Urban chickens take wing as egg prices soar

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The Travis Linyard family has two chickens they're using to combat egg prices. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The Travis Linyard family has two chickens they're using to combat egg prices. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

With the prices of eggs going up many people are raising chickens in their backyard so they can have farm fresh eggs. 

The Travis Linyard family in the Phoenix area is doing just that. 

“You just can't pet them and play with them and throw them a ball all the time," Travis Linyard said. 

“Steele” and “Niner” are now part of the family. Two years ago, the family they wanted a cost-efficient and healthier way to get eggs for their family of four. 

"Just kind of have the whole chicken experience and have them running around in the backyard and our kids can come out and pick the eggs,” Travis Linyard said. 

Travis Linyard said they are averaging about four eggs a day. His son, Cole, is “ecstatic.” 

"I love how they give us eggs so we don't have to spend money," Cole Linyard said. 

The cost of taking care of the chickens is about $30 a month. They built their chicken coop using the kids’ old swing set. 

“We converted it into the actual place the chickens sleep and then built the chicken run here," Travis Linyard said as he pointed it out. 

According to the kids, the worst part is keeping the birds clean. 

Before you decide to raise chickens in your backyard, make sure to check with your city and town and your homeowners association.

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