What is the grossest job on the hobby farm? I have raised 3 children, 2 horses, 3 rabbits, a cat, 5 dogs and a litter of 8 puppies, and chickens. The grossest job by far is cleaning out the chicken coop. They tend to make stalactites (stalagmites? The ones that grow up from the floor, not down from the ceiling?). It's dusty. There are spiders. There is the possibility of BIG black snakes. It stinks. Got the picture?
Have you ever caught a black snake after it's been in the chicken coop? They love eggs. Lots of eggs. They will eat several and you can see the lumps of the eggs, shell and all, down the length of their body. Then, after you catch them, their defensive measure is to barf up the eggs. Hot, stinky, sticky eggs. Need I say more? My husband and son are the go-to-guys for snake relocation.
So, why do we do it? Fresh eggs. Always the option of a back up dinner plan of omelets. They are kind of entertaining. They are easy keepers. Kitchen fruit and veggie scraps don't go to waste. Their droppings, mixed with pine shavings from the coop, are great for the garden. When they are really laying, there is the pleasure of sharing farm fresh eggs.
Unlike many things we do in life, it's worth it.