Hi there. I'm in the research stage of figuring out what I'd need to do to raise hens for eggs on my 2 acre property in Newtown. I'd like to have 8 hens for our family of four. If you started from scratch, can you tell me: do I need a zoning permit for a coop large enough to house that many birds? We just moved to this property last month and in cutting back some wildly overgrown forsythia and wild grape vine, I found a small coop - guessing it might house 2-3 hens at most...
I'd prefer to free range some heritage breeds, but doubt one of my dogs would behave herself so am thinking about using a chicken tractor during the day and putting them into a secure (insulated?) coop at night.
I have a bunch of adult onset allergies and until last week thought eggs was one of them. Turns out it's only eggs from hens fed soy (trialed some eggs from Tropical Traditions)! Since I can't find any such eggs in CT, I plan to have fun tending our own small flock & reaping the fertilizer and egg rewards.
Any advise/tips would be greatly appreciated!