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AS IT IS - City Dwellers Try Raising Chickens

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Caged hen feeds at egg farm in San Diego County, CA.
Caged hen feeds at egg farm in San Diego County, CA.

More and more Americans are showing an interest in organic and locally-produced food. As the interest increases, raising chickens has been gaining popularity in some American cities. Poultry farming may not be right for everyone. But the business seems to have a bright future.

"Look, we got three eggs this time."

Collecting eggs is a daily pleasure for the Hurst family. Naomi Hurst says her family started to raise chickens in the back of their home in Maryland last October.

"I have been wanting to try having backyard chickens for a couple years now. And really just didn't have the time to build my own coop and then look out where to buy chickens. And then we stumbled upon Rent a Coop."

Rent a Coop is a chicken rental business. Tyler Phillips launched the company with a partner in May of 2012.

"It comes with the mobile coop on wheels, two egg-laying hens, feed, bedding, water fowl, feed bowl, and our 24-hour chicken hotline. You can call with any questions. "

After the four weeks have passed, individuals can extend the rental agreement, return everything or purchase the animals and supplies.

Tyler Phillips designs and makes the coops -- buildings where the birds are kept. He says he wants to do as little damage as possible to the environment.

"We always try to have as many recycled materials as possible. And I want the coops to be safe for kids, number one. And I want the chickens to be comfortable. I want them to have access to the grass while being inside the coop. And I want it to be easily movable, light weight."

Mr. Phillips says the chicken coop rental business came from his love of animals. He grew up on his parents' farm, near Washington, DC.

The Hursts hope their farm teaches their daughter to be caring and responsible.

"The eggs are yummy."

"I don't think we've ever thanks where food comes from. But whenever we pick up the eggs we always say, 'thank you, ladies.' That's really something that is hard to teach other than having an animal in your backyard that delivers food to you. So it's been a great learning opportunity for my daughter, too."

Some cities require people have to large pieces of land if they want to raise farm animals. Others require an agreement with neighbors, limit the number of chickens -- or even ban the birds. Tyler Phillips expects that will change as interest in small poultry coops grows.

"I see cities around the DC area changing laws almost monthly and a different city will change the law to being pro-chicken. That is happening all around the United States."

He believes that there will be chicken rental businesses in most American cities within five years.

I'm Jonathan Evans in Washington.

