Busy Body Neighbors

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by cafe, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. cafe

    cafe In the Brooder

    May 12, 2010
    West Central Indiana
    I have been half holding my breath since I brought my girls home a week ago Monday. It's legal to have chickens in the city limits here but I suspect it isn't common knowledge and as far as I know, there aren't a lot of people do it. My neighborhood has a lot of empty nesters and retirees and they are pretty picky about things. I wasn't sure what kind of reaction I'd get, though I was pretty sure I'd get one.

    Several days ago, my neighbor that lives katty-corner from me popped over to see if he thought he saw what he saw. "Oh! That's what that is. I didn't know what that thing (my tractor) was for, if you was growin something or what." It turns out that he had wanted chickens himself, but his mom discouraged him from having them in town, so he didn't get them. I don't know when that was, but I'll be forty before the summer's out and he's older than me, but that's between them, lol. He told me I could come over and pick some of his raspberries (he has a magnificent vegetable garden) and that I could cut a starter from his plants. So that went extremely well.

    What I was really waiting for, though, were the two little old ladies that walk their little dogs every evening. I know one of them is somewhat pugnacious. So the other night, I was out there when they came by and she demands to know why I have chickens. I innocently replied that I had heard that they laid eggs. Then she announces to me (somewhat belligerently) that you can't have chickens in town. I told her that, actually, you could. I'd had my mom check with the animal control guys at work and I had downloaded the city codes to make sure. Then she wanted to know how many I had and I asked her why she wanted to know and asked if they were bothering her. Eventually, not only did she back down, she actually warmed up. I guess she used to keep chickens herself because people would dump off the baby chicks they'd gotten their kids for Easter on her. She said she'd ended up supplying that whole neighborhood with eggs. Then she asked me what color eggs they laid and when I said brown, she said those were the best. When they moved on we were on pleasant terms (Thank God!).

    So today, I was outside getting the girls settled in for the night and she asked me how many eggs I was getting and I told her one a day so far. She said if it got to where I had more eggs than I could use, to sell my extras to her! I told her I would.

    She actually kind of reminds me of my grandma that I lost in 1999 and I miss very much, so I have a soft spot for that kind of person. If they don't like you, you're in trouble, but if they decide they do like you, you've got the fiercest ally you could ever ask for.

    I am so pleasantly surprised and relieved. I hope I will get similar reactions from my other neighbors because I am really loving having chickens so far. When I here from Glenn, the neighborhood general, I will like I have heard from on high. He hasn't called me or "happened" to be at the mailbox at the same time as me, so I'm guessing whatever his opinion is (and possibly the rest of the opinions are) it's not urgent.

    So far, so good!
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Hopefully, all will be well. Good start!
  3. colowyo0809

    colowyo0809 Songster

    Apr 27, 2010
    Dacono, CO
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    Congrats! Having the support of your neighbors, whether overt or covert, is always very good! It helps to have the specifics of the law on hand so if anyone has questions or concerns you can answer them quickly and compently.

    Good job and good luck!
  4. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    Nice story, i thought it was going to turn bad for a while. I'm too used to reading all the neighbor and chicken fight stories.

  5. cafe

    cafe In the Brooder

    May 12, 2010
    West Central Indiana
    I'm pretty happy that it's going so well so far. [​IMG]

    Fowl aren't on the pets or livestock list and the only city ordinances about them seem to be a reaction to the fad of selling chicks, ducklings, and baby rabbits as Easter gifts for children. So it's kind of wild west.

    Essentially, I just can't maintain a public nuisance or do anything stupid enough to provoke the city into creating ordinances regarding fowl. I want to be instrumental in opening doors for backyard chickens, not getting them closed and deadbolted! [​IMG]
  6. hoosier

    hoosier Songster

    I am glad things are going well for you.
    I see you have a Blue Orp. . . [​IMG]

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