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The Wifey Poo and I are an older couple and we're sick of living in the city- time to get back to our farmin' roots and its a LONG haul from Tacoma, WA to Mena, AR

 

(1)  Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?  Think it was back on the farm around 1976ish or so.  I so hate plucking chickens- then I saw the "Wizz-Bang Chicken Plucker" on Youtube and it's like "Ohhh yeah, this'll work!!"

(2)  How many chickens do you have right now?  Zero- but once we get on the half acre in Mena, I'll have roughly .25ish acres (The Back Yard) to put them on.  Uncertain how big of a flock I should have.

(3)  What breeds do you have?

(4)  How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com?  Search engine- I think I stumbled upon the idea from Youtube and then I just typed in "Urban chickens" or something similar.

(5) What are some of your other hobbies?  KD7KBG, 1981 Honda CX500C with a pull behind trailer, and thinking of going back into locksmithing part time.

(6)  Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.  Been everywhere, done everything- Started out in the Army, became a Drill Sgt with the 104th Tng Regiment 2nd Battalion back in 1988, Boeing engineer from 1988 to 1996, repaired copying machines all over New England based out of Burlington, MA.  Came back to Washington when my Dad was dying- and I've sold cars, drilled wells, worked as an electrician, and finally did what my hearts desire was- to be a locksmith.  Finally medically retired as one of the top locksmiths in the United States but that crap about "Retirement being a goal"?  Nope,,,Nopers,,,it sucks.  So going back to the farm.  Going to Mena because the land is cheap and I've got friends there since the family's dead or have moved on. 

 

Half of me wants to attend Sunset School of Preaching; the flip side of that coin is the former Army Drill Sgt who knows the best way how to swear and is a very base person.  Such as the spiritual war continues...it doesn't help that I damaged my brain while in the Army so I'm now 100% disabled per the VA and Social Security.  I can't hold a job but I might be able to work for myself- I don't know, but willing to take a shot at it.

May the power be with you Bro, from central Louisiana, i know where Mena is

post #12 of 26

Thank you for your years in service.  You certainly are a jack of all trades.  We are fortunate that your joined the flock.  Hope things work out for you as planned.

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Thank You for your kind words.  I've been talking with my friend in Mena and he says chickens are illegal within the city limits.  OK, so therefore I shall plan to persuade the City Counsel to allow a certain sized flock per size of lot and change the laws.  Seems I read where the rule of thumb was 4' by 4' per bird, I could write a proposal of 1 cock and 3 hens per 1/10th an acre for eggers, and 1 cock and 6 hens per quarter acre or something similar.  Have to play with the number's a bit- it has be enough birds to make it worthwhile, but low enough not to anger the neighbors.   Any thoughts, comments or ideas on how I should do this?

post #14 of 26
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Update on Mena- I sent a letter to each of the City Board asking to get a zoning variance to own chickens.  Their reply was "We don't care what livestock you own just don't abuse them and you can't raise them for commercial purposes".  Very cool!

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~ The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong w/ the world ~
"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." - Coco Chanel
"Dark times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy." Dumbledore (RIP)

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."

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post #16 of 26
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Well, I see it's been over a year since I've given an update- finally got the financing, and ended up getting 1.5 acres with a river in the back yard!  Awesome- should be able to have a great garden and chickens!

 

Address will be 102 Polk Rd 627, Mena, AR, 71953- you can see it from Google Earth and stuff.  Won't close until 5 Feb. 2016 and the current owners haven't moved out yet.  But its HOPE!  And its CHICKENS!  And its A GARDEN!

 

Beats the living daylight out of our current address:  4810 127th St. Ct. SW, Lakewood, WA, 98499-5858.  Look at that from Google Earth and try not to throw up!  :lau:celebrate

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Well, I see it's been over a year since I've given an update- finally got the financing, and ended up getting 1.5 acres with a river in the back yard!  Awesome- should be able to have a great garden and chickens!

 

Address will be 102 Polk Rd 627, Mena, AR, 71953- you can see it from Google Earth and stuff.  Won't close until 5 Feb. 2016 and the current owners haven't moved out yet.  But its HOPE!  And its CHICKENS!  And its A GARDEN!

 

Beats the living daylight out of our current address:  4810 127th St. Ct. SW, Lakewood, WA, 98499-5858.  Look at that from Google Earth and try not to throw up!  :lau:celebrate

 

Good luck with your new adventure. Feb. 5th will be here before you know it!

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post #18 of 26
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You have NO idea how often the wife and I have counted down the days.  In a 32 by 28 foot apartment we've so far got 55 boxes stacked literally to the ceiling in the front room and the hallways!  We are DONE!

post #19 of 26

Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. You have a very good and thorough introduction. Thank you for your years of service to our country. :o) My brother-in-law, who passed away recently, was a 100% disabled former Marine Drill Sgt. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.  

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Oh you have NO idea how much the Daughter and I have gone through the learning center.  I told her "Don't get banties- I grew up with them.  They're small and can be mean- hence the term "Bantam weight" boxing".

 

"Oh no! They're just pets!  I named them Sue, Bridget, Wilma, and Sandy"

 

"Meah.  You should have named them fryer, roaster, broiler and baker".

 

My kid didn't think that was funny,,,,

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