Chickens are not currently allowed within Salem's residential areas. Dana Matthews of Chickens in the Yard is hoping to change that by persuading Salem city council to revise it's ordinance to allow residents in Salem to keep a few backyard hens, for eggs and as pets. Other cities already do allow chickens and have found that there can be many benefits. This item from living culture also features a chicken keeper (and her backyard flock) from Portland Oregon where they do allow backyard chickens and she shows some of the benefits of keeping a few chickens in your back yard.
Chickens in the Yard - Part 1
Chickens in the Yard - Part 2