More People Are Raising Chickens in Charlotte
Buying eggs in the grocery store is so 20th century. A growing number of Charlotteans are starting to raise chickens right in their own back yard.
Walking down this NoDa street you'd never guess that some of the freshest eggs in town are in George Heck's backyard, "It's not hard. It's less maintenance than cats or dogs plus you get fresh eggs."
Randy Klocke, owner of Rooster Hill Farms agrees. He says more people are raising chickens to be healthier"A lot of the factory farms use antibiotics and growth hormones and chemicals to enhance egg size and production. If you're feeding your chickens you know what you're eating."
Within Charlotte City Limits if you want a henpen in your back yard you have to get a permit. For the permit you must seek approval from adjacent neighbors.
Heck says his neighbors not only approved of his henpen but now some of his neighbors they want their own, "People love fresh eggs and I think more than one person is even considering doing it any how."
The only work you have to do is make sure the chickens have food and water. One henpen will produce 3 dozen eggs a week. Klocke says it's extremely easy to keep up, "It's probably the easiest thing you've ever done. It takes about 15 minutes of work a week."
For Heck raising chickens has meant more than just eggs, "Now I know what I'm getting. I don't have any chemicals on my grass and now I'm about to start my own garden because of it."
Fresh chicken eggs can last up to 3 weeks out of the refrigerator.
Rooserter Hill Farms Click HERE
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