Chicken Coops Popping Up In Backyards Across Brooklyn

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Most people in Brooklyn get their eggs at the supermarket but some get them right from their backyard.

Rebecca Lax, who lives on Sixth Avenue in Park Slope, began raising chickens three years ago and they’ve since become a part of the family — even getting their own names.

The Lax family eats the eggs Chai, Pepper, Bonniecakes and Sophia Lor-Hen produce but never the birds themselves.

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“We would never eat a pet, they’re so wonderful,” Lax said. “They’re beautiful, beautiful birds.”

Lax is not the only Brooklynite to dabble in some old-fashioned farming.

Her neighbor, Anna Klinger, also raises chickens. Klinger, a restaurant owner, agrees that her birds would never end up on the menu.

“But you’re grilling some chicken,” 1010 WINS’ John Montone pointed out.

“I know,” Klinger responded. “But this is like my son’s pet, they follow him around, you know, I couldn’t possibly cook his pet.”

It’s a bit difficult to populate the coop nature’s way because it’s illegal to keep a rooster in New York City.

“They crow at 5 o’clock in the morning, just when the sun rises,” Lax said. “They’re very loud, so New York City won’t allow it.”

Over in Bedford-Stuyvesant, chicken enthusiast Noah Leff has three chickens of his own and has even started a company, Victory Chicken, to help others across the borough start up their own coop.

Leff hopes to establish 1,000 coops in New York City over the next four years, according to the company’s Facebook page.

Would you consider setting up a chicken coop in your backyard? Let us know below!

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  • Donny Duck

    I know a few chickens but they are usually called Politicians.

  • Jerome

    Another “Look at Us” cry out for attention from gentrified Brooklyn hipster-yuppie suburban transplants. Yawn.

    • Erin

      My next door neighbor had a coop the only thing that multiplied was the rat population. They are attracted to the feed and droppings i believe. I was so happy when “Mr. Greenjeans” moved and the coop was dismantled. Haven’t seen a rat since.

  • hackergo

    Yes we are the third world! wait till bird flu pandemic hits, 55% of USA on welfare assist…who want s o work anymore?? not me!!!!

    • harriet

      go away troll, you are not making any sense.

  • Camille of Ossining.

    Sounds like a stinky endeavor, but what a way to save on eggs and help the environment in the process. So how exactly do the hens produce eggs if not via rooster visits in Brooklyn? do they ship them off to a rooster brothel for procreation purposes?

    • Isaac Kashanian

      The roster is only necessary to fertilize the eggs….hens will lay eggs without roosters but they wont be fertile, i.e those eggs wont hatch into more chickens.

    • TJ

      Are you serious? Unfertilized eggs are layed every day by chickens. Those are the ones we eat. The fertilized ones hatch baby chickens. Have you heard of the birds and the bees?

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