LETTER: Maintaining chicken coops is no easy task

A Ponoka News reader responds to a recent web poll related to having chickens in town.

Dear Editor,

I would like to comment on having chickens in town.

Having fresh eggs is a nice idea but very costly. The price of lumber; if you are not handy with a saw and hammer, then you have labor, straw, feed and maintaining the coop. All this is not cheap.

Then running the heat lamps when it is 30 below C so your eggs don’t freeze; now your power bill will go up. As far as responsibility once the kids smell that poop they won’t do it so get a paper route.

I was raised on a farm in the 1950s and ’60s and I know what it’s like, times have changed.

READ: Residents would like to see chickens in Ponoka

I worked for 16 years as a meter reader for Trans Alta in and out lots of backyards and saw some pretty bad situations, some cruelty to animals. After the cuteness is gone then they are not wanted or looked after very well. That’s why there are so many animal shelters.

I lived across from the old chicken farm on Riverside for 10 years. We had skunks, flies and noise all the time.

So think this out before you do this as most people don’t follow through.

Take your wedding rings off sweetie because shop vacs weren’t made for cleaning chickens. When the neighbours complain and the poop hits the fan I hope Judge Judy will come to our courthouse to deal with this case.

If you really want fresh eggs go to A&W, have an egg muffin. They claim they are farm fresh.

Kathy Andersen

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