Backyard Chickens in Detroit, Considerations for Bard


This post is covering the article “Detroit is Designing a City With Space for Everyone, Including Goats”, with particular attention to backyard chicken keeping, covered in the article. My final project will be an argument for introducing chickens onto the Bard campus, potentially near the farm. The article is helpful for thinking about the cultural and logistical aspects to introducing and keeping chickens into a populated urban area, which is a context whose conditions are very relatable to Bard campus’. Therefore the considerations for having chickens at Bard are not far from those of Detroit’s city government as cited in the article..

In terms of noise, roosters are a concern. In Detroit, roosters are not allowed. Smart. Bard should not have Roosters (unless someone wants to present a compelling argument).

Additional insights involve urban chickens’ predators . Chickens are notoriously vulnerable to predators, and it turns out, even in cities. The article explains how aerial attacks are a particular threat that is not always first noted and how chicken tractors address these concerns:

“If foxes are a constant threat to chickens in the countryside, urban areas offer a host of other predators: raccoons, dogs, possums and hawks. The importance of keeping hens safe from aerial attack is something a new chicken keeper might not glean from blogs or YouTube. It’s why Mikulski built her chicken tractor — to protect the chickens from swooping hawks during the day. (A fully enclosed coop protects them at night, while keeping out rats.)”

Overall if done right, it seems that keeping chickens is possible. It requires experienced people. I believe this could be a rewarding direction for Bard to go into, and this article helps to shed some light on how it could be done, and the concerns that surround it.


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