on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
What the Kids Said
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Italian Workmen's Club
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Fishing Along Wingra Creek
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Quality Ace Hardware
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2
Dane County Cultural Tour
Hmong Cultural Tour
It all started for the Robinsons when they found that
some of their friends had chickens! Cheryl and John thought the idea
interesting and decided to get some.
One year John built a cozy-looking coop for the hens (John
is giving classes on how to build chicken coops). It can fit up to five
adult chickens. It does look cozy, if you’re a chicken.
coop is about four feet wide and four feet long. There are two levels.
On the bottom level there is straw on the ground, and branches for perches.
On the second
level is a nest house, a lot more straw on the ground then on the first
level. In the back on the right hand side of the coop, there are two,
People used to not be allowed to have a coop, but they could have chickens, and if the neighbors complained, then you had to get rid of the chickens.
So, many of the people
who owned chickens and formed a group. “I don’t know who
came up with the name, the Chicken Underground, but we all liked it,
and that’s what we became,” said John. They wanted to change
some chicken laws.
Now chicken underground isn’t underground anymore.
It’s above ground because they won the trials. Now they can have
up to four chickens in a coop outside without getting in trouble with
it’s legal to have four chickens in a coop but you can’t
slaughter the chickens. Cheryl and John have chickens that lay an egg
each day. They thought it would be good for their kids to know that
you don’t just go buy food at the grocery store, but that you
get it from nature.
After lunch we held the chicks. I held one that was reddish-brown,
black, and white. It had a light yellow beak. Some of the chicks have
names. Rosemary got Captain Black Beak. I held the smallest of them,
which I thought of as "Cherry" because of the red.
[The chicks] were so tiny and soft and most of them fell
asleep in your hand. Now a lot of us want chickens.
The chicks are soft and warm. Their down is fluffy and
satiny. They try hard to peck you, but you don’t feel a thing.
Page Last Updated: January 10, 2005