Chickens can be friendly pets with benefits: They provide eggs, fertilize gardens with their droppings, and they eat insects, weeds and food scraps. Keeping chickens also teaches children about our food sources.
Chickens in urban areas can also pose problems if managed improperly, including making noise, creating smells, breeding flies, and attracting coyotes. Bill Mattos, president of the California Poultry Federation, warns that diseases can spread from badly managed home flocks to comme...
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