Beanie the Chicken's Blog

Shortly after Beanie was found at a local feed store, it became apparent that she he was an unusual chicken. These are the chronicles of Beanie the chicken....

Monday, June 15, 2009

Chickens in the news

For several years I have paid keen attention to the growing phenomenon of chickens being raised in the city. I found a site that lists published articles about it called "The Weekly Roost: chickens in the news" on the website "Urban Chickens."

Click here to go there.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Mad City Chickens," A Real Hit On DVD review

LA Canyon News - Beverly Hills,CA, published an interesting review of the feature length documentaryMad City Chickens, mentioned in earlier blog posts. Click here to read article.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Group promotes raising chickens within city limits of Sarasota

Click here to read story from

Monday, June 08, 2009

Iowa City joins growing urban chicken movement

The Chicago Tribune (June 8) has run a story about people in Iowa City petitioning the city to change its ordinance about keeping chickens.

Click here to read the story.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Beanie's passing mentioned on Tarazon Films Blog

Click here to see what Tarazod Films Blog has to say about Beanie passing away.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Beanie's Memorial Stone

Here is a picture of Beanie's final resting place. Her remains lie beneath this boulder, which represents a modernistic interpretation of a chicken's basic essence.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Sad news about Beanie

I am very sorry to report that Beanie died a couple of months ago. It is hard to post this notice, but I know it needs to be done, since Beanie was loved by so many people. I have decided to carry on with the Beanie Blog, but I am not sure just how the saga will proceed. Please stay tuned.

On a more positive note, Beanie was included in a feature length documentary called "Mad City Chickens" which is now available on DVD. I recently watched the movie and really liked it, especially seeing Beanie in it. If you have chickens, or you like them, you should get this DVD! Below is a press release that explains more about it:

Tarazod Films Releases Mad City Chickens On DVD

It's here—the film that's been causing a buzz in the backyard chicken world! Tarazod Films has released Mad City Chickens on DVD. Three years in the making, the 79 minute documentary is a sometimes wacky, sometimes serious look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards.

Filmmakers Tashai Lovington and Robert Lughai take you into the backyard like you've never seen it before. From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge—and even a mad scientist and giant hen taking to the streets—it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.

With over 60 minutes of extras, the DVD includes: The Making of Mad City Chickens featurette, Cheryl Long from Mother Earth News, Cherrie’s Backyard Chicken Tips, deleted scenes and interviews, bonus chicken footage, movie trailers and more!

The filmmakers worked for three years before completing the film, shooting on location in WI, IA, TX, KS, MI, and CA. They met with chicken experts and poultry enthusiasts, and gathered over 40 hours of interviews and chicken footage. They have appeared on Public Television, the CW Network, and on numerous talk radio shows in the US and Canada as well.

Mad City Chickens opened to shining reviews at the 2008 Wisconsin Film Festival and continues to please audiences at festivals and public screenings across the US and Canada.

“I never thought I would sit here mesmerized, open-mouthed over a chicken movie,” declared one audience member at the end of the evening. Neither did I. Kristian Knutsen, Isthmus Daily Page.

Buy the DVD ($21.95) from the Tarazod Films online shop at

The return of the backyard chicken...the city will never be the same again!