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Need A Chicken Sitter? Easy Acres Has Your Back

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It's hard to be an urban homesteader on the go. Any neighbor can water your sustainable garden when you're out of town, but who is going to watch the chickens?That question is popping up for urban farmers from Culver City to Monrovia, and they're turning to the services of a new fixture on the local farming scene: Easy Acres Chicken Sitting. Anna Goeser, a long-time urban farmer who hails from Oregon, started her business this year and now she's doing brisk business as a chicken-sitter.

"Once I had my own chickens, I realized I could never go anywhere. People babysit dogs and cats all the time, but when it comes to chickens, they don’t really know what to do," Goeser told The Eastsider. "A few people needed someone to watch their chickens over the holidays, so I thought I’d give it a try."

For a daily rate, Goeser will feed, medicate and clean up after your chickens. She'll collect any eggs they have laid and make sure the chickens come home to roost. She'll also give you pointers on your garden.

Is there any urban homesteading challenge she'll turn down?

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“I turned down one business proposition to take care of 13 parrots, a flock of chickens, parrots, and a dog and a cat. It was too big a menagerie for me, like a jungle on Mulholland.”