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Backyard chickens? A hard-boiled assessment

Sandy Schmidt, who owns a portable chicken coop, shows three eggs that were laid this morning by her chickens at her home in Silver Spring, Md.

Backyard chickens? A hard-boiled assessment

"Eat local" is the foodie mantra, and nothing is more local than an egg from your own backyard.

That enticement has led many city dwellers and suburbanites to consider putting up a coop and keeping chickens. The online community BackYardChickens.com, for example, has more than 200,000 members, about half of whom have joined in the last two years.

Reporting by Linda Lombardi, Associated Press.