National Geographic mentions the 13 urban chickens at the Taqwa Community Farm in the Bronx, watched over by senior gardener Abu Talib, and the greater national trend:
City dwellers across the U.S. are adding hens to their yards and gardens, garnering fresh eggs, fertilizer, and community ties, with localities debating and updating their ordinances accordingly.
Urban chickens fell out of favor in the last century because of industrialization and other factors. In the 1990s, though, they enjoyed a renaissance in the local-food-loving Pacific Northwest.
Yesterday, we noted the resurgence of gardening given the economy, and urban chicken coops seem like the next step. For more information on raising chickens, check out urbanchickens.net, which also has a Twitter account (@urbanchickens) and Facebook page.