One thing that makes owning chickens easier is having good neighbors because, inevitably, they're bound to get out at some point. The chickens pictured here are owned by a household of graduate students that wanted chickens. They began with 25 but are now down to 12 or so that live primarily in their front yard.
Inspired by one of the roommate's boyhood experiences of owning chickens, this household decided to raise their own. They sent away for 25 chickens in the mail which came shortly after. After raising them inside for about a month and a half, the chicks became too stinky and big to put up with much longer. Since it was still cold outside, the chickens were moved under the porch with a warming light until the weather improved.
Unfortunately, about half of the chicks ended up being roosters but luckily the household was able to trade them with a friend for more hens. The chickens now live in this pen, which will eventually be converted to a garden that will be well fertilized with chicken manure.
(Images: Trent Johnson)