Note: Remove seeds from apples and pears before giving the fruit to your chickens.

While raising backyard chickens can be rewarding, there are also some potential disadvantages to consider:

1. Predators and Pests: Backyard chickens are susceptible to attacks from predators such as foxes, raccoons, hawks, and even your neighbors’ dogs. Predators can pose a significant threat to the safety of your chickens, potentially causing injury or killing them. Also, chickens may attract pests such as rodents and insects, which can become a nuisance for you and your neighbors and may require additional pest control measures to manage effectively.


2. Zoning Regulations and Neighbor Concerns: Depending on where you live, there may be zoning regulations or homeowners’ association rules that restrict or prohibit the keeping of backyard chickens. For example, in some areas, you may be allowed to have hens, but not roosters. Even if backyard chickens are allowed, neighbors may have concerns about noise, odor, or potential health risks associated with keeping chickens. Take the time to learn about local regulations and talk with your neighbors before deciding to get chickens.


3. Time and Effort Required for Care: Chickens are generally low-maintenance, however they still require daily care and attention, including providing fresh water, feeding, cleaning the coop, collecting eggs, and monitoring for signs of illness or injury. Raising chickens can be time-consuming, especially during certain periods such as chick rearing or coop maintenance. Additionally, vacations or travel plans will likely require arranging for someone to care for your chickens in your absence, adding to the responsibilities.

For suggestions of necessary and optional supplies, see our Chicken Supply List.