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Chickens Becoming Popular Pets

Many people raise chickens for profit.

It may sound unbelievable, but according to am MSNBC article, chickens are becoming popular pets.

Are chickens a good pet choice? Hens lay fresh eggs. The eggs can turn a profit depending on how many chickens you have. 

Most people have hens only which lay eggs regardless of whether or not a rooster is around. If you want baby chicks, you will need a rooster.

Chickens are relatively easy to care for, social, and when raised from a chick as a family pet they bond with people.

They like to eat ticks and mosquitoes, which is great bug control.

There are issues to be concerned about.  Rodents are attracted to chicken feed. There are feeders that discourage rodents sold at horse and feed supply stores.

Unless you are handy and can build your own chicken coup, you'll need to buy the proper living quarters. You'll need to buy chicken feed so that the chickens stay healthy, and that includes in the winter time.

Chickens like to perch. You may find a chicken perched, sleeping, on top of your front porch rocking chair. When given a choice where to sleep, most free-roaming chickens choose something to perch on near the front door of their owner's home.

Wandering chickens can annoy neighbors. Neighbors don't like to find a chicken perched on their front porch. Chickens frequently wander into the road and are killed.

Northeast Cobb livestock and poultry law: Livestock and poultry animals are only permitted on a lot of two acres or larger. All animals will be maintained at least 10 feet from any residential property line.

Editor's Note: When I lived in New York state, I had two Rhode Island Red hens named Thelma and Louise. They lived outside in a custom-made chicken house. When I'd garden, they'd stand next to me and scratch the soil and pull worms. If we had pizza delivered, they'd chase the delivery man to the front door. An unknown fact: chickens love pizza!

Vicki Hammond May 14, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Shelby...thanks for bringing this to the forefront again. I wrote two pieces on it back in November and had some interesting comments about the legality of cities/counties in GA prohibiting it. Check it out - chickenkeeping...http://smyrna.patch.com/articles/urban-agricultures-backyard-chickens There is the annual Tour of Coups in Sept. This year it will be coups inside the perimeter. We went on the Atlanta Botanical Garden tour last weekend and one of the homes on West Wesley had a fabulous chicken coup and two really cute goats - Nutter and Butter - all right in Buckhead. Chickenkeeping classes are offered at Oakhurst Community Garden Project - if anyone is interested. The chickenkeeping adventures of two Smyrna residents is found in this article. http://smyrna.patch.com/articles/the-village-greener-2 I hope more people take it up. thanks again for writing about it - Vicki
Marlene Mitchell May 15, 2011 at 02:55 PM
I have had a few Rhode Island Reds and a couple of Araucanas, also known as the Easter Egg Chicken because they would lay either blue, pink or green eggs. My kids and their friends had fun with them and where in awe of the colored eggs. I wish I could have a few chickens now but I only have 1.82 acres so I wouldn't meet code. Chickens are easy and fun to raise and the eggs are great!!
Pam J May 15, 2011 at 03:25 PM
What is not great is having a rooster living next door who likes to crow at 4:00 am, 5:00 am, 6:00 am and at various times through the day.
Chicken Whisperer May 15, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Most towns that allow chickens don't allow roosters. Maybe they should reconsider allowing barking dogs that bark at all hours of the night, poop in neighbor's yards, and bite children.
Julia Harris May 16, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Roosters can produce a bit of noise. Luckily, most urban chicken enthusiasts keep only hens for the eggs and bug control. @Vicki - Many Buckhead residences have a couple of acres or more, plenty of room for a chicken coup and two goats. It's still a surprised to think there's livestock on West Wesley, lol. Thank you so much for the links to ordinances, classes and events.

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