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Jewish World Review June 15, 2007 / 29 Sivan, 5767

Need chicken soup for the stressed soul?

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Some people relieve stress by deep breathing, going to a spa, or watching fish swim in an aquarium. My brother says raising chickens is the way to reduce stress.

In March, he purchased six fluffy pullets that arrived in a cardboard box with holes punched in the top — three Rhode Island Reds and three Buff Orpingtons.

He wanted only four, so he ordered two extra and that way if feathers forbid something should happen to a couple, he's still completely and totally relaxed.

Naturally, the chickens have acquired names: Scramble, Omelet, Fried, Boiled, Over Easy and Nuggets. You can't very well relax with chickens if you can't call them by name.

Because he is one of those guys who, when he sees something he wants done, just goes ahead and does it, he built the chicken coop himself.

The red and white coop now standing toward the back of his acreage has a pop-hole.

A pop-hole sounds like a place where the chickens might throw back a Pepsi or Coke, but it is actually a little door that opens to a ramp that leads to the chicken yard (otherwise known as the rec center).

The coop has nesting boxes, a roost, water dispenser, feeder, the prerequisite shovel for scooping you know what, and a yard with a hot-wired fence in case predators, or the dogs, get hungry for a round of chicken tenders.

It also has a nifty little door you can open from the outside, reach in and pluck eggs from the nests.

If you were a chicken, you would give the coop a four-star rating. The only thing missing is a television in one of those big cabinets with doors that swing open and a little nightstand with a Bible in the top drawer.

In the evenings my brother, who can get wound a little tight (it runs in the family) likes to go down and watch the chickens. He says it is so relaxing it just turns him into (I quote) — "a big bowl of Jell-O."

He has tried to involve his boys in the relaxing ways of chickens and they have, um, declined.

He has tried to involve his wife in poultry relaxation by encouraging her to walk down to the coop every morning and evening in preparation for when the chickens may actually lay eggs and she told him — well, she also declined.

Sometimes he is so relaxed he gets in the pen with the chickens and, in the interest of maximizing relaxation, chases them from one side of the pen to the other. They kick up dust, squawk and beat their scrawny wings. He snatches one, turns and says, "Here, you want to hold it?"

Apparently, this is the relaxing part, but I am the antithesis of relaxed at the thought of holding a Rhode Island Red that's trying to peck my hand, jugular and eyes.

It will be several months before the chickens begin laying eggs. Given his current investment in materials, the first few eggs will run $41 apiece. A three-egg omelet could represent $120 in start-up capital.

Some people might find an omelet that expensive makes them feel stressed and up tight — a situation they could easily remedy by raising chickens.

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