1. I don't have space for a coop. I have the mansion of all coops, but I'm in the minority. You can get all in one chicken coops and yard fence in a small space, which easily houses 4 chickens. I started with the Pawhut 88" coop which is really a small amount of space. We kept it in the small corner of our backyard, and it was just fine. I didn't build the "chicken mansion" until I had 6-8 hens.
2. It's expensive to own chickens. I've found quite the opposite. Once my hens started laying, I was able to sell enough of my eggs to pay for their food. Yes, I spent about $100 to get started, but since then, I have barely spent anything. In fact, my chickens are garbage disposals in their own right. If I have bread that went bad, or if I have extra fruits or vegetables, or watermelon and pumpkin rinds, they are more than happy to take care of them for me! My reward? Amazing compost. But that's another post.
3. Chickens smell. That is mainly due to the poo. I've found that when I compost their waste, I can control the smell. If your coop starts to stink, you can add herbs to combat the smell. I have mint in jars on the outside of the coop...I'll snip a piece, dry it, and crumble it in their coop when things start to get smelly. If you want quicker relief, you can use a coop deodorizer. I've used the Mana Pro Coop and Compost Deodorizer. It natural and doesn't harm my hens if they happen to taste it.
4. Chickens are mean. I've never had a mean chicken. Of course, I spend time with them from the second I bring them home, and they grow up used to both humans and dogs. My chickens like to play and "talk" to me, and the only time they peck at me is when I have a treat in my hand (or I'm wearing colorful nail polish).
5. I don't have time. Chickens take up very little time. Even when I travel, my chickens are easy to take care of. You can use large feeders (although we made our own out of large PVC piping and a lid...we have 3 of these), a self opening coop door (you can buy one here or spend less money and DIY with these awesome plans) and a 5 gallon waterer . I've also been known to pay helpers with $10 and all the eggs they collect.
Now that we've had chickens for nearly 4 years, even my hubby gets excited when hatching season is upon us. He enjoys watching them run around, and he has even learned to play with them. I daresay, he likes them ALMOST as much as I do! I hope I've pointed out how rewarding backyard chickens are. If you have any questions, or have any backyard chickens myths you want me to dispel, I welcome your feedback below!