Trading clicks for clucks in the Silicon Valley

Trading clicks for clucks in the Silicon Valley

Backyard chicken keeping has taken off in the Bay Area as residents seek ways to disconnect from technology. Most people spend a grand or less on their birds and coops, but a wealthier subset of chicken owners have gotten really into it — in some cases sinking $20,000 or more into fancy heritage chickens and ornate homes for them.

Reporter Laura Newberry interviewed a South Bay woman who designed her own gingerbread-style coop; a so-called chicken broker; and a sociologist who says fancy flocks and the colorful eggs they produce has become a form of cultural cachet in some communities.


REPORTER: Laura Newberry
MUSIC: "Going Up the Country" by Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
PHOTO: Taken by Laura Newberry

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