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We've told you time and again the benefits that chickens bring to our beneficiaries around the world. But you might be surprised to learn that there are a few employees here at Heifer headquarters who raise chickens in their backyards. It's a growing trend for city dwellers in the U.S., especially with the rise of the local food movement. Besides, who wouldn't want fresh eggs any time they wanted them?
A screen shot of the Pickin' Chicken app from Mother Earth News article.

If you're interested in finding out how to set up your own coop, yep, there's an app for that. From Mother Earth News, the Pickin’ Chicken Breed Selector helps you find the perfect bird based on your climate, how much space you have and whether you want eggs, meat or both. It’s available on iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

The app features 82 breeds and 100 varieties of the fowl, so you'll have plenty to choose from. You can even look into raising Heritage or endangered breeds.

If chickens aren't your thing, but plants are, there are a number of apps for gardening available out there too. iTunes has a variety of apps that range in price from 99 cents to $9.99.

So if you've wanted to get in to growing or raising your own food, but didn't know where to start, now you've got no excuse. But I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to wait until Spring.

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Annie Bergman

Annie Bergman is a Global Communications Manager and helps plan, assign and develop content for the nonprofit’s website, magazine and blog. Bergman has interviewed survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, beekeepers in Honduras, women’s groups in India and war widows in Kosovo, among many others in her six years at Heifer.