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Beyond cats and dogs:

Homeowners keep chickens as pets and livestock

 

Orin Pierson / Petersburg Pilot

Iris Case inspects an egg she just collected. By looking at an egg's color and size she can tell which of her five hens laid the egg.

Many are familiar with the image of a homeowner being greeted by their dog's wagging tail or their feline's purr upon arriving home, but increasingly people are being greeted by feathered friends as well.

Laying hens, and the occasional rooster, have become increasingly popular in Petersburg in recent years. They straddle the line between pets and livestock, providing fresh eggs to their owners but also entertainment, companionship and life lessons.

Despite having a tiny backyard, the Case family was inspired after a trip to Hawaii to get their first small flock of backyard chickens. The a...



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