From Backyards to Factory Farms: The Evolution of Poultry Farming in America

Backyard Chickens Gain Popularity Once Again

From Backyards to Factory Farms: The Evolution of Poultry Farming in America
Add to Favorites “The evolution of the chicken industry over the past century has simply been an extraordinary demonstration of the power of science to transform our daily lives,” says Emelyn Rude, a food writer. Large-scale and backyard poultry farming seem to oscillate every couple of generations. Over the years, everyone from the Italian mob, P.T. Barnum, Uncle Sam, and Home Owner’s Associations (HOA) have had something to say about chickens. Rude adds that “Regardless of how you personally view the industrialization of the chicken industry, there is no denying that the humble chicken today is the most technologically advanced thing that we eat.” Backyard Chickens It all started in the backyard … and in the basements of apartments and anywhere else you could keep a flock. Chicken keeping was tremendously popular in the 1800s as there were no such things as specialized chicken farms. Rude says that most people

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