Metropolis man reaps benefits of raising chickens


Johnette Worak
Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

This is how breakfast starts at Darrell Burnett's house in Metropolis: he gets up early to gather the eggs from his chicken house out back.

"We get around 18 per day and I usually pick them up before work," Burnett said.

Burnett is a medical technologist at Lourdes in Paducah, but chickens are his passion. He has about 50 of them, both big and small.

"This is my sanctuary," Burnett said. "The chickens, the garden, the fresh air, the environment here, it is my break from all the stress I have at work."

Every once in a while, Burnett ruffles a few feathers, but his chickens actually have a pretty good life. Their chicken house is larger than some apartments and is solar-heated.

"It's probably the most extravagant chicken coop around," Burnett said. "I built it like this because I had the glass. Our home used to be solar and we had glass so the coop was built to accommodate it."

Burnett says he likes knowing where his food comes from and what's in it. He doesn't use chemicals anywhere on his property, and his chickens are free range so they pretty much rule the roost.

"They're not confined," Burnett said. "They can eat grasses or bugs or whatever else they want to eat. It does add to the flavor."

In exchange, Burnett gets the freshest and most nutritious food. Now isn't that something to crow about.