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作者:雄雄
City dwellers try Raising chickens,and raising chickens has been gaining popularity in some American cities. 美国城市居民尝试养鸡, 养鸡在美国一些城市已经越来越受欢迎。
作者:雄雄
Collecting eggs is a daily pleasure for the Hurst family. Naomi Hurst says her family started to raise chickens in the back of their home in Maryland last October. The Hursts hope their farm teaches their daughter to be caring and responsible. 收集鸡蛋是赫斯特的家人每天的快乐。娜奥米·赫斯特说, 她的家人在去年10月在马里兰州的家里开始养鸡。赫斯特夫妇希望他们的农场可以教育女儿富有关爱和负责任的心。
作者:雄雄
The Hursts said ,"The eggs are yummy." "I don't think we've ever thanks where food comes from. But whenever we pick up the eggs we always say, 'thank you, ladies.' That's really something that is hard to teach other than having an animal in your backyard that delivers food to you. So it's been a great learning opportunity for my daughter, too." 赫斯特的家人说 ,“ 鸡蛋很好吃。” “我不认为我们曾经感谢过食物来自哪里。但每当我们拿起鸡蛋时我们总是说, ‘谢谢你,女士们.' 在你家后院拥有动物提供食物给你,这真是一件非常难得的受教育的了不起的事情。所以,对我的女儿来说,这也是一个很好的学习机会。”
作者:雄雄
Read the Hearst family said this passage, I am very touched, think that's very kind of them . At the same time, made me deeply in the memory of childhood, the mood becomes heavy . 读着赫斯特家人说的这段话,我很受感动,觉得他们真友善。同时,使我深深地陷入童年的记忆之中,心情变得沉重。
作者:雄雄
In my little childhood years , I used to live in Yang mama's home. Her home was located in a farm courtyard in Hechuan, Sichuan. There were four families lived in the farm courtyard. Every family had household chicken. The chicken mixed together during the day, freely picked about something to eat everywhere : In front of the farmhouse and the back, small bamboo forests and fields; After dark, the chicken would go back to themselves owner' home.
作者:雄雄
在我幼年时, 我住在杨妈妈的家里。她的家位于四川合川一个农家庭院。这个农家庭院里有四户人家,每户人家都有家养鸡。 白天,各家的鸡混杂在一起, 自由地在庭前院后、小竹林里、田间地头到处找东西吃, 天黑以后, 鸡们会各自回到它们主人的家。
作者:雄雄
上面那一段英文里的 chicken 应全部改为 chickens,重新发表一次。 In my little childhood years , I used to live in Yang mama's home. Her home was located in a farm courtyard in Hechuan, Sichuan. There were four families lived in the farm courtyard. Every family had household chickens. The chickens mixed together during the day, freely picked about something to eat everywhere : In front of the farmhouse and the back, small bamboo forests and fields; After dark, the chickens would go back to themselves owner' home.
作者:雄雄
I know that when I was small, the hen laid eggs after a period of time in a row, egg production reduced gradually, until couldn't lay eggs started to hatch act, that totally different from usually lay eggs during the gentle and quiet, it attacked, ruffled feathers with open wings, giggling like angry cackle and rampaged in chickens. 我很小的时候就知道, 母鸡连续下蛋一段时间后, 鸡蛋产量逐渐减少, 直到不能下蛋开始出现赖抱窝行为, 这完全不同于通常在产蛋期间的温柔和平静,它攻击, 竖起羽毛, 张开翅膀, 愤怒似的咯咯咯咯叫着, 在鸡群里横冲直撞。
作者:雄雄
The hen didn't eat not to drink, it was stubborn and dug a hole with its claws in the earth, and like mad with intense body rubbed in the hole , as if to find out her eggs, to put the eggs to hatch her brood ...... 赖抱鸡不吃不喝, 性情顽强, 用爪子扒地, 猛力在地上抓掘出一个坑来, 并发疯似地趴在坑里用全身激烈地擦动, 好像找出她的鸡蛋,要把鸡蛋孵出小鸡......
作者:雄雄
Angry master of the hen, seized its two wings, slapped its head, beat and scold: "Damn hen, damn hen, Don't mad! Don't mad! Not allowed to hatch! Not allowed to hatch! How dare you to hatch! How dare you to hatch! 愤怒的鸡的主人, 抓紧赖抱鸡的两个翅膀,用巴掌拍打赖抱鸡的头部,边打边骂:“ 该死抱鸡婆,该死抱鸡婆,不许发癫! 不许发癫! 不准你赖抱!不准你赖抱!看你还敢赖抱!看你还敢赖抱!”
作者:雄雄
The hen's master pressed its body into cold water, and grabbed its head, quick pressed it in water repeatedly, then, wrapped its head up with a rag, and then, put hen on a hanging of bamboo pole, so, poor thing was wet and blindfolded , you see, it stood shivering ! 母鸡的主人按它的身体进冷水里,并抓住它的头,反复在水中快速按下,然后,用破布包住它的头, 然后,把它放在一根横悬挂着的竹竿上,所以,可怜的母鸡全身湿淋淋又被蒙住眼睛,你看,它正站在竹竿上吓得全身发抖!
作者:雄雄
The wet feathers of hen slowly dried , unlock the rag of eyes by its master, its body was pressed into cold water again,its head was pressed in cold water repeatedly , then, she was wet and blindfolded, and then again, stood shivering on the hanging bamboo pole ....... 赖抱母鸡湿透的羽毛慢慢晾干,它被主人解开蒙眼睛的破布, 它的身体再次被按在冷水里,它的头被反复往水里浸,然后,它全身湿透被破布蒙上眼睛,然后,再一次站在竹竿上吓得瑟瑟发抖.....
