Elsa Brenner wrote a good article about it in today's New York Times: Poultry Proximity: Plus or Minus
Does having a coop/chickens lower the value of your neighbor's home?
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A house with a chicken coop and/or barn would be a plus for me. For me my neighbors ATV racing (screaming)kids are worse than my chickens,but I guess I am biased.
I had mice years before I got any chickens.Love how they blame chickens for a booming rodent population.
Edited by Mattemma - 6/29/12 at 11:08am
For me it definitely has value. I once bought a house primarily because it had a coop in the backyard. And, more recently, when searching for properties, a chicken coop was one of the things I regularly searched on. If I found a house with a chicken coop, I looked further at the house to see if it would meet our other needs. (Sadly, I was unable to find a house with a pre-existing house, so wound up buying a house that met other needs and built a brand new coop )