One of the great things about Iowa is its mix of urban and rural; not far from the bustling state capital, you can come across a cornfield. If you're looking to bring a little bit of that farm life into your urban or suburban home, consider the benefits of a backyard chicken coop.

We recently visited with local Des Moines resident Kearstin Rude to talk about the benefits and challenges of owning chickens. 

If you're interested in adding some feathered friends to your home, be sure to look up your city's individual rules and regulations regarding farm animals. While the information provided in the above video is believed to be accurate regarding Des Moines specifically, it's important to check each city's ordinances before beginning your own chicken coop.