Re: Chickens and chicken coops
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Wed, 6 May 2020 08:40:38 -0700 (PDT)
We have a chicken club at Mosaic Commons in rural (or exurban) Berlin, MA.

It seems to run pretty well.
Problems we run into:
--a few people really want us to not have roosters.
--there was a time they were getting out all the time.
--dogs love to catch/eat chickens
--there was a phase that a bunch of people left the club leaving lots of
work and cost for the remaining members.
--disagreement as to whether old chickens should be eaten or retired. (Yes
there are retirement locations for old chickens, where ours now go.)

I'll note that we have chickens for eggs. When the team has extras they
sell them for $5 a dozen, which is about their cost.

Chickens for meat would be a huge operation. They are eaten at 8-12 weeks
old, you'd need roosters and hens so as to have chicks regularly. We have
about 30 chickens and they take up a large space (becuase we treat them
lovingly) and 30 chickens to eat would provide everyone in our community 1
chicken--which is enough food for, I don't know a week? I can't even
imagine the size operation you'd need to keep a community of 30 people in
chicken for a year.


On Tue, May 5, 2020 at 11:48 PM Ron Ingram <ingramr88 [at]> wrote:

> Hey there!
> I am inquiring about having a chicken coop at co housing. Pros and cons?
> Success stories or horror stories?
> I am not an owner but would like to make my case to the gracious co housing
> where I live for having chickens.
> In case there is truly about to be some issues going on with meat
> production, I would like to prepare my community by having some chickens.
> Please let me know your experiences so I can make my case appropriately.
> Thanks in advance,
> Ron
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(The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries

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