Animal Shelter Overwhelmed As Many Try Offloading Adopted Chickens

CBS Sacramento

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GRASS VALLEY (CBS13) – The popularity of backyard chickens is becoming a real problem, and people are finding out that the work for those eggs isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

It’s already a full house at Grass Valley’s Animal Place, and frantic people are calling everyday — desperate for help with a chicken they’ve adopted.

Animal Place Educational Director Marji Beach suddenly has more beaks in her care than she can handle.

“People are suddenly interested in having backyard chickens for egg production,” she said.

A surge in new neighborhood ordinances allowing chicken coops in backwards is beginning to backfire. Sacramento allowed backyard hen keeping inside city limits for the first time in 2011.

Beach says people often order them online and they arrive in the mail, but sometimes the chickens don’t lay eggs.

“They end up most of the time with roosters,”…

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