Lap chickens: Poultry roost in animal owners' homes and hearts

05/2/2013 | National Public Radio

Increasingly, people are keeping chickens not only in backyard coops, but also in the house, and they're doing so for companionship in some cases rather than agricultural purposes. Businesses have cropped up to supply these pampered birds with diapers, saddles (protective garments for hens during mating), gourmet treats and more. Although just 0.8% of Denver, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City homes had the birds in 2010, 4% have plans to obtain feathered friends, and Backyard Poultry magazine has a wide readership.

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