Fueled by the locavore movement, chickens are popping up across San Francisco’s backyards. But the rise of chickens means more than just an early wake up call.

The Call of the Chicken from Mission Local on Vimeo.

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Courtney Quirin is a trained wildlife ecologist turned environmental journalist with a knack for photography and visual storytelling. Though her interests span many topics and disciplines, she's particularly...

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  1. One major concern about urban chickens that wasn’t mentioned in this story is the levels of lead in urban soils and how much of that lead shows up in chickens who peck around in that soil, and in their eggs:


    It sure beats the concerns about noise and smell. Since the video shows the chickens out of their coops pecking in soil with no mulch barrier, I sincerely hope these interviewees have had their soil tested.

    This why I’ll never eat eggs laid by chickens on an urban farm, unless I’m raising them myself.

    1. Interesting! Thanks for sharing that link. I’d always considered getting a chicken or two, but now, before I move forward with that plan I’ll get my soil tested.

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