I am all for people having chickens in the city, that really doesn't bother me. I wouldn't mind bigger lots with horses either. What I do have a problem with is people deciding to get chickens (or any animal really) who have no experience and are doing it because it's popular. Our neighbors 2 doors away were considering getting chickens last month and I was really hoping they would talk themselves out of it. As of yesterday I learned that they are planning on going ahead with their plan.
This family is so anti-animal it makes no sense why they we would get chickens. The wife hates all creatures (I have witnessed her animal freak outs on more then one occasion) and the husband is highly allergic. Their kids think that chasing dogs is normal and poking them in the eye is okay. They travel just about every weekend too.
The husband told me he had just gone to the hardware store and purchased some things for a chicken coop when I ran into him late yesterday afternoon. I asked what his wife thought of the whole plan and he said it was okay they would be outside. He then proceeded to tell me that they wouldn't get chickens until after their annual trip to Maui in December. He said he was hoping that someone would offer to change the chickens water bottle while they were out of town on weekends in exchange for eggs. He made it seem like chickens were super easy to take care of and obviously had no idea that they carry salmonella. Nor did he seem to understand that chicks can die at the drop of a hat.
I've already made my husband promise not to agree to take care of their chickens when they are out of town. I love fresh eggs but I don't want chickens and I am not going to watch someone else's because they shouldn't have gotten them in the first place.