It's not just Portland; finally, backyard chickens are gaining the cult following they deserve in Los Angeles, too. Not only will these multifunctional fowl lay the most delicious, guilt-free eggs you've ever had, they'll also keep garden pests under control, eat kitchen leftovers and make great pets. Ready to get started? Head over to Malibu Feed Bin just off PCH, and you'll find everything you need to set up your own urban farmette. This family-owned store sells not only cute little chicks but also feeders, waters and Modesto Milling Organic Feed (the only retailers in the L.A. area of this high-quality food). While you're there, pick up other urban farming essentials, like bird feeders, garden tools, gloves, dog toys and gifts. Closed Sundays. 3931 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Malibu. (310) 456-2043 (no website).

—Jacky Surber

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