How about chickens in your garage?

During his presidential campaign of 1928, Herbert Hoover promised a chicken in every pot to encourage the nation’s economy. We know how that worked out the following year.

But economic hard times are here again and so is talk of chickens.

Scott Beyer, a Kansas State University professor and poultry specialist, said he has been getting a lot of phone calls and emails requesting information about raising a small flock of chickens.

“One can’t help but wonder if the economy has anything to do with this renewed interest in poultry husbandry,” Beyer said.

He said he asked questions of the callers and emailers about their interest. And while he said the responses varied, he said, “The economy does seem to be a common thread.”

“When faced with difficult times,” Beyer added, “people seek efficiency and a return to simpler times.”

He said some of the queries came from people who were interested in supporting American products, while others wanted to reduce their carbon footprint and not purchase foods that travel long distances. Still others just wanted fresh foods grown locally, he said.

Beyer cautioned city-dwellers to check with local rules about the legality of raising chickens in town. In Wichita, it’s legal.

So perhaps raising chickens for their eggs or to fill a pot is right for you. But Beyer probably won’t be able to help you with the rest of Hoover’s campaign pledge:

“A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”