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Detroit Urban Farmer Bought Two 5-Foot-Tall Emus To Protect His Chickens

Friday, October 14, 2016 18:55
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Two 5-feet-tall baby emus protect the chicken coop from stray dogs, which killed 50 chickens in the summer of 2015. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

Food Field, near Detroit’s Boston Edison neighborhood, has overcome one obstacle after another to become one of the most unique examples of the city’s resilient urban agriculture movement

By Greg Wickliffe
Oct 8, 2016


Stray dogs in 2015 entered the hen house and killed all 50 of Link’s chickens and turkeys.

“It was just a blood bath,” Link said.

To minimize the risk of another chicken massacre, Link purchased two 5-foot-tall emus from a woman who raises the birds in Okemos.

“I want to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Link said of the slaughter. “They’ll at least defend themselves if anything comes barging in, so they’ll help keep (the dogs) away.”

Despite the animal mishaps, crop production is thriving at Food Field.

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