About Us

Urban Chickens was hatched in 2007 by KT LaBadie and her husband Mark Scully

They recently moved from Albuquerque, NM to Iowa City, IA where backyard chicken keeping happens to be illegalGasp! Obviously they hope to help change that.  Although they are currently taking a break from raising their own chickens, KT and Mark’s adventures in vegetable gardening have never been better.  Iowa’s rain and top soil have treated them quite well.  KT has also become obsessed with pollinators and attracting them with flowering herbs and native prairie species.

History of UrbanChickens.org
This website owes its existence to a 3 minute presentation KT gave for one of her graduate school planning courses at the University of New Mexico.  The topic of the presentation was of course – urban chicken keeping.  The level of interest in chicken keeping from her classmates and professors influenced her decision to start this website as well as a local chicken keeping group. While living in New Mexico, KT taught several chicken keeping classes and co-founded the annual Albuquerque Coop Tour.

Thanks to all the friends, family, colleagues, fans and visitors who have made this site what it is and provide encouragement to keep it going.  You know who you are.  Also, a special thanks to Karl (and his turkeys ) for inspiring us to keep backyard poultry.