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10 Backyard Chickens

Todd Parsons | Chef's Blade

When a stop sign has “Hammertime” stenciled in black spray paint underneath the “stop” you have to laugh and wonder. Now in East Oakland, I thought I had the wrong house at first. I was in a pretty dodgy part of town, but knocked at the door anyway. Around back there was a nice little garden with chickens and a rooster. Now these were urban chickens! I asked Jude the reason she lived here. She answered, “Cause nobody cares that I have Mr. Betty, my rooster.” Enough said. Here is Mavis, an Americauna, who lays blue-green eggs.

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