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Should I own chickens?

The popularity of raising chickens has increased as more people are interested in raising chickens for fresh food, fertilizer and using them for pest control.

It is important to first determine if getting chickens is possible. Even if you have a large backyard, your home might not be zoned for raising chickens or other animals. Chickens do make a lot of noise, especially when laying eggs or being social, so trying to keep them in secret would be difficult to do.

Chickens require daily care from feeding and egg collecting to scooping up manure. If you are going out of town for more than a day, you will need someone experienced

to look after your chickens. Chickens also need plenty of space. Each chicken should have at least ten square feet of space for running around and at least two square feet of space inside of the coop.

Adult chickens will need a coop or hen house. A basic chicken coop that can house four chickens can be purchased around $300 or built with materials for much less. (The second option is recommended only for those with carpentry experience.) Other major costs include chicken feed and possible veterinarian bills.

Raising chickens can be a rewarding experience and it can be months before you can reap the rewards, or fresh and delicious eggs. Please answer the questions below to see if you should get chickens.

Does your city laws, codes and ordinances allow you to keep chickens?
Do you have enough space so that the chickens can run around?
Can you buy, build or get a chicken coop?
Are you comfortable with the noise level that chickens produce?
Do you know someone experienced who can look after your chickens if you go on vacation?
Can you afford food, supplies and potential veterinarian bills for your chickens?
Have you ever responsibly cared for an animal before?
How many chickens are you thinking about keeping?