Talk me out of getting chickens.
September 5, 2011 1:32 PM Subscribe
I want to get chickens. Talk me out of it.
posted by burlsube to home & garden (37 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
A family friend is getting about 6 hens in a few months. He has asked if I wanted a few hens. I like the idea of getting chickens for all of my egg needs, but I have no sense of how much care they need.
I am aware they will need a coop, and to be fed/watered. Ideally, I would like the chickens to roam the yard, but I'm not sure this is realistic. I live in the suburbs and my yard and abutting land has an active hawk population, along with cats, skunks, raccoons, and the occasional fisher cat. Is this just a disaster waiting to happen. Also, the coop would be in a part of the yard that has no electricity, so I'm not sure how the birds would keep warm in the winter.
Any past or present chicken-care-takers want to weigh in?