Still not 100% committed to raising chickens. Just how prevalent are problems such as mites and lice? A friend of mine in NH has 5 chickens- he makes it sound like they are almost maintenance free. Is it common for chickens to have some parasites that really don't cause any problems? I am fine with feeding, watering, and collecting eggs daily. I don't foresee keeping the coop clean as being too labor intensive- plan on using deep litter method. However, I am not planning on handling/inspecting the chickens on a regular basis. They will not be pets. I know two people in my area that have chickens- I will talk with them to get their opinion on how labor intensive 10-15 chickens should be. I don't want to neglect ANY animal that I have taken responsibility for, and I also don't want to undertake a project that will be more of a headache than a pleasure. Thanks !