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Don’t Fowl Out: The Problematic Trend of Peterson Tenants Keeping Chickens

Happy Family Playing with a Chicken in the Yard of their Peterson Rental HomeAccording to the US Department of Agriculture, nearly 13 million Americans own or plan to own chickens in the next 5 years. Despite the fact that those with larger plots of land are more inclined to own chickens than those living in urban or suburban settings, there is a rise in the number of city dwellers owning chickens. As a result, Peterson rental homeowners may experience an increase in the number of requests from residents wanting to keep chickens on their properties. But before giving them a response, it’s important to understand why chickens are so popular right now, and the potential drawbacks that keeping poultry in a residential setting may bring.

As evidenced by rural homeowners, there are substantial advantages to keeping chickens on a property. Chickens eat bugs, which significantly decreases the number of pests around a home. They also provide fresh eggs and will abundantly fertilize lawns and other green spaces.

On the other hand, chickens are ill-famed because of the mess they make–they leave their droppings all over the place. They like to roost on patio furniture, leaving a hard-to-clean mess wherever they go. Chickens can also stink, producing bothersome smells that neighbors may notice. Those fresh eggs they lay are not only desirable to humans, but to snakes, skunks, raccoons, and other pesky critters.

A few other drawbacks to keeping chickens include noise concerns and potential damage to exterior features made of wood. Chickens can be considerably loud, and not just the roosters. Hens produce an extensive variety of sounds at all hours, which neighbors may find disturbing. Chickens also tend to peck at wood, which can create notable damage over time.

Given the difficulties that come with keeping chickens, the drawbacks unquestionably exceed any potential benefits. For Peterson property owners, this means that the decision to prohibit chickens may be an obvious one. A bigger challenge, however, is making sure that residents do not bring unauthorized animals onto the property and local statutes that may prohibit keeping “farm animals” within city limits.

Real Property Management Northern Utah administers regular property evaluations, watching for resident compliance with animal policies as well as the property’s condition. We make it our business to protect the value and health of your rental homes and handle resident communications on your behalf. To learn more about what we have to offer, please contact us online or by phone at 801-546-1770 today!

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