According to the US Department of Agriculture, nearly 13 million Americans own or plan to own chickens in the next 5 years. Even though the majority of those owning chickens are the ones who have larger plots of land, there is a growing number of city dwellers who are now owning chickens too. As a result, Pompano Beach rental homeowners may experience an increase in the number of requests from residents wanting to keep chickens on their properties. Although, prior to giving them your decision, it would be best to educate yourself as to why chickens are becoming more and more popular now and what are the potential drawbacks that come with keeping poultry in a household environment.
As rural homeowners can attest, 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.
Conversely, chickens are infamous for causing a mess, leaving their droppings all over the place. They like to roost on patio furniture, leaving a hard-to-clean mess behind. Chickens can also smell bad, producing repulsive smells that neighbors may notice. Those fresh eggs they lay are not only attractive 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 make a wide range of noises at all times, which neighbors may find bothersome. Chickens also tend to peck at wood, which can create significant damage over time.
With all of these concerns that come with keeping chickens, it may not be so hard for any Pompano Beach property owners to decide on banning them. The disadvantages are clearly more than the potential benefits. 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 Premier conducts regular property evaluations, monitoring for resident compliance with animal policies as well as the property’s condition. We make it our business to preserve the value and state 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 954-362-5235 today!
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