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Old 09-06-2007, 09:14 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I have a few questions. I am considering an expansion to our family and I wanted a multi-purpose pet.
Do chicken clean your yard of pests?
Do chickens eat ticks? Mosquitos? Etc?

Do chicken attract more unwanted pests?
Please tell me about the Pros & Cons for adopting a chicken or chicks.


thanks
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Old 09-16-2007, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Eastern Long Island
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I have a few questions. I am considering an expansion to our family and I wanted a multi-purpose pet.
Do chicken clean your yard of pests?
Do chickens eat ticks? Mosquitos? Etc?

Do chicken attract more unwanted pests?
Please tell me about the Pros & Cons for adopting a chicken or chicks.


thanks

sorry it took me so long to reply, I didn't see your response.

My chickens eat most bugs, they love ticks & ants & mosquitos. Chicken manure can attract flies, I keep my run & coop very clean so it hasn't been an issue. They can be smart, funny & lovable & watching the "pecking order" is amazing. My chickens come to me when I call them, a few jump in air for treats, they like to sit on my lap & be petted. And they lay delicious eggs!
Caring for chicks when they are young is hard work, they need a certain tempature, water & food. Once they grow up, they are much less work.
Check out backyardchickens.com
Good luck!
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:16 PM
 
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WOW! I can relate to you 100%
I can't open my windows either.
I have a neighbor w/ a coop in front of my home, & she got a rooster just to harass me. I have emails to prove that she knows it's harassing me.
Currently, I am trying to get our Town officials to update our zoning regulations to stop this harassment.
I was wondering, have you complained about the smell, or noise to your local police department?
They will help you.






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My neighbors have installed a coop. They have a rooster that crows at dawn and all day long. It is very loud and adjacent to my son's bedroom window so he can't sleep with the windows open anymore. I HATE it.

Unfortunately we have archaic zoning laws and there is nothing I can do about it. He has killed my property values and he knows it. He placed it there to harass us.

Also, make sure you keep that thing clean, cause the coop REEKS of ammonia when they don't clean it. And that nice smell wafts over to my children's swingset that is only 20 feet away.

My suggestion, chickens but NO rooster unless you are WAY far away enough not to tick off your neighbors. You don't need a rooster for eggs anyway.
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