The last time I was visiting Portland, Oregon the Willamette Weekly’s cover had a picture of some incredibly cute goats with a caption that read “Goats are the New Backyard Chicken”. Well Portland is really ahead of most US cities, and even there you’ll find a novice homesteader or two. I just came across this great resource for keeping urban backyard chickens called The City Chicken.
Katy has great pictures to get you inspired like the ones here, and also monthly chicken care updates, breed selection tools, how to make compost tea from the chicken manure, information on chicken documentaries and an ever helpful reference to varying cities laws and regulations regarding chicken raising. You could, and should, spend a lot of time at this site. If you’re on the fence the information here will help you feel like you can really do this. Good luck! Don’t forget about city raccoons!