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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