Another way we know times are tough:
We all have heard of eggs "fresh from the farm". How about fresh from the back yard?
It's legal to keep chickens in Chicago.
One East Garfield Park resident who keeps five hens in a coop outside her home tells the Chicago Tribune the birds are "like pets with eggs."
Slaughtering the birds is prohibited in the city.
So what do you do for Sunday dinner? Drive the chicken out into the country? That seems kind of cruel. Oh, look, we're going for a ride. How nice. Wait! What's that in your hands? Stay away from me!
I don't mind a few chickens, but if I see pigs and cows in the yard next door, I'm calling somebody.