sanders?

You chicken?

Jessica Lonsberry
Jessica Lonsberry

Are they against eating the chickens? If so then why eat eggs?

Brian Chestnut
Brian Chestnut

Put the chicken on the grill after they become non-productive. "Waste not, want not." It's not rocket science.

Misty Parker
Misty Parker

I'd like to meet Britton Clouse. She sounds like a hoot.

Natalie Marshall
Natalie Marshall

Todd Marshall you will appreciate this, especially the last line.

Doug Robinson
Doug Robinson

I heard this on the Ticket this morning. Just eat the damn birds when they stop laying eggs for the love of god.

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

Responsibility creeping up on them again.

Susan Lee Pollard
Susan Lee Pollard

Apparently there are some trendy chicken "havers" instead of urban chicken "keepers". This a phenomenon may be unavoidable as people flock to join the urban ag movement across America.. Bee "havers" are more problematic than chicken "havers" for sure...the stories that we could tell. We have remained firm in recommending people first join a bee club, take classes, and find a mentor before bee"keeping" in the city. People out in the country aren't prone to this particular sillyness.

doublecheese
doublecheese

Has there ever been a more fake group of people than these so-called hipsters?  

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Idiots - Chickens are nasty until they're properly fried up in a castiron skillet.   

Grandma had backyard chickens (it was a large yard with the chickens well away from the house); they sure as hell are not pets, they were food.  Ever cleaned a coop, double nasty.  Ever killed and cleaned a chicken, double extra nasty.  

rbeezlee
rbeezlee

What?!?!?!?  Hipsters, SWPL types, and all the rest abandoned something that at first blush "felt" good, but in actuality took persistent work; something that was a long term commitment???  NO WAY!  No. "Way."  Same thing will happen to the bike trails, lanes, trolleys, "Smart Blocks," and all the rest.  It's all fun until the sustained reality of the thing comes home to, ahem, roost.  Screw it, you will always have bacon. But bacon "sourced" and "harvested" from "properly raised" pigs, of course. Yeah, feeling chuffed already. Totally anti-tosser. Now where's my fixed gear bike?  I hear there's a beer tasting in the O.C., and I want to get there before the queue gets too long...

The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley
The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley

I am shocked that people, in their eagerness to jump on an up and coming bandwagon, failed to think it through.  

notallofeastdallasislakewood
notallofeastdallasislakewood

any updates on your survey of farmer's market eggs?  good earth organic farm seems to have the most consistently fresh eggs we've found so far.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Who gives a cluck...donate it to the food bank for dinner.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@barnes.ann Which is exactly what makes the liquid in couq a vin so special, the rooster- you can't get that flavor from a hen. Maybe your survivalist friends needs a Julia Child primer...

arynix
arynix

@CogitoErgoSum um, you don't donate pets to slaughter- hence, the point about them not being pets

gregmarcydagama
gregmarcydagama

@doublecheese yes, the 'journalists' who write tripe like this full of smug moral and cultural superiority; and, people like you who call these fellow human beings 'fakes'. Does it make you feel better to call industrious people 'fakes'?

MikeD
MikeD

@rbeezlee Same thing would happen with the idiot that wanted to tear down the 75 to I45 connector.

RcfromOC
RcfromOC

@fixienodickie How so? The article says that NBC ran the story. I live in Oak Cliff and have never seen a chicken coop or heard of one.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@notallofeastdallasislakewood I've been so hooked on Juha Ranch I haven't had a chance. And then my Dr. had to be an asshole and say something about cholesterol. I said "FINE NO EGGS!" And then decided to review a barbecue restaurant.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@arynix @CogitoErgoSumUm, these pets will be donated for slaughter. All mouths around these here parts must earn their keep, or off to the abattoir they go. So there.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@gregmarcydagama @doublecheese The only ones with a smug moral and cultural superiority are those who actually think that this kind of thing is industrious (despite abandoning it when it gets boring), and don't see the irony in their own irony.  

MikeD
MikeD

@RcfromOC @fixienodickie Because OC is idiot hipster central now.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

If their adoption fees were only cheaper cause I can get one at WF about $8.

arynix
arynix

@CogitoErgoSum @arynix that makes no sense because pets, by definition, are family, and aren't expected to "earn their keep." So farm animals that are slaughtered for food aren't pets. Did you know that service dogs, as well as horses used on ranches, aren't pets either? It's precisely because they're working animals and they do "earn their keep"- but I'd guess very few service-animal owners would agree to put their animals down just because they no longer "earn their keep."

Jaibird13
Jaibird13

@CornyDoggy @doublecheese 
It's a significantly greater commitment than a backyard garden. You can't just lay sod down when you get tired of it, and pretend it never happened. Someone has to take responsibility for these animals. Regardless of WHY they do it, there is nothing wrong with urban ag, as long as it is done responsibly. There is also nothing wrong with calling out many hipsters that DON'T do it responsibly. 

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@doublecheese

I don't think people do it because it's "industrious" as greg states.  I think they do it for fresh eggs with known origins, and maybe as a hobby to an extent.  It is no different than having a backyard garden.

fixienodickie
fixienodickie

@RcfromOC @MikeD  I live in North Oak Cliff and this is something I can see happening there if it already hasn't. Scott Griggs, his wife, and some others I know of have them and really know what they are doing. 

However, I've heard too many OC people talk of getting them that seem as if they just want to hop on a trend.

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