So I have recently caught "chicken fever" and now really want some after spending hours researching it. The only thing that really might stand in my way is...my mom.
Now, I am NOT some teen who wants to take on something that my parents would end up being responsible for. Nor am I a 30 year old living in my parents' basement. I have a family of my own and we live in our own house. So why would my mom object? Or have any grounds to object?
Well, she has a genetic disease called cystic fibrosis that mostly affects the lungs and had a lung transplant several years ago so she has a weakened immune system. I believe she thinks all birds equate to disease because years ago (before I was born) she cleaned the deck of bird poo after a flock of wild birds swarmed through town and caught turbuculosis Avium mycobacterium which ended up eating a hole through her lung. So I don't blame her for thinking that.
When I told my mom about getting some chickens, she tried to throw all of the typical concerns at me. But because I had done my research and visited someone who had chickens in my area, I was able to rebuttal most of them. The best part was this: "But chickens are noisy!" "Most chickens that I have seen aren't. Roosters are noisy and I'm not going to have roosters." "Well you need a rooster to get eggs!" "Really? Please rethink what you just said..."
Anyhow, her real concern goes back to disease. She does babysit my two young kids about one day a week and visits about one other day a week, so she comes over to our house often enough. So my question is, should she really be concerned? I plan to put the coop on the side of house that doesn't get used now and we don't open the windows either. I was thinking about allowing the chickens to free range in our back yard while we were home, but I could just keep them on the side yard (it would plenty of space for a few chickens) if having bird poo in our lawn would mean she couldn't go outside with her grandkids. My feelings are that she really has no more risk than being exposed to wild birds especially since she won't be touching them or cleaning up after them.
Does anyone else have some insights?