Originally Posted by jimbob86
THIS is why the chicken laws tend to be so strict...... It's like they KNOW y'all can't count.
When you get right down to it, the numbers that REALLY count, to your neighbors (and thus for the laws, and enforcement of same) are the number of times your chickens bother them (noise, odors, flies, etc) vs. number of times your chickens benfit them (gifted eggs, etc.)....... a cockerel poops just as much as a pullet, and is noisier, so must count as least as much, if not more....... just sayin' ......
I don't keep roosters, the ones I have at the moment still cheep and when they do more than cheep they will go to the farm to grow big enough for the freezer, that's all part of hatching eggs, you don't get to choose if it's a boy or girl.
As for the neighbours this is not the city, every other person has chooks, I give them eggs occasionally, but it's not to buy them off, I give them just because. their yappy little dogs make far more noise than even my most vocal hen who you only hear when she's laid.
Count properly and you'll see I actually only have 2 more hens than council permits, I know the animal control guy, he would just shrug his shoulders,
the rest are chicks, I never said anywhere that I'd be keeping them, most only just hatched out!
Also I spend time every day in that pen and the only time it smells is when it's been raining more than normal, if your chickens smell you might want to look into what's causing it because it's not normalEdited by ChristieB - 10/18/15 at 9:50pm