I Want Chickens

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This will probably not come as a surprise to many, but I am dying to get chickens. What’s the hold up, you ask? My husband. He says chickens equal divorce.

I would love to have chickens inhabit a small coop in my yard for many reasons. First of all, having your own home grown eggs whenever you wanted would be amazing! The fact that you know where your eggs are coming from, what the chickens eat, and how old the eggs are is awesome. You can’t get fresher than eggs from your backyard.

Secondly, we buy a dozen of organic eggs when we go grocery shopping. They are expensive!  So, having our own chickens would help us save money.  If we had extra eggs, we could sell them.  Now we’re making money. Lastly, it would be cool for me to have chickens as a hobby.  I love animals, and it would be something fun to do.

So not only would it save us money, but we’d eat better quality eggs, I’d have something fun to do, and we’d cut down on our environmental impact by having the chickens in our backyard.

So.  Here’s where you come  in.  Whose side are you on: mine or Mr. Money’s?  Should we get chickens?

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43 thoughts on “I Want Chickens

  1. LeanLifeCoach says:

    If my wife was willing to take the lead and the work to save some cash and provide fresh eggs I’d be all over it!

    However, its probably not worth a divorce. You need to understand why he has reservations and overcome those objections.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    LeanLifeCoach- so I should trade my hubby in? LOL

    I don’t think it’s worth divorce either. The thing is- he’s never given me a good answer WHY he doesn’t want them. 😉

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  2. Bucksome says:

    You didn’t tell us why Mr. Money doesn’t want the chickens. It probably has to do with the mess and noise, I’m guessing.

    Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it to own your own chickens, but you definitely would need to come to an agreement before moving ahead.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Bucksome- I’m really not sure WHY he doesn’t want them. He won’t give me a straight answer.

    Could you imagine if I went and got some and he came home and they were in the backyard?? I’ll bet I’d end up having fresh chicken for dinner one night that week (he’s a chef) 😉 LOL

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  3. Kacie says:

    Yeah I’d like to know more about why he doesn’t want them. But since he feels so strongly about it, I’m siding with him on this one.

    Do you live out in the county or in some area where it’s allowed?

    Plus, how much are those eggs you’re buying? Any cheaper at a CSA in your area?

    It might take awhile for you to break even once you get your coop set up, and add feed and the chickens.

    Sorry to be all *womp womp* about it!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Kacie- I don’t know why he doesn’t want them. He won’t give me a straight answer.

    We live out in an area that’s pretty rural, and I know that there are people in the little town we live in that have goats and chickens and ducks! I am so jealous.

    I am totally loling because I told him that I posted this, and he was like “oh great, all your friends are going to be ganging up on me” and I said no, actually, the majority of them are agreeing with you!

    We’ll see how it goes. LOL

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  4. Evan says:

    As someone who is fighting The Wife on a Cat…I am totally with Mr. Money!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Evan- Your comment makes me laugh so hard. I will admit that I’m with you on The Cat idea. Get a small dog instead. 😉 Much cuter!

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  5. FuturShoc says:

    I’ve been researching ‘backyard chickens’ for months. The main issue to overcome (after Mr. Money) is city regulations. Call the city and find out what the restrictions are on keeping livestock. In my city of about 30,000, the only rule is that the coop be 100 feet from my nearest neighbor. I happen to have a larger lot than most in my neighborhood, so I’m all set.

    As for Mr. Money’s objections, if it’s noise he’s worried about, he needn’t worry. Roosters are not required! (Common misunderstanding.) Your chickens will lay eggs regardless. The rooster is only needed for the production of chicks.

    Don’t give up on your chicken dreams until you’ve thoroughly explored the Mr.’s reservations!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    FuturShoc- Well there’s someone in our little city that has chickens and goats and ducks so I’m assuming that it’s okay! I’ll definitely have to look into the restrictions.

    I have no idea what his big problem with the chickens is. I do think it’s partly noise though!

    Thanks for your encouragement! It seems like everyone else is on his side. 😉

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  6. Jody says:

    I wouldn’t go against Mr. Money, but I would definitely be on your side on this one. There is not much better than hearing the “cluck, cluck” of hens as they wake in the morning. Speaking from experience. We don’t have them currently, but my husband has plans of readying a spot in our barn to get chicks this spring!!! I can’t wait! Be interested in knowing what Mr. Money’s reservations are….

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jody- I don’t want to end up getting a divorce over the chickens. 😉

    I think hens are fun too, and they don’t make too much noise. I am so jealous that you are getting chicks!

    I’m going to have to ask him tonight what exactly he doesn’t like about them and go from there. 🙂

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  7. Megan says:

    I’ve also always wanted chickens, for the same reasons as you. But I live in a large metro area and I don’t think I could make it work with regulations, etc.

    Why doesn’t Mr. Money want them? Maybe you could explain that they’d be YOUR chickens and YOUR responsibility and he wouldn’t need to mess with them? Maybe he just doesn’t want the extra work?

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Megan- If I ever get them, you can come over and we’ll collect eggs together. 🙂

    That’s the thing- he’s never really given me an answer. I would totally take all responsibility for them. He works 12 hour days so it’s not like he’d be bothered with them.

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  8. Robert says:

    The compromise of marriage. Chickens vs. no chickens. Maybe if you promise her you won’t push for a cow in the coming years (for milk and such) you might get your chickens!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Robert- I would definitely not push him for a cow! lol

    Although I have talked about getting one of those miniature cows… 😉

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  9. Mrs. Accountability says:

    I have to say I’m with the others, why doesn’t Mr. Money (professional chef guy who *should* appreciate fresh eggs) want chickens? But I think you should be able to have chickens if you want them. 🙂

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Mrs. A- You would think he’d be all over it, right? It’s so funny- one of the restaurants his boss owns is a breakfast restaurant with the word “Eggs” in the name. I told him that if we got chickens I would supply them with eggs. Then he told me they are on their MILLIONTH egg in their second year of being in business. Uh, I can’t keep up with that.

