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Four hens (two white leghorns named Florence and Siena, and two black sexlinks named Shaniqua and Shaneyney).
My free time is spent working as leader of the grassroots organization, Chickens In The Yard (C.I.T.Y.), where I continue to promote backyard chickens and fight for the right of city residents here, and across the country, to produce their own food.
by Barbara Palermo — Photographed by Junial Enterprises As the current economy increasingly troubles us, we consider the environment, food safety, animal welfare and emergency preparedness, and strive to become more self-reliant. We are now gardening, canning food and raising chickens for eggs – relaxing activities that provide a sense of security in our urban […]Read more »
by Barbara Palermo Like many cities across the country, Salem recently adopted a chicken-keeping ordinance. However, unlike other cities, it took two years to convince city officials that a few backyard hens would not be the downfall of Oregon’s capital city. Our simple request for three pet hens stirred up such controversy it made the […]Read more »
by Barbara Palermo I love dogs. I also love chickens. One of my dogs (a golden retriever), pays no attention to the hens – except for having an insatiable appetite for the pooh they leave behind. I am certain, however, that my other dog (a Blue Heeler/border collie mix) would chase down and destroy my […]Read more »
Elected officials sometimes resort to clever tactics to dodge the dreaded chicken issue. Many cities across the country already have chicken-keeping ordinances. Where they don’t, citizens are often lobbying for one – but some cities are more reluctant than others. Here in Oregon’s capital we have been fighting for the right to have three hens […]Read more »
by Barbara PalermoChickens: Are they pets or livestock? This is a question that municipalities struggle with and is often a major obstacle to legalizing backyard chickens. Throughout our long battle here in Salem, Ore., to join the Urban Chicken Movement, vigorous debates ensued more than once over the definition of livestock. Our city code, like […]Read more »
by Barbara Palermo A few weeks ago was Mother’s Day, which of course had me thinking about my mom. She was born in 1921 to Italian immigrants who arrived on Ellis Island and settled in Massachusetts. Raised during the Great Depression, my mom had a childhood that was less than pleasant. My grandparents were very […]Read more »