Common Myths - Busted!
Myth 1. Urban Chickens Carry Diseases
A lot of people think urban chickens are linked to salmonella and avian flu, but this simply isn’t true.
Large multi-million factory farms house birds in tight, unsanitary living conditions and are who you can look to blame for the prevalence of these two diseases.
Small flocks have virtually zero risk of spreading avian flu to humans. In fact, directly on the Centers for Disease Control website it states that: “There is no need at present to remove a family flock of chickens because of concerns regarding avian flu.”
3. Hens are Smelly
Did you know that a 40-pound dog produces more waste per day (around ¾ pounds) than 10 chickens (⅔ pounds)? Plus, dog waste is scattered all around the neighborhood and sometimes not picked up by the owner.
While both dog and chicken poop is rather unpleasant in smell, chicken manure does have benefits.
If you compost chicken manure, it eventually becomes a high-nitrogen fertilizer that is excellent for growing plants and crops.
This can’t be said for doggy doo!
Myth 5. Property Values Will Decrease
Another big misconception regarding chickens is that they decrease property values.
However, In Forbes Magazine’s “Most Desirable Cities”, 7 out of 10 cities featured allow backyard chickens.
Furthermore, there hasn’t ever been a documented case of a home suddenly decreasing in value due to a family flock living next door.
Some realtors and home sellers even offer free coops with every property sale. So, that’s a myth that is well and truly debunked!
Myth 2. Chickens Are Noisy
While roosters can certainly make a lot of noise in the morning (they have the same decibel level of a barking dog!), hens are nowhere near as much of a nuisance.
Even at their loudest, laying hens only have the same decibel level (65 decibels) that is generally experienced in a human conversation.
As they aren’t particularly loud animals, many chicken owners have kept their flock for years with their neighbors never even noticing!
Myth 4. Chickens Attract Predators, Pests, and Rodents
Urban areas are already full of pesky rodents, predators, and pests.
A family flock of chickens alone will not increase these numbers.
But left out garbage, wild bird feeders, fish ponds, gardens, and pet food certainly will attract the likes of foxes, raccoons, rodents, and flies.
Modern chicken tractors, micro-flock coops or elevated coops, as well as fencing all help repel nuisances like pests and rodents.
Chickens Can Help Reduce Pests
Besides, chickens are omnivores!
They naturally seek out fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, stink bugs, grasshoppers, and even slugs to feast on.
They’ve also been known to eat mice, small snakes, and baby rats.
Myth 6. Chicken Coops are Ugly
Although you might not believe it, coop designs can be incredibly charming and stylish.
They can all be constructed in ways that make them blend in with the local architecture and color scheme.
You could also plant flowers, shrubs, and/or install attractive fencing around your coop to make it look more homely and aesthetically pleasing.
Plus, coops are contrained to the backyard. Especially in a fenced yard, most people don't know their neighbors have chickens!