Recipe for Backyard Chicken Casserole:
1 carcass of a retired laying hen
250 mL tears of empathetic hipsters
Place both in a crockpot for 8 hours.
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Until I read this article, I was unaware that urban hipsters were not killing their backyard hens once they ceased laying eggs. Call me naive, but I figured that a person who was willing to step (however shallowly) into the world of animal husbandry would quickly lose all their romantic, juvenile notions about animals. How wrong I was. Hipsters are surrendering their hens to the SPCA, and chicken refuges.
Before you buy hens, my hipster friend, consider the entire life span of the birds. Don't limit your research to spending hours on pinterest looking at funky hen houses or chicken coops for your backyard. Think about the shit. Literally. Know that your birds are not going to conveniently pass away of natural causes seconds after they lay one final egg for your consumption.
I'm tempted to place this ad on Kijiji:
Need to find a new home for your old, non-productive laying hens? I will take them. No judgement. No questions. I will welcome them into my own private chicken refuge, aka my belly.However, I am lazy and allergic to bird feathers. This is why I don't have urban chickens in the first place. I'd feel slightly ashamed to make this confession except I'm too busy judging these damn hipsters. They are making my whole generation look bad.
The original chicken-loving hipster.