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Clandestine Chickens

Location:  Upstate, NY

Day Job:  Marketing

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers

Crops:  Apples, Basil, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Chile Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Garlic, Green beans, Jalepeno Peppers, Lavender, Lemons, Lettuce, Mint, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Rosemary, Spinach, Strawberries, Thyme, Tomatoes

Animals:  Chickens

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  Jeff and I are recent newlyweds who are interested in becoming more self-sufficient and reducing our dependence on the cheap, disposable, plastic-wrapped, on sale from Wal-Mart, imported from China, available in mass quantity courtesy of cheap oil, modern American lifestyle…..Our journey towards more self reliance sparked our interest in urban homesteading, and this got us started with what is called the gateway farm animal: chickens. Unfortunately we learned that chickens are illegal in our town so we had to undertake a more unorthodox approach to getting started with chickens. This is why we have “clandestine chickens.” We have to keep our chickens in our basement and we recently started a blog to teach others how to do this. http://www.clandestinechickens.blogspot.com


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  • Posted by: Dante on January 30th, 2016 at 09:01 pm

    Congratulations for being Farmer-of-the-Day!

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on December 27th, 2013 at 04:31 pm

    I like your story and I'm interested in knowing what's happening in 2013. Looks like you're done with blogging. Do you still have the chickens in the basement? Congratulations on being farmer of the day.

  • Posted by: My Place on December 27th, 2013 at 01:18 pm


  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on December 27th, 2013 at 05:05 am

    Really cool! Voted.

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  • Posted by: Kris Mo on January 11th, 2011 at 01:18 pm

    Basement chickens! Very cool stuff - I love the blog and look forward to hearing more about your chicken-keeping adventures!

  • Posted by: citydeer on December 27th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Chickens in the basement - now that is determination. I also live in a city that doesn't allow chickens. Efforts have been made to change that but so far no luck. It always kind of amazes me that one can have them in places like Seattle but not here in Small City, Wisconsin.

  • Posted by: Urban Farm Managing Editor on November 22nd, 2010 at 06:10 am

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