Chickens! They're so cute and cuddly, and if you feed them right, they give you eggs! But then there's the dark side of the coop - roosters! They're loud and obnoxious, and if you look at them wrong, they attack you. Nevertheless, some Ajo residents have decided to keep roosters, for various reasons, one obvious one being that you can't hatch chicks without 'em. Ajo CSA is committed to providing information and promoting discussion of issues relating to urban (and rural) homesteading and sustainable living. Chickens is a significant issue in many places across the US right now. Siena Chrisman of Why Hunger writes:
"Issues about chickens often turn out to be about more than simply chickens. Discussions or disagreements about chickens frequently end up revealing larger community issues such as feelings of exclusion, questions of community ownership, strained race relations, etc. Challenging issues, to be sure, but it’s exciting to have the opportunity to actually talk through and work out things that may be under the surface and seldom discussed. In my garden, membership has dramatically expanded since the chickens arrived, and the garden leadership has done some real soul-searching and community discussion about how to be a better neighbor going forward; I have high hopes for next season."
With some Ajo residents expressing dissatisfaction with roosters in their neighborhoods and with respect to the fact that more people are becoming interested in sustainable living practices, we offer a wealth of information below that may help you sort out your views on the issue.