Chickens have it rough. There's no shortage of chicken-themed insults: "chicken out," "no spring chicken," "running around like a chicken with your head cut off." Not only have chickens been turned into the KFC Double Down and forced to take the bottom bunk in the Turducken, but to add insult to injury, they can't even cross a street without their motives being called into question.
For the new year, we suggest you take it easy on the little cluckers and adopt a chicken amnesty policy. One way to do that is by learning how to raise these feathered friends in your own back yard--a trend that has piggybacked on the local-foods movement and swept the country. Boise Urban Garden School is offering a one-time intro workshop on Backyard Chickens on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at 5323 Hill Road.
The class will be taught at the home of sustainable- and local-foods supporter Susan Medlin and will explore "handling big birds, chicken psychology, chickens and other pets, eggs, pest control, poop, health and hygiene, food and water, weather, predator protection, coops/tractors/coop-design/fencing/landscaping [and] bio-security."