As a local spokesperson for responsible urban chicken ownership, I hear a lot of questions and concerns about the impact of chickens on the neighborhood.
Q: Doesn’t chicken waste attract vermin?
A: No. “But,” you say, “when I was a kid, my neighbor got chickens and they had rats.”
Your neighbor was likely leaving the feed out where rodents could get to it. The same thing would happen if your neighbor had recently acquired a cat and left food out for it at night. Or got a dog and used an outdoor automatic dog feeder. Or kept an easily accessible, well-stocked wild bird feeder.
For the sake of the neighborhood, please don’t leave any kind of people or animal food out where rodents can get to it.
Q: What about bugs?
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