By Allison Nicole Shultes
Most elementary-aged children ask for dogs. Matt Stewart, a fifteen-year old Swarthmore resident, asked for chickens.
If not for the clucking, you might miss them altogether. Nestled against his garage is a custom-built coop, the home of ten friendly fowl.
Matt’s choice of pets no longer seems as extraordinary as when his first chicks arrived on his doorstep five years ago. Chicken coops are springing up across Swarthmore – and across the country. Prized for their nutrient-rich eggs and fertilizer, their pest and weed control abilities, and their easy upkeep, chickens have become a backyard staple for gardening and fresh-food enthusiasts.