You already know the unique farm-type stores in Rapid City that sell chickens and ducks and other sources of live animal food. It's one of the rites of spring. Runnings and Tractor Supply both make them available, but call around for others--and to find out how long they'll be available.
Gardening and chickens share a common lineage, a survival instinct involving the importance of food. True, you can buy anything you want to eat at the local grocery store, but what if the trucks stopped rolling? It really wouldn't take much to upset our just-in-time restocking of shelves.
Having fresh vegetables in the backyard garden means that a family won't go hungry right away, but fresh eggs and chicken meat will be welcomed. Yes, gardening and raising chickens can just be about aesthetics, but did you ever try eating art off your wall? more