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Though your grocery store freezer might indicate otherwise, America has a rich history of diverse chicken breeds. Those who know this and personally engage with this diversity through backyard breeding, get pretty passionate.

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2013 was a good year for recycling legislation in NYC. NYC Council approved legislation that will require large restaurants and food establishments to compost! Sound too good to be true? Well, that's pretty much the case.

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So you wanna raise chickens in your backyard? This week's episode of Animal Instinct is for you. Tune in as host Celia Kutcher chats with chicken keeper and editor of Sweets & Bitters, Hannah Kirshner about her experiences with chickens. From breeds to behavior, find out everything you need to know about keeping chickens in an urban environment. They make excellent pets and you may be surprised to find out how you can even train chickens! This program was brought to you by Brooklyn Cares Vet.

"With food motivated training and a clicker as a marker - you can train chickens pretty well." [08:00]

"Chickens are omnivores and can eat anything but mostly you want to feed them vegetables and grains." [18:00]

"The most important thing is to figure out what breeds make sense in your climate." [30:00]

"Purebred chickens like purebred dogs can sometimes have health problems if they've been selected for some decorative feature." [32:00]

--Hannah Kirshner on Animal Instinct

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