Many more city families are keeping chickens as pets. Families are keeping chickens because they produce fresh eggs, pest control and cheap protein.
California Web developer and business consultant Rob Ludlow, for one, tells people his pets make him breakfast but it's no joke with five egg-laying hens in the back yard of his Pleasant Hill home.
Chicken lovers have convinced some cities to change their rules to allow small numbers of backyard chickens. Regulations generally limit the number of chickens families are allowed to have and do not allow roosters.
Would you object to your neighbor having chickens?