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Southeast Texans opting to get eggs from their backyards instead of the grocery stores

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Dogs and cats are no longer the only pets you'll find in Southeast Texas neighborhoods.

Chickens are growing in popularity.

Southeast Texans are part of a growing trend of Americans looking for healthier option, even if that includes growing or raising your own food within the city limits.

Backyard chicken farming has become a popular way of saving money on your grocery bill, and eating healthier.

There's even a website called BackYardChickens.com.  It started six years ago with just 50 members, it's now up to a membership of 200,000.

Shawn Landry is one of those city farmers.  He and his 10-year-old son, Logan, bought five chicks last year that are now fully grown hens.

The father and son built a chicken coop and now the family is reaping the benefits, about an egg a day from each chicken.

That's about three dozen in a week for what Landry says is not a lot of work.

Landry said, "You feed them and water them, and they give you eggs everyday."

The Landrys know they're saving money, especially for the quality they're getting.  They have an Ameraucana chicken, which produces blue eggs, and they say is lower in cholesterol.

Landry says having the chickens has also provided him and his son more quality bonding time together.

He said,  "Anything you can do with your kid and grow with it, it's pretty neat."

Backyard hens can save you money on eggs.  We checked with some local grocery stores, and the average price of organic eggs is at least four dollars a dozen.

Experts say hens can lay eggs for up to five or six years, but they lay the most in their first two years.

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