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posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

A chicken change of heart

This writer has never liked chickens. Chicken salad, yes. Buffalo chicken wraps, sure. Chicken soup for the soul, fine. But real, live, cluckin’, crappin’ hens? They can go suck an egg. So when Chef Ben Bebenroth started his chicken coop search for Spice Acres Suburbia, he had some convincing to do first. “They’ll fertilize the crops with high-nitrogen poop for the compost.” “They eat a lot of pests – ticks, grasshoppers, bugs.” “We can save money on eggs at the restaurant.” “The eggs will be more nutritious.” Upon winning the chicken battle on the home front, he proceeded to build his coop out of leftover wood from the old Spice Kitchen + Bar patio fence. Ten chickens (courtesy of Brunty Farms) arrived in the winter and instantly made themselves at home. The coop gave them shelter from 2012 blizzards and they huddled up to keep warm enough to produce up to eight … READ MORE

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posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

Just sell us the chicken coop, ma’am.

The following is a recent email transaction that Ben had with a woman who’s selling a chicken coop on Craigslist. Her post read: “We purchased this Amish-built tool shed new and converted it into a chicken coop. This deluxe coop will easily hold 20 chickens. Measuring 4′ x 6′ x 8′ it has a dutch door covering a screen door and a small side entrance too. A total of 9 nesting boxes provides ample space for egg laying. Lots of roosting space. Excellent condition, freshly painted in 2011. Can easily be reconverted back into a tool shed should you get rid of your chickens. Must do the majority of the moving yourself but we do have a tractor to help. Price reduced!” Ben: I am interested in the coop. Is it sold yet? Are you interested in any bartering? Please email me. Lady: Hi, The coop is still available. Not interested in trading … READ MORE

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