In the new issue of Architectural Digest, former “Simple Life” star Nicole Richie talks about her five chickens, which she bought "three years ago."
The chickens – Tallulah, Philomena, Mama Cass, Sunny, and Daisy – all live at her Beverly Hills home. She reflected, "I was in New York at the Met Ball, and I came home and they were delivered the same day. I raised them inside my house for about six weeks, and then it was time for them to have a coop.”
After Richie brought them home, she moved to a different home. She said, "The new house didn’t have a coop. We had to build them one, so we did a miniature version of my own house in terms of color and style. I wanted one color palette throughout. It’s gray.”
Richie is planning to add three more chickens to the family. She explained, "Martha Stewart said it best: Chickens just give, give, give, and there’s nothing bad about them. They are the easiest animals to take care of, they are so much fun for kids, and they just give me beautiful colored eggs every day.”
While her kids are excited to have the chickens as part of the family, husband Joel Madden has a more nonchalant attitude. She said, "Joel has looked at them maybe two times. When he has friends over and wants to be cool, then he’ll talk about our chickens and give his friends a tour, but otherwise, he doesn’t care about our chickens.”
Though she does eat chicken, she doesn’t eat her own. She emphasized, "They have names. I have spent time with them. But yes: I still eat it. I cook them. I salt and brine them. There’s no connection. I’m able to separate it.”