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Only in America: Chickening out of chicken raising

A surge in "hipster urban yuppie types" trying and failing to raise chickens — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

Animal shelters in many U.S. cities are reporting a surge in the number of abandoned chickens. Tiffany Young, founder of a Seattle animal rescue group, says the problem is "hipster urban yuppie types" trying to raise poultry in their backyards — and giving up when they realize it’s hard work. "There is not a sanctuary in the Northwest that is not at capacity or beyond," said Young.