Backyard chickens continue to gain popularity
One of Anoka-Hennepin Community Education’s most popular classes this season was a new one: Backyard Chickens for Beginners.
Led by Tom Tidrick, who owns Anoka-Ramsey Farm & Garden, the class ran twice this spring and will be offered again in the fall. Tidrick will also lead a class for the city of Coon Rapids following the council’s adoption of two ordinances that will allow residents to keep and raise as many as four chickens after obtaining a one-time permit starting next week.
Backyard chickens are a relatively new phenomenon in Blaine, too. The City Council gave residents the OK to raise up to six chickens in August 2015. The cities of Anoka and Ramsey have allowed chickens for some time, while Andover only allows select residential properties to raise chickens; they are not allowed on the city’s smallest lots.
Tidrick traces the rise of backyard chickens all the way back to 2000.
“I thought maybe it was a fad, but I don’t think it is,” he said.