Not so long ago, the United States government actually advocated for people to keep backyard chickens – two per family member. The USDA took the lead on the push for families to own laying hens with the slogan “in times of peace, a profitable recreation, in time of war a patriotic duty”.
Posters prominently hung around communities proclaimed that:
Even the smallest back yard has room for a flock large enough to supply the house with eggs.
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