作者:雄雄
This repeated several times in a day, and continuous many days, the hen was thin soon, until it no longer depended on behavior of hatch act, its master stopped cruel abuse her. 这样的情景一天之中重复几次, 连续很多天, 母鸡很快消瘦,直到它不再有依赖抱窝行为,它的主人才会停止残忍的虐待她。
作者:雄雄
The hen no longer depended on behavior of hatch act , it began to eat, gradually back to health . When the day came, it began to lay eggs and was master's favorite again. But unfortunately, the hen laid eggs after a period of time in a row , it couldn't lay egg anymore and started to hatch act, attacked behavior, so, it suffered terrible abuse again until she awake. 母鸡停止赖抱行为, 开始进食,身体渐渐恢复健康。 时候到了,它开始下蛋, 再次获得主人的喜爱。但不幸的是, 母鸡连续下过一段时间的鸡蛋,不能下蛋了,开始赖抱,有攻击行为,所以,它再次遭受到可怕的摧残, 直到她清醒为止。
作者:雄雄
There was the Yan surname home in our farm courtyard, it was a big family, two-thirds of the homes of farm courtyard were theirs, they had many children and grandchildren. Once, they had a hen to hatch act, attacked behavior, and It was suffered terrible abuse many days just didn't awake, its master hated it to teeth grind, and their children hated it too. 我们农家大庭院有一户严姓人家,这是一个大家庭,三分之二的农家庭院都是他们家的,他们有很多的儿孙。有一次,他们家有一只母鸡赖抱了,富有攻击行为,而这只母鸡遭受到虐待很多天就是不醒抱,主人对它恨得牙痒痒, 他们家的孩子也讨厌它。
作者:雄雄
At dusk,the old woman scratched down the hen from a bamboo pole, she opened its the cover the eyes of rag, dropped the hen at the gate of the house. Before long, the hen stubbornly stood and ruffled feathers with open wings, the old man was angry, raised his foot forcibly to kick hen hard , scold : " Turtle's son damn hen, you don't awake, why keep you ?! " Moment,
作者:雄雄
the hen's body collapsed, curled fell on the ground, kept twitching, painfully dying, kids were schadenfreude aroud, and some with their feet to kick twitching old hen. 黄昏时分,严老太把母鸡从竹竿上抓下来,打开遮挡鸡眼睛的破布,把母鸡摔在屋门口。过了不久,母鸡顽强地站起来,竖起羽毛,张开了翅膀,严老汉很生气,抬起脚向母鸡猛力踢去,骂道:“龟儿子该死的抱鸡婆你还不清醒,养你做啥子?! ” 瞬间,母鸡的身体崩溃,卷缩倒在地上,不停地抽搐,痛苦地死去,孩子们围着它幸灾乐祸,其中一些小孩用他们的脚去踹正在抽搐的老母鸡。
作者:雄雄
I stood just a few steps away from them in a panic, looked at the dead poor old hen, my tears kept flowing downwards; In the distance, Yang mama cried: " beibei, hurry up go home! -- --" I sobbed, using hand wiped tears, walked home slowly, looking back at hen, it stoped twitch. 我站在离他们仅仅几步远的地方,惊恐万分,望着死去的可怜的老母鸡,我的眼泪不停地往下流;远处传来杨妈妈的呼喊声:“贝贝,快点回家哟!-----” 我抽泣着,用手背抹着眼泪,慢慢地往家走去;回头看看母鸡,它停止了抽动。
作者:雄雄
Adults attitude towarded the hen made me was terrified, their cruel way treated the hen to hatch act striked terror into my heart, those scenes that I had seen had left a terrible memory in my childhood.成年人对待赖抱鸡的态度让我吓坏了,他们残忍的方式对待母鸡的赖抱行为,恐吓着我的心,那些我所见过的情景 , 在我的童年留下了可怕的记忆。
作者:雄雄
As the decades passed, I still remember all those scenes clearly. In the past, in my hometown of Sichuan rural areas, many many old hen contributed eggs to their masters, at the same time, they suffered torture only because of their maternal behavior and physiological instincts, however, when they were old gradually, reduce or couldn't lay eggs, waiting for their destiny would be slaughtered, cooking, became the delicious food for people.
作者:雄雄
几十年过去了, 我仍然清晰地记得那些那些场景。过去,在我的家乡四川农村地区,许许多多的老母鸡为它们的主人贡献鸡蛋,与此同时,它们遭受酷刑都只因为他们的母性行为和生理本能, 然而,当它们渐渐老去,下蛋逐渐减少或不能再下蛋时,等待它们的命运将是被宰杀, 烹饪, 成为人们的美味佳肴。
作者:laosong
Dear 雄雄,I have read your translation and your composition and i am interested in it what you said is touching and interesting and i feel the same with you .I used to see something like this our family raised several chickens ,if some hen had such act ,aults treated the hens in the same way. I had pity on it and I had nothing to do with it.
作者:laosong
I come from shandong and I am over 50 .Could you tell me how old you are and what work you do so that we can talk about something?please.
作者:海阔天空
Some cities require people have to(to have) large pieces of land if they want to raise farm animals.
作者:雄雄
Hens can lay eggs, because of the existence of the value; To be eliminated, because of the loss of value. All things of the world, including human beings, is the survival of the same. 母鸡能下蛋,因为价值的存在;被淘汰,是因为价值的丧失。世界万事万物,包括人类,都是同样的生存道理。
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