There has been a lot in the news lately about having your own chickens. I am currently one of those people who has chickens and before you think about getting them you need to know all, the good and the bad. A little over a year ago I received an Eglu as an anniversary present from my husband, I did actually want it so it's not as bad as it sounds. First, if you are going to get chickens (and you have never had them before) seriously consider getting this (my husband found it used on craigslist). It is so easy to clean and move and the chickens stay warm and safe.
We ordered our chickens online, this I do not recommend as they only can guarantee the sex 90% and we ended up with a rooster that needed a new home. I could not bear the thought of our beloved Cottontail I getting killed. We traded him for Cottontail II
So the good and the bad...
The good... the eggs are delicious, they are fun to watch and are very sweet birds, they make great fertilizer, they are surprisingly low maintenance (we can go away for 3-4 days and they are fine, unless it is freezing cold).
The bad... they create a lot of poop! This is fine in the winter, but in the summer there were flies everywhere! No matter what anyone says you cannot let them have free reign in your yard. If you have any flowers or plants that you would like to keep, they will either eat or scratch everything up. Also, if you like to use your yard beware of poop! So after a year of learning we have confined them to one area of the yard and we are all much happier. The children and dog can play and lounge poop free and the the chickens have decimated all the grass in their area.
All in all though the eggs are worth it, but get some flypaper in the summer!
I live outside of Boston with my husband, two children, and dog. For the past 8 years I have been working with clients to help them make their home dreams a reality. From helping to build homes from the ground up to helping round out already finished spaces, I listen to my clinets and let their vision guide our process. I have always been a creative person planning spaces and working to make them function better. After completing the Residential Interiors program at Boston Architectural College I learned how to combine my love for funcion and flow with my eye for color, scale, and balance. As a graduate of New York University's Stern School of Business, I understand project planning and budget management. My experience working with clients, contractors, and architects helps to coordinate and streamline the home building and renovation process, helping my clients to have the home they dream of with less of the stress that comes with building and decision making.