Chickens in the Backyard? Really? Enter and Win.

My team and I have been exploring the possibility of launching a podcast. Without getting into much detail, the podcast would focus on identifying ideas and trends that people should know about… things that are also likely to impact how we prepare students for the future. I’m not yet sure we are going to launch this venture. It’s a lot of work to do it right and I’m not convinced we are as interesting as we think we are. But I have committed part of my summer to creating a demo or two and getting some expert feedback to see if this is an idea worth pursuing.

The team likes a new challenge. So, ideas for segments have been flying back and forth, usually over Fuzzy’s tacos. This week I blurted out “Chickens in the Backyard! Is that really a thing? What does that tell us about where society and business are heading?” I admit this was a bit of a reaction to once having had a neighbor who had chickens and perhaps more annoyingly, roosters in the backyard. It may also have been top of mind given a recent trip to Kauai– chickens own that island.

My idea was met with immediate skepticism and ridicule…. development people, I learned, can be especially harsh. I defended my idea, noting that chickens in the backyard are on the increase, that they defy economic logic, that everyone knows eggs come in nice cartons in two rows–even the free-range chicken egg variety. Surely, something else must be going on… That whatever it is, it must be fundamental (not just a property tax gimmick like cows) and that we should devote a segment to getting to the bottom of it.

The team was unmoved. So I am appealing to you, my blog readers to help me out here. Is something fundamental going on? Would it make a good 15 minute podcast? Do you have a take on this? If so, leave a comment to this blog post. If I like your take, I’ll buy you lunch and offer you a guest spot on the podcast demo. Call it a surprise contest. Enter. Win. And help me prove my team wrong. You never know when knowing a grateful Dean could come in handy.

7 thoughts on “Chickens in the Backyard? Really? Enter and Win.

  1. Dean Jarley,

    I agree with you about chickens in the backyard, it is definitely a thing right now. It is part of the larger movement towards organic, natural, and healthy foods. People want to be closer to the food that they eat than a rather impersonal supply chain. I am sure that you have heard the adage you are what you eat. Well some people do not want to eat food that was generated, like a machine, from conditions that you would not want anyone you knew to work in.

    Chickens in your backyard would get to live a relatively decent life and still provide you with economic utility such as nice eggs that are from a healthy chicken that has seen the sunlight ever. People also enjoy the fact that they can take care of a creature that is just as capable of forming bonds with its owners as a traditional pet like a cat or dog. I have gotten eggs from traditional commercial chickens, cage free chickens, and even eggs from pasture raised chickens. The best that I have had are pasture raised ones with nice thick orange yolks not thin yellow ones from the other types.

    Despite pilot programs in Orange and Seminole, there really has not been acceptance by most people. Some HOA’s even ban it, considering it to put their neighborhood in a bad light. I feel that our Orange county is too much in love with the idea of being like the other Orange county with a mouse house nearby.

  2. There are several other business schools that deliver podcasts based on common business themes such as “Leadership, Professional Development, and/or Marketing Research” (see the podcast list below).

    Most of these folks interview faculty, which makes a lot of sense. I mean, give a faculty member a microphone and WATCH OUT (Snooze Fest)! ;o) Faculty seem like the obvious choice to interview given their accumulated knowledge & experience. BUT, we are not like other business schools; I recommend that we create a COBA student podcast theme. We could invite some of our COBA student ambassadors but I’d also like to hear from our more “average” students as well. Topics could include:
    Episode 1: “A Day in the Life of a Millennial at COBA”
    Episode 2: “Work, Life, School, Balance – Why Multitasking is for Losers”
    Episode 3: “U Can Finish or U Can’t Finish”

    I’m sure we’d have plenty of students volunteer to tell their story and plenty that would listen; I certainly would tune in.

    • I completely agree with professor Leo on this one! Faculty can definitely come in and share. However, at COBA, our core competency is our diverse and inspiring student body. Students should be the ones driving the conversations and topics…with faculty guidance and assistance with implementation of course.

      This is sounds very exciting! I would tune in as well!

  3. Not only did I read this blog post but I’m going to comment! Wife points x2?!?! Once you eat an egg from a backyard chicken you won’t ever want to eat store bought again. Even the “cage free” ones don’t compare. Seems that a well cared for and dare I say loved pet makes for better food!! I’m a believer. It’s a thing!

  4. I would be interested in listening to a UCF COBA podcast! I love the chickens in the backyard theme. You could tie it in with the Oviedo chickens too. Not much of a pet owner but I do purchase pasture raised eggs. BTW, hello from FAU Jupiter! Still a subscriber to your blog Dean Jarley and read it every week :-).

  5. That seems like a lot of work for a two egg omelet. Why potentially fail ten times before enjoying a breakfast to be proud of? Must be much easier to take the easy road and buy your guaranteed dozen. No?

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