Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Martha Stewart: Godmother of backyard chicken resurgence?

An article ran recently in the digital version of the Philadelphia Inquirer that featured Martha Stewart's recommendations on raising backyard hens. Read the article here. Some may dismiss Martha Stewart and her cultural phenomena because she was convicted of lying to investigators and served time, but she came back from that incident and has prospered. And cynics may deride her efforts to teach people how to make their homes homier or more domestic, but anyone whose net worth is estimated to be over $600 million and whose empire is based primarily on conveying their taste has obviously figured something important out about Americans. Still others may be surprised to learn Martha Stewart is a big fan of backyard chickens. While Martha only recommends two or three hens, she keeps dozens herself -- so you'll have to choose between do-as-I-say or do-as-I-do.
Whether you like Martha or not, her repeated endorsements of backyard chickens have undoubtedly helped legitimize the return of backyard hens and her high end, upscale appeal has probably done a lot to erode the stigma that they are low class.

Her chicken show (screen shot from the show above).

She shows off her coops. This segment has useful information on getting started with day old chicks. 

Martha Stewart shows off her hens.  When this was shot she had 196 chickens.  

Go to her blog and do a search for chickens and you'll find even more.

And, in other news, today the SarasotaCLUCK blog will record it's 15,000th page view. 

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