I am on the board of a community garden that is 2 years new and 1 full year into adding chickens. We struggled the first year with trial and error with the coop and recently moved the chickens to a gardeners home until coop revisions were made. During their visit they became ill and we incurred a few hundred dollars in vet bills to get them healthy. The board is now debating if the time and money we have spent on the chickens is worth having them on site. So far we had overwhelming response to taking care of the chickens. I am hoping some of you can give me some answers as to what we should be expecting as to cost of care so we can decide if long term this is an acceptable project. How common is it for chickens to get sick? Is there anyone that can give me an idea of what you spend on upkeep such as vet bills in addition to food on an annual basis for 3 chickens? Is there another community garden which has had success with chickens that at some point has dealt with these decisions?] Is there a community garden that has had success with getting a local vet or organization to sponsor health care for the chickens? We also know it is not about the money but the learning experience and proper care of the chickens. We do know if we move forward we need to be better educated on care of the chickens so are more aware when they need additional care. Any help you could give me would be appreciated. I would love for us to keep the chickens but we as a board need to be making an informed decision.