Austin Encourages Residents to Raise Backyard Chickens

While some urban communities are against raising backyard chickens, the City of Austin in Texas, USA is encouraging its residents to raise their own chickens by offering free chicken keeping classes.

Residents can attend one of five chicken keeping classes, buy a chicken coop, submit a rebate application online and receive a $75 check from the city as part of Austin Resource Recovery’s Home Composting Rebate Program.

All classes are already full and the city is planning to offer more.

The program is a way for Austin residents to help reach the city’s goal of having zero waste by keeping food waste out of the landfill.

“Chickens recycle your food scraps while giving you fresh eggs and creating healthy soil,” the city said in a statement.

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