Rodale’s Organic Life
by Doug Clinton
Having the freshest eggs on the block can be harder than you think.
1. EXPECTATION: YOU WILL JOIN AN AWESOME COMMUNITY OF ECO-FRIENDLY TRENDSETTERS.
Reality: Your hip new lifestyle choice may be a nuisance to your neighbors. In many communities, neighbors have complained about the noise and smell. In some cases, the disputes have even gone to court.
2. EXPECTATION: YOU WILL HAVE ALL KINDS OF CUTE PETS TO CUDDLE.
Reality: Your have to be careful when you cuddle. You may associate Salmonella with undercooked meat, but it’s a danger in live poultry, too. Be sure and wash your hands thoroughly after handling your new pets.
3. EXPECTATION: YOUR HOMEMADE CHICKEN COOP WILL BE A WONDER OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN.
Reality: Your priority will be keeping your coop clean, not getting it featured in Architectural Digest. Chickens use their coops for eating, sleeping, and yes, pooping. An unhygienic coop can lead to diseases, such as coccidiosis. Read Full Article »