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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:22 PM

Rental Search, Caused by Storm, Is Complicated by Pet Chickens.

Ms. Kirshner, 27, grew up on a farm in Washington State, home to goats, sheep and, yes, chickens, which when she was young she was charged with caring for. As an adult living in Brooklyn, she arranged to have chickens again, for the eggs, but mostly for fun. The four she currently has — Chicki Minaj, Hillary Chicken, Black Betty and Salt Hen Peppa, who is also called Cookie Dough — were born in New Jersey in May. . .

Ms. Kirshner and Mr. Kumagai are searching for a place for themselves and for their fluffy pets.

They hope to find an apartment nearby, so Mr. Kumagai, 39, an artist and a graphic designer, can bike to his studio. And it must have a functional kitchen so Ms. Kirshner, who recently started a recipe publication, Sweets & Bitters Quarterly, can test recipes.

For now, Ms. Kirshner is staying with family and Mr. Kumagai has been staying with friends or sleeping at his office. To accommodate the chickens, they would need a yard, or access to a community garden or a nearby lot where the coop can be parked.

While the couple understand they may have to say goodbye to their pets, they are still trying to get the word out through friends, through real estate agents and through Twitter. In any event, Ms. Kirshner says, the heroism of her neighbors (“I don’t know if I would have done that!” she acknowledged quietly) has helped her cope.

“It is going to be O.K.,” she said, because “amazing, hilarious things still happen.”


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