    I do appreciate the support! 🙂

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  10. ami@40daystochange says:

    I have loved the idea of having chickens – probably after seeing Martha S go on and on about them. But I *also* harbor deep suspicions about anything Martha goes on and on about – because I don’t have a bunch of young guys running around ready to dig holes, plant trees – or nail together chicken coops and shovel chicken poop for me! So I share your fascination AND your husband’s hesitation. Perhaps more information/research would be helpful – see if you can find someone nearby who raises chickens and talk to them about work, expense, etc. Then you and DH can have an educated disagreement. 🙂

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    ami- I need one of those young guys with the chickens. 😉 I think that if he realized how it wouldn’t be too hard then he may give in. We’ll see. 😉

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  11. Jennifer says:

    I have a desire for chickens myself but without the backyard to accommodate them. I hope one day to have them. I do think the rooster is the noisiest not the actual chickens. Maybe if you researched the breeds you wanted, found a source for them, designed a coop, etc he would see that you were serious. I do long for those orange yolks though.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jennifer- I hope you can too! I really don’t want a rooster. I would love to get chickens that lay the Easter egg colored eggs!

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  12. Ingrid says:

    If you had those young hunky guys in your back yard it makes more sense they would be tending your roses. Flowers smell better than chickens, and you could sell the flowers to make money too!

    Of course I’m kidding.

    I grew up on a farm. Chickens are great, but so are nearby farmers that you can buy eggs from inexpensively. Don’t forget having chickens = extra responsibility (who takes care of the chickens when you go on vacation?), they are pretty finicky (in the winter if the conditions are not perfect for them they won’t lay eggs (and there goes your money making opportunity!) and you need to make their homes airtight or racoons and foxes will come and eat them leaving a literal bloody nightmare in your backyard.

    That said, as a former country girl I’d still like to take a sabbatical, move to the country and enjoy the rural good life. But my vision of country involves, me, Tuscany, and many bottles of wine http://www.cashmereclutch.com/2009/07/italian-dream-part-two/

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Ingrid- That is funny. 😉

    I’ll have to research it some more. I may end up changing my mind- who knows. I love your plan though!

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  13. Keli says:

    I want chickens too! I called our town and he said ” you’re not supposed to have them in town but as long as no one complains….” so…. we’ll see what we decide to do. Hubby is actually ok with me getting some!
    As for your situation, I totally understand your point as well as him not wanting them. My hubby was unsure at first until I explained all the things I thought he would have an issue with (noise, mess, him cleaning up!!) and he is all for it. (Now just deciding if it’s worth “getting caught”)
    Good luck!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Keli- That is awesome! I hope that you can get them too! What’s the worst that can happen if someone catches you? Not much. I say go for it!

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  14. Zella says:

    This spring, I’m planning on taking a chicken raising class… I want them (and pygmy goats), but I want to make sure I know what I’m in for. Dogs and horses, I know. 🙂

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Zella- That is too cool! I’ve always had horses. When I moved across country, I had to leave my horse with my parents. I hope one day I can have horses again too!

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  15. Corrie says:

    Last week you wanted to sell your house and move. Maybe you should make up your mind about that first? 😉

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Corrie- LOL I totally agree with this. I thought about the same thing. 😉

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  16. Judy says:

    as someone who has chickens in my yard right now I can tell you you will love it.And if its because of the noise just dont get a rooster. They are the noisy ones.And you dont need a rooster to have eggs only to have more chickens.I love having them around and you forgot to mention they eat all the bugs in the yard.And they are really pretty I have a silky rooster and he is really pretty and white.Any way hope I helped a little

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Judy- Thanks so much for the vote of confidence! I don’t want a rooster. I would love to have the chickens eat all the bad bugs in the yard. We have a garden and I can’t stand the bugs getting in it!

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  17. Cate says:

    Get the chickens! Our neighbors have some chickens, and they NEVER bother us. Sometimes we hear them clucking a little, and that’s it. You DON’T have to get a rooster–in fact, I know in our city, you’re not even allowed to have one because of the noise factor–and you can’t beat fresh eggs!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Cate- Good to know! We’re checking into the laws right now. 🙂

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  18. Matt Jabs says:

    It’s funny… I’m totally on your side, and my wife is totally on your husbands side. go figure… 😉

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Matt- TRADE! lol jk 😉

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    Matt Jabs Reply:

    Ha ha… no kidding right! 😉

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  19. sam knerl says:

    I actually read through the comments and feel I have something to add. As a husband and individual currently raising chickens, I can say that your hubby has preconceived ideas related to raising chickens. First of all the noise…roosters are the only chickens that make noise. Hens cluck only when they are hen pecking (setting the pecking order)or laying an egg and having a harder time of it. If you have a small amount of chickens (say 3), you will see more eggs than the two of you would ever eat! Purchase or build a nice chicken tractor. Why? It saves money on feed. It eliminates all the smell associated with chickens. (because you move it around daily) It improves your lawn. It can actually be cute. If you do this right, he really won’t have any complaints because unlike a pet, they are actually less work, less smell, no training involved. Any questions or suggestions regarding chicks/chickens/chicken tractors etc…feel free to email.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Sam- I am totally going to have my hubby read this. 🙂 That’s a great idea about a chicken tractor. I think three or four hens would be perfect. And thanks so much for the offer to email you! I may take you up on it. 🙂

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