Danny Harp, like millions of Americans, is riding the “Backyard Poultry Movement” that is currently sweeping across the United States and Europe as more and more people are going back to the basics of raising their own chickens. Some are calling the “Backyard Poultry Movement” an attempt for some to connect with what was a gentler time as they find that raising chickens not only has its rewards in the daily harvest of farm fresh eggs but also serves as an escape, of sorts, from a world that is becoming more and more stressful. People are finding that in addition to eggs, chickens provide nitrogen-rich fertilizer, pest control, and companionship and that a reasonable number of breeds of chickens adapt very well to the constraints of an urban environment. Hobby chicken farmers are popping up among city dwellers and suburbanites from coast to coast and everywhere in between, and the popularity of raising chickens doesn’t show any signs of stopping, as hatcheries are experiencing record-breaking sales of baby chicks.
Harp remembers visiting his grandmother’s farm and being fascinated by her chickens but never imagined having chickens of his own one day. That day came soon after moving back to rural Ohio and wanting his children to be involved in 4-H. Danny, like so many Americans, found out very quickly that they enjoyed the eggs that their chickens produced and were taken by surprise to learn that chickens make unique, affectionate pets, each with their own unique personalities.
Harp continues to raise chickens with his wife, Melissa, and offers advice to others wanting to enter into the world of chickens! He is passionate about people being educated about poultry before ever buying the first chick or duckling. The Harp’s flock at Eden Poultry in Sabina, Ohio provides farm fresh eggs for their family and for the community.