Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Will Buyers Buy to Have Chickens and Fresh Eggs?

Will Buyers Buy to Have Chickens and Fresh Eggs?

Will Having Chickens and Fresh Eggs Woo Home Buyers?

Chickens Selling HousesYou never know for sure what special features are going to sway buyers into making an offer. It is not uncommon to see chicken coops in neighborhood backyards and raised gardens for the purpose of growing herbs and vegetables. These natural features are catching the attention of today's home buyers and causing some buyers to act.


As agents once we identify the location and price range we focus on specifics that meet the needs of the buyers. We know buyers like the standard specialties and of course the floor plan and room sizes matter, too. But once these must-haves have been met what other features will sway a buyer to put in an offer? 


Could it be that having chickens and fresh eggs every morning would make a buyer take action? What about growing your own fresh, organic veggies in the convenience of your own backyard rather than going to the market? I say both of these features will woo some buyers into buying. The trend of raising your own food source is exploding and more and more buyers are embracing it and loving the idea.


At a recent seminar the instructor told us about a friend of his that established a website called Backyard Chickens. The backyard chicken business is booming and has grown exponentially. He knew little about it when he started the site but that didn't stop him. He hit pay-dirt. The forum is interactive and his Facebook Page has nearly a half million Likes. Pretty much everything you want to know about raising backyard chickens is there.


Will this chicken trend sell houses? It did recently for me. The buyers liked the house but loved the idea of having chickens and fresh eggs. The raised garden beds brought smiles to their faces with the thoughts of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and their own herb garden. Chickens, eggs and organic veggies made the buyers want to buy right then.


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Comment balloon 26 commentsDebbie Reynolds • March 25 2016 01:36PM


The Backyard Chicken trend is growing here in California too!  And, my daughter up in Reno, has gotten into it.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 3 years ago

We had backyard chickens and fresh eggs but along came some rats, so we got rid of the chickens and got a cat instead! Now no more rats!

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) about 3 years ago


Back yard chickens and fresh eggs sounds good . . . .  But it comes down to zoning if the home owner can have chickens.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 3 years ago

I find this very comical Debbie, Evanston just started allowing Chickens. I do not think I want any in my back yard.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 3 years ago

Hi Debbie - Having chickens has become very popular here since the city passed an ordinance allowing them several years ago, and there are some pretty fancy coops. I'm convinced that one of those was the hook for a buyer last year, although they denied it :)

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 3 years ago

A few of my associates at work have chickens and are kind enough to share, Myrl Jeffcoat.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 3 years ago

But those fresh eggs are so good, Ellen Caruso. I wouldn't like the rats either.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 3 years ago

You are right Lou Ludwig. Clarksville passed an ordinance to allow it a coule of years ago. I am seeing more and more of them.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 3 years ago

The coops can be very nice and surprisingly if you take care of them they don't stink. I would love for one of my kids to have them and then bring me the eggs. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 3 years ago

I had some sellers that had chickens and though they were moving out of state teh wife was so attached she wanted to find a good home for them and would not allow the new buyer to have them. All the chickens had names and personalities. It is a changing environment Dick Greenberg.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 3 years ago

Debbie my grandmothers used to raise chickens in her back yard and they had a monster size back yard and had a full kitchen garden.... you name it... personally I would not even go near a house like that... I am a City Slicker:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 3 years ago

 Both of the homes I've sold in the city limits of Seattle so far this year, both buyers wanted to know how many chickens they could have Debbie Reynolds 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) about 3 years ago

I love chickens! They are so entertaining to watch, and fresh eggs make the work involved worthwhile. I'm glad it's a growing trend. Have a blessed Easter.  

Posted by Dana Tapia, Gulf Coast Real Estate Professionals (Re/Max of Orange Beach) about 3 years ago

Hello Debbie ...

Great post and I think some home owners would love to bring back chickens in the back yard, Cows with milk and a huge garden vs purchasing from the stores.

"Can you say FRESH" 

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 3 years ago

Debbie Reynolds An interesting idea but not one that would go over here - too many zoning and HOA restrictions.  However, we have a green market where one can buy fresh eggs. 

I hope the buyers are enjoying their fresh eggs in the mornings.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) about 3 years ago

Your post brought back memories of my childhood. My neighbors used to have chickens and it was fun to see them.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 3 years ago

Hi Debbie.  This is a very geographically dependent topic.  In our urban area, back yard chickens are not allowed (as of yet anyway).  And, I don't see a demand for the majority of my customers.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 3 years ago

Good morning again Debbie. This is really interesting. I don't think the noise and smell of chickens would appeal to me but congratulations for your deal.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 3 years ago

Many home buyers would love to have some backyard chickens and a nice garden area.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 3 years ago

This is a great post. I see this trend in my area, although I didn't even think of it as a trend. It's a very common and accepted way of doing things. I'm glad to see this idea is becoming popular in other areas of the country. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 3 years ago

Not sure how my Charlie cat would like to see chickens in our backyard ... he's my zoning code.  LOL.  I love the thought of chickens and having raised flower/vegetable beds . . . that an an endless pool . . . I'm in Heaven!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 3 years ago

Send them a chicken and dumpling recipe in case they change their minds after awhile.

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker GRI, SRES (Windermere/lane county) about 3 years ago

Hi Debbie - I am going to check into this.  We have friends that give us eggs from their chickens.  I have never asked any more about it but the eggs are good.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 3 years ago

Chickens and your own garden does oinfluence Buyers in todays real estate market.  Are you buying them some tomato and herb plants for a closing gift?

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Thanks for stopping by and all the comments. I have seen chickens in the backyards of $400,000 homes.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 3 years ago

I am glad that Roy Kelley chose this as a re blog - I would love to have fresh eggs each day and chickens in my backyard. Lucky buyers

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 3 years ago