I have been reading recent posts about chicken-keeping newspaper articles, the latest is still running: New York Times - "When the Problems Come Home to Roost" Just like Nifty has written on occasion, it used to be that EVERYBODY had chickens in their back yards. To quote my own posting, "...we should be vigilent lest ANY chicken diseases cross over to humans and peope become scared that we MIGHT be the cause of an epidemic." Does ANYBODY know WHY chickens were originally outlawed in many places? --Was it a disease outbreak? --Did people get too busy and want to travel? --Was it just cheaper to buy chicken from the grocery store: I think it's time we research and discuss this. If we don't know HOW it happened in the past, we might have to fight for the right in the future. Agreed? I'll watch for your thoughts.