Urban Homesteading is alive and well in the Midwest. I've had the good fortune to meet other like minded folks, although most of them are in KC or Lawrence.
If you're new to the idea, get started here . The Dervaes family raises over 6,000 pounds of food every year on 1/5 of an acre. I know, it's mind boggling!!
And above is my beloved "hen" Lucy, which, as you can clearly see in the photo, is actually a Rooster, renamed Larry. Ahem. As Roosters are not allowed within the city limits, Larry is on the way out of town, as soon as he's a little older.
We ordered our flock from My Pet Chicken and were assured that we would get 100% hens as we just want layers. (As Cole says, " We don't EAT pets Mom!") Alas, 3 of the 12 are Roos.
I'd highly advise anyone thinking of Urban Homesteading to read their CCRs (neighborhood covenants) and the city laws regarding poultry, livestock, bee keeping etc. In my town, roosters and bee hives are outlawed. Poultry and livestock are limited (by livestock, I mean a goat, not a heard of Jersey's.) Funny thing I learned, most subdivisions in KC area do NOT allow clothes lines ~ is that crazy or what?!