So, after talking with a friend of mine, he was surprised I was getting chickens in the city I live in. I stated that I checked the City Code and it does not mention anywhere that chickens are not allowed. It did say turkey, so thinking I was in the clear, I built my coop (as some of you might have been following). Anyway, he told me yesterday that chickens were not allowed up until 2015. Doing more research, I found that my city indeed passed an ordinance that chickens MAY be kept, but here's the catch:
Chickens can only be kept in "non-populous" areas of the city (I live dead center)
Chicken coops must be a minimum of 20 feet from the nearest property line (mine is about 3 feet)
You must apply for a permit ($300) and adhere to all inspections, have a predator proof coop(mine would be), and can have up to 5 hens, no rooster(I was only getting 3 hens anyway)
IF found keeping chickens without a permit, owners will be subject to fines, and repossession of any birds.
So all this work, for nothing. I know it was my own fault for not FULLY investigating, or even calling the town first, but I thought I was in the clear.
We are now considering switching to rabbits. I am not going to have an empty coop just sit there and rot. However, can't really find any good "rabbit forums" that discuss in depth like here does for chickens. I don't know if I need a mesh floor (which would entail me ripping up my linoleum floor to add mesh (for cleanup of course) or rabbit behaviors when it comes to pooping/peeing. If they have outside access, with they poop and pee out there, and not inside the coop? If someone can point me in the right direction, or even personal message me if you have experience raising backyard rabbits (pets, not meat)
Trying to turn lemons into lemonade here and keep the kids happy.
Here is the coop as it stands yesterday. I started adding the cloth prior to knowing about the chickens, but going to need it anyway for rabbits.