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DC Urban Moms Clash on Whether Chickens Are for the Poors

Who would have thought that DC Urban Moms and Dads, D.C.'s most judgmental website, would have less-than-kind words about a member's plan to raise chickens in Montgomery County? What ensued was a deathmatch between two competing parenting trends: locavorism, and not wanting anything to do with the labor classes.

After the first poster asked whether chickens would cause trouble with her neighbors, Urban Moms and Dads suggested delicately that having your own barn animals in the DMV is, how shall we say this gently, déclassé:

"Chickenshit everywhere," said one. "Screams, 'I am poor.'"

Another suggested that the aspiring chicken owner consider moving to another neighborhood, if it's really come to owning chickens:

You really miss the point. Raising chickens is an activity for the poors. It's the last step before total destitution. It says, "I cannot afford to buy eggs at the grocery store, so I'm going to try to collect my own and sell the extras." So, the appearance of chickens in any established neighborhood immediately downgrades the neighborhood quality. There is a STIGMA attached to this activity. You might as well put your beater up on cinder blocks in the front yard or something.

Now, don't get me wrong. Maybe you ARE having some difficulty with your finances. I'm sympathetic if you are. But, if that's the case, maybe you are stretching too far to buy the house and maybe you cannot afford the neighborhood? Something to think about.

Even fellow chicken owners admitted that owning chickens is, far from a sign of Omnivore's Dilemma chicness, the last stop before the alms house.

"I have both chickens and a chicken coop in my yard," said one poster. "But I am poor."

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  • DC Guy

    First world problems.

  • Typical DC BS

    Sometimes parents just want to have chickens so their kids have an appreciation for where food comes from. Or various other reasons may apply. As far as the snob who commented "Raising chickens is an activity for the poors.", maybe they ought to bring their nose down out of the sky.

    I have a $750,000 property out in California that has horses and chickens on the property. So do a lot of my neighbors. I can guarantee you none of them are "poors".

  • Mr.Remember

    DCUM is a comical read to say the least.

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  • Don

    It's a special achievement when you can be classist in a way that's predicated on a completely wrong idea. I'll eat my made-from-organic-wool hat if 1 in 1000 of the people interested in chicken raising in the DC area are interested from a truly financial standpoint.

    Sure, there may be some who have a vision of getting those organic eggs they pay $5 for at the farmer's market for a lower price. But folks who are really pinching their pennies are buying the factory farm raised eggs for $0.99 a dozen at the local grocery. And they have better, more money-making things to do with their time than jerk around with raising chickens.

  • Jay

    That site is incredible. I read it from time to time. The "my shit doesn't stink" attitude just leaps from the screen

  • seeseehpounder

    Who gives a shit if your neighbors think you are poor? They can go eat a store bought factory processed dick.

  • Jane

    Who the fuck sees a chicken in an urban setting and thinks "poor"? If you're raising chickens in a city it means you've read lots of Michael Pollan and are probably a yuppie with a Master's degree. I'd be more concerned if the chicken had adequate room to roam around; they don't do so well in small places.

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  • Pete

    First it's the urban chickens, then it's who has the first Room&Board designed coop, then it's whose chickens are being decapitated by the vintage Wustof butcher cleaver.

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  • Elizabeth

    This is pure, ignorant, nouveau riche bullshit. It wasn't so many years ago that breast feeding was considered trashy. I agree with Pete.