Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Better Arguments in Ten Years?

"If you won't tell us, the bet is off, that is all. But I'm always ready to back my opinion on a matter of fowls, and I have a fiver on it that the bird I ate is country bred." [Sherlock Holmes]

"Well then, you've lost your fiver, for it's town bred," snapped the salesman.

Sherlock Holmes gathering clues in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"

In ten years, will urban poultry growing be so common that we'll be arguing whether country birds or city birds are better? Will medical appointments be so difficult and antibiotics so ineffective that we'll argue whether a sick friend should take vitamin D, coconut oil or phage for her bad cold? Will be be eating more pigweed and lamb's quarters? Giving funny looks to low-fat fossils?

Doctors aren't mean, most of the just haven't caught on. May the population get so well that they'll have time to raise some birds!


horfilmania said...

When I visited the old country, almost everyone in the city had chickens in their back yards, with no fences. The chickens kept track of who they belonged to by coming home to roost every night. Same with white geese in the villages. Literally hundreds of geese socialized in one big group during the day and then all separated to their homes every night. It was an awesome sight.

Lori Miller said...

The city gardens must be well-fertilized.

Lowcarb team member said...

Interesting point. Will we be 'arguing whether country birds or city birds are better'. Do you think with chicken keeping getting more popular not only will city gardens be well fertilized they may be noisier too?

Having said that you can't beat a freshly laid egg

All the best Jan

Lori Miller said...

I haven't spent a lot of time around chickens, but based on what little experience I have, they don't make much noise compared to the traffic, barking dogs, screaming kids and blaring radios where I live. In my immediate area, there's no room for hundreds of birds to roam freely, but Denver varies quite a bit almost from one block to the next. I can think of places by the tracks, the river and some streams where it could happen if enough people kept enough birds.

Julie D said...

Let's hope it comes to that :) I can't wait until low fat diets are in the trash for good, and everyone owns chickens (it'll be a while before it happens for me; they're not legal to own in my city).

Really nice blog, by the way!

Lori Miller said...

Thanks, Julie.

tess said...

here, neighborhood chickens are limited to four hens per family (no roosters allowed). apparently, someone on the next street has a flock that i was never aware of till very recently! :-) the girl two houses down just began chicken-keeping, but has lost a pair of pullets to predators already.... i need to ask her how it's going!

Lori Miller said...

In Denver, it's eight chickens and/or ducks, no roosters--but you can't slaughter them. However, I'm just outside the city limits in Englewood, where no such ordinances exist.