- Chickens = Meeting the Neighbors
- May 9th, 2009
I moved into my home a year and a half ago and for most of that time I never met my neighbors which is surprising since I spend a lot of time working in the garden.
I had read that keeping chickens greases the skids on neighbor relations but I am still surprised by how true that proved to be in my experience. In the limited time I have had my hens I have met all my surrounding neighbors as a result of them seeing me interacting with the girls. Everyone seems to be mesmerized by the presence of a chicken outside of a farm or petting zoo. My hens are pretty friendly and typically don't mind being held which seems to charm the pants off of people. I think its cute that people want to hold and pet them too.
The interest of my neighbors in the girls makes me feel like the hens are building our community. For example, this afternoon one of my neighbors suggested a trade of eggs from my hens for figs and apples from her trees. Another neighbor tells me that coming out and spending time with the hens gives her a sense of peace and it makes her look forward to coming home from work.
To think, I had worried how the neighbors would take it!