Grist reports: Flying the coop: The scrambled world of backyard poultry
from Grist: July 20, 2012
By Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan
Here are a few things you should know about keeping backyard chickens: Poultry are “poop machines” — but cleaning up after them is “less maintenance than a cat’s litter box.” You can let them range free around the yard — just watch out for predatory eagles (and your garden: “Chickens will annihilate it.”). Chickens are “not pets,” except when “they’re very much our pets.”
Linda Eckhardt comments:
Another thing to worry about if you are wanting back yard chickens. Got a dog? Even the friendliest sweetest little terrier you ever saw can turn into a chicken marauder in a minute. If you alreay have a dog or dogs, I’d say ixnay on the backyard birds.
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