Madison, WI passed a law allowing single-family homes the right
to raise poultry in the back yard. Previous to this law, poultry
was allowed inside the home, but not outside. Coops were not permitted,
nor was raising poultry inside the garage. Today it is legal to
have 4 hens (no roosters) in a coop, no closer than 25' from the
nearest neighbors living quarters. Butchering within the city limits
is still not allowed.
Mad City Chickens started out as a group of
like-minded, pro-poultry people (also known as the "poultry
underground"). Our aim is to educate the urban population on
the benefits of raising ones own food, and to bring to light the
misconceptions people might have about the raising of poultry in
an urban setting. Mad City Chickens offers an Introductory class
for those who are interested in raising birds in their own backyard.
See some of the original members of
the Poulty Underground (and their feathered friends) in Tarazod
Films' feature-length documentary Mad
Mad City Chickens is available to answer questions
and concerns regarding all aspects of poultry rearing. We have the
wonderful support of our local UW Extension Poultry Specialist and
the staff of the UW Poultry Science Dept. They are a wealth of information,
and willing to share it.
We hope you enjoy browsing through our site.
Please feel free to contact us with any
questions or comments you might have.
Here are some different chicken breeds (click
on any image to enlarge):