Food prices drive more people to raise chickens

POSTED: Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 9:41pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:04pm

UNDATED—As food prices continue to climb, more people are raising chickens in their own backyards.

The birds are becoming popular because they are easy to keep, and cheap to take care of.

One chicken can produce around 200 eggs a year.

Garden expert James Wilhite says it's not just the eggs that make the birds a popular pet.

In Tyler, there are certain restrictions on raising the birds.

You can have no more then six chickens on your property depending on the zoning.

All of the birds have to be cooped up.

Also, the coop has to be at least 50 feet away from any property line.

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