Cluck! Cluck! That earthy noise you hear is the sound of country living making its way to the city.
Keeping a few chickens in the back yard is a trend that's hatching, and Anita Courtney is part of the movement. Though she's never been a "big animal lover," Courtney says she's always found chickens charming. She built a coop and bought five chickens last fall. And she wasn't discouraged when a few nights later a raccoon worked the lock free on the chicken coop and dined on two of her lovelies.
"Now I have five locks on the chicken house," she said.
One morning this week, three fat red hens strutted around her yard, eating bugs and worms from the garden. The trio also lay eggs and add a bucolic touch to Courtney's Bell Court back yard.
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At least two other families in Bell Court have chickens. Courtney, a public health nutritionist and a yoga and meditation teacher, said her aim is "a chicken in every yard."
Courtney is one of the organizers of the chicken coop tour Sunday. After the tour, chicken fans are invited to Good Foods Market & Café for a panel discussion about chickens.