By Anessa V. Cohen

Meeting a variety of people is always a new experience–someone with a new concept, a new idea, a new outlook on life! So many different personalities with so many slants on how life should be lived. I certainly never find meeting new people boring, and there are always new friends to add to my small place in this world. Taking out some of these new friends to find houses can also be a unique experience, since different people seek different houses that fit into how they see life, based on their individual lifestyles.

Some people choose more or less along the lines of the lifestyle chosen by their many friends, and then some choose to stand out completely from everyone else with unusual choices that may make you raise your eyebrows. But then you shrug your shoulders and say, “To each his own!” and then just smile because they were just such nice people!

I had an opportunity to visit one such couple recently, with whom I became friendly after selling them their new home. With the winter having so much snow this year, I had not seen them in several months after they closed on their new home and was anxious to see how they were doing.

After I called to see if it was all right to drop by, Janie (not her real name) said in passing, “Oh, I am so glad you are coming by. I want you to see all that we have done since we closed on the house!” I happily replied that I could not wait since she had probably done such great things. She replied, “Yeah, we did a lot of great stuff. But wait until you see the chicken coop we put in the backyard, and we got egg-laying chickens!” I happened to be drinking coffee when she said this and found myself with coffee all over my desk after hearing her news.

“What? Are you for real? That is hysterical. Do you need a license for them?”

“Yeah–and no, you don’t need a license,” she replied. “We always wanted to have a chicken coop with chickens and now we can, what with the big backyard we now have! Wait until you meet them. Their names are Daisy, Violet, Henrietta, Marigold, and Petunia!”

That was it–snow or no snow, I had to go over there and see these chickens. So off I went to her house so I can report to you, my dear readers, whether she really had chickens.

I was freezing, there was snow and ice all around, but I stomped my feet and knocked on the door. Janie opened the door smiling and said to me, “What a surprise! I cannot believe you came out in this weather to see me. I am really honored! Come, let me show all the new things I have done in the house. Let’s start in the kitchen and I will make coffee!”

“How about you show me the chickens first,” I said. “I just must see how you are keeping chickens here.”

“Okay,” she said, “but please be very calm and gentle, or they will stop laying eggs.”

Out we went, and lo behold she really had chickens!

When I got back home, I started to think, what do you get a new homeowner who raises chickens? So I started Googling. “Mother Nature Network” wrote of eight different things available to buy for chicken lovers. I also found a quote from the New York Times, which had an article about the new trend in pets: “New trendy pets whose popularity fluctuates like hemlines, chickens have proven to have staying power.” Beyond just being a unique pet, chickens are, as the Times put it, “a symbol of urban nirvana, their coops backyard shrines to a locavore movement that has city dwellers moving ever closer to their food.” Not only do chickens fill the role of pet, but they make eggs!

The article in Mother Nature Network continues to say that they figured that the chicken craze jumped the proverbial shark when Williams-Sonoma launched the “agrarian” line, their selection of romanticized farming gear and quaint coops that promise to turn anyone’s scrappy backyard into a Martha Stewart photo spread. But the chickens keep coming, as do their accessories.

One sampling chicken aficionados can buy for their birds: chicken diapers. Not that people infantilize their pets or anything, but, well . . . just in case you need to diaper your chicken, you can do so with a stylish selection of diapers from Pampered Poultry. The company promises that the diapers, $12.50 each, “fit comfortably and allow you to enjoy your birds in the house or car without worry!”

So there you have it, folks! I will buy diapers for the chickens and that should do the trick. If only Williams-Sonoma were still on Central Avenue, I would not have to wait now for the UPS truck. v

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker and a licensed N.Y.S. mortgage originator with over 20 years of experience, offering full-service residential, commercial, and management real-estate services (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and mortgaging services (First Meridian Mortgage) in the Five Towns and throughout the tri-state area. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to


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