The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again) of America’s Urban Chickens

Chickens might seem like quintessential rural characters, but their story is firmly rooted in American cities.

Lecture Description

In the 1990s, city dwellers across the land began to turn their backyards into urban hen yards. The desire for local clean food supplies was often the motivator, and practice and practitioners were both celebrated and derided in popular media. But the reality behind the trendiness is that chickens have a long and complicated history in American cities. This lectures follows how cities were crucial to the development of modern chicken breeds in the early nineteenth century, and then how changing ideas of disease transmission at the turn of the century led to chickens’ banishment. 


Agricultural Urban and Suburban

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