It’s become quite chic to have chickens in your city backyard. There are clubs, activist groups (some places forbid livestock within city limits), and all sorts of discussions online.
Several people have asked me if I would like to keep chickens, and to their surprise, I always answer NO.
Here are the top 10 reasons why I don’t want backyard chickens.
10. Our backyard is almost entirely swimming pool–there’s no room for a chicken coop.
9. Since chickens can’t swim, we would have to keep the pool safety fence up forever. U-G-L-Y.
8. Hubby is still a little irritated about the bees.
7. I don’t have the first idea what to do if they got sick. Is there such a thing as a chicken vet?
6. Neighbor Kitties. They already leave random pieces of sparrow and mouse on my front doorstep. I’m not about to open an all-you-can-eat kitty buffet.
5. Hubby is still traumatized from having to clean the chicken coop at Grandma’s when he was a kid. This was the most dreaded punishment and although he only had to do it once, he’s still scarred.
4. Daily care routine: put chickens in the coop at night. Let chickens out in the morning. Feed, water. Lather, rinse, repeat. I barely have enough time to dress and feed the humans around these parts, and they can mostly take care of themselves!
3. How do you go on vacation? Who does all the work listed above? Apparently they have chicken-sitters in Seattle, but we just aren’t hip enough here in Northern California.
2. Chicken poop. This one is self-explanatory (see #5).
1. The most important reason–and one that I don’t believe enough people think about–I’m not prepared to cull them once they stop laying. Thanks to Northwest Edible Life for this dose of wisdom and reality.