Aspiring urban chicken owner

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LBP24, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. LBP24

    LBP24 New Egg

    Apr 24, 2009
    Good morning all,

    I am a long-time resident of the Chicago suburbs and became interested about a year ago in keeping chickens. This project is still in an early stage of development, and I'm not planning on starting until next spring (2010)--this spring is far too busy already with a (greatly) expanded veg patch and honeybees!

    One of the big challenges I face is *finding* a place to raise chickens--my suburb does not allow chickens (but has no limits on the number of dogs you can keep???) which will lead to my first post. But I'm also interested in general topics such as breeds, coop designs and placement, and how to keep hens happy and healthy over a nasty winter.

    Looking forward to lots of interesting reading over the coming year!
  2. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008
  3. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    [​IMG] from North Carolina!
  4. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Welcome!! There's a ton of info here, and you'll soon be so addicted you'll change your laws out of desperation! We're glad to have another future junkie in our opium den!

  5. Jena

    Jena The Welsh Witch

    Nov 2, 2008

    Hoping you can find a way to move forward with your plans.
  6. daisychick

    daisychick Incubator Tetris Master Consultant

    Feb 8, 2009
    Welcome! You can learn a lot here and then when you "can" have chickens you will be set!
  7. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
    from out west
  8. australorpchick

    australorpchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2009
    Canyon Lake, TX

    I had the same predicament about where to house my birds. I put an ad in craigslist and got a few responses. I ended up moving my birds to a horse stable. My coop is 4' x 8' enclosed in a 7' x 13' dog run. As long as you don't plan on taking up too much room, I'm sure there are a lot of people who have extra land who wouldn't mind free eggs and maybe a couple of bucks a month.
  9. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

    Feb 26, 2009
    Madison County, Iowa
    [​IMG] Welcome from Iowa!
    Keep reading! There's so much to learn there at BYC!
  10. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN

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