Magazine article E Magazine

Defending the Coops

Magazine article E Magazine

Defending the Coops

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The benefits of raising backyard chickens include truly flesh eggs (which have a rich red-orange yolk and more flavor) and the delights of raising a flock. But in many North American cities, assembling a chicken coop and keeping a flock of hens is now illegal.

When Emily Katt of Johnson City, Tennessee, was forced to sell her chickens and the coop that her husband built, she took action.

"I wanted to educate my children and reconnect myself to a self-sufficient lifestyle," Katt told the Johnson City, Press in August 2011. "Kids should be able to be outside and get their hands in the dirt and learn where their food is coming from."

Katt teamed up with fellow chicken owner Sam Jones to form Johnson City, C.O.O.P. (Chickens On Our Property). On their website, jccoop.org, the pair attest that hens are quieter than dogs or parrots and, when well-cared for, do not smell. They also point to the environmental benefits, like fuel conservation and using composted droppings as garden fertilizer. …

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