Contrary to the beliefs of some, chickens kept in coops require daily labor and care. What looks like an idyllic pastime becomes an unwelcome burden if care is not taken initially to ensure responsible husbandry practices.
Chickens need predator-proof housing and yards with nest areas, roosts and natural sunlight. Their living quarters require daily cleaning and maintenance, yet even the cleanest coop attracts rodents to the free food and straw bedding. Moreover, chickens need to be treated with respect and compassion. They have feelings, they are companionable creatures, and it is not right to relegate them to the role of specimens.
A few years ago I visited an exhibit similar in purpose to this one where the chickens were kept in insanitary conditions and covered with lice and mites. Their food and water bowls were unclean and their housing was barren. They were unhealthy and unhappy. The museum manager said, "This is how they did it back in the old days."
In traditional farming, chickens seldom received veterinary care, but in today's world it is imperative that chickens have access to reliable veterinary care.