chickens in subdivision???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fredntan2, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. fredntan2

    fredntan2 Hatching

    Apr 23, 2008
    Hi you'll,
    cant believe I'm posting on a chicken website.

    DD wants some chickens, we live in wooded subdivision over 2 acres. our covenents don't say anything about farm animals or chickens.

    Do any of you'll live in subdivisions? One of her friends in neighboring subdivision is getting chickens. I grew up on farm-raised chicken/cows/tobacco. Had best chickens in county cording to 4H. They were so spoiled.

    Neighbors are um *&$^*$#, could care less what they think-they have some barking dogs. Hubby said he would put fence up, to keep wandering dogs out/foxes too!

    What do you'll think-dd is 15 and doens't give us any trouble-and if it s some chickens she wants then maybe so.

    Do you'll have a little chicken smileyface?[​IMG]
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  2. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    We have them on 1/4 acre in suburbia. It's legal here, so, I really don't care what the neighbors think [​IMG] Our kids LOVE the chickens.
  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Quote:You betcha. Go to Smilies at right side of posting page. There;s like 3!

  4. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    And we, too, live in suburbia. Last summer the papers were blaring this headline:

    11 year old girl
    (aka me) changes city ordinance to allow pet hens!

    Um, yeah, totally let your daughter have chickens; in this world of dating and TV everyone should have a few (or a bunch of) pet chickens! They're fun, educational, and give you eggs; what more could you want???!! Breeding must be fun... wish I could have a roo!
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  5. puckbunny87

    puckbunny87 In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2008
    Norco, CA
    Hehehe... I live in the "city" at the moment, and I have chickens despite the stupid "5 acre" law.

    I do not have 5 acres. I do not need 5 acres for three chickens. My neighbor thinks the chickens are adorable...and as long as they stay quiet, she does not mind them. Other neighbors have barking dogs...and I just neglected to ask them. I will keep my little hens, unless someone raises a stink.... then they will go to live at my mother in law's house, with my 15 other chickens [​IMG]

    I guess, the only advice I can offer is make sure your DD understands that is push comes to shove, and she has to get rid of her chickens, will she be able to handle it?

    Other than that, I am a firm believer that subdivision rules are idiotic. I can have 4 dogs in my yard, but not a single chicken? Chickens are much less messy than dogs. And they don't bite kids.

    Welcome, btw~
  6. jnjross

    jnjross Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    do you have a home owners association? if you do i'd ask them. my sister got one then was told to find it a new home or she would be finding a new home.
  7. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    yes findout whats allowed in your area.your dd would be heartbroken if yall got then had to get rid of them because of the rules.but with 2acs you should be able to have hens if you want.
  8. Stella1964

    Stella1964 Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    Ontario Canada
    We live in a hamlet with 3/4 acre properties all around us, nice large houses and a few farms in the distance. The local ordanances says we're not allowed to have farm animals in our back yard because we live on an "estate" street, however we didn't think 4 chickens for eggs would be problem. So to keep the peace, we checked with the local ordanances guy at city hall, he said he wouldn't do anything about it unless someone complained. We checked with our immediate neighbours who think it's a great idea, as long as we don't have roosters (which we don't), so it's working out just fine!

    I think more and more people are realizing that along with clothes lines, having chickens is making use of a very natural resource.

    Good luck!
  9. fredntan2

    fredntan2 Hatching

    Apr 23, 2008
    Thanks for all you're replies, and thanks for editing my post(sometimes I forget about the curse words-sorry)

    I look forward to looking around thie board-this one seems very busy.

    Just makes so much sense to have some chickens in backyard-thats only like 20 feet my eggs have to travel instead of 200 or so miles-less impact on environment.

    can't wait to have some chickens clucking around!!!!
  10. BradyMSU

    BradyMSU In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2008
    Marshall, Michigan
    I live on a double city lot. My property is 200' by 50'. I have 18 chicks and plan on keeping five hens and a rooster. My city law allows me to have chickens (including roosters) as long as the coop and run is located more than 50' from a neighbor's dwelling unless the neighbors give me written permission to keep them closer. My coop is 70' from the nearest neighbors house. Despite being legal though, I think it is more important to be neighborly. Legal or not, you're far better off if you're neighbors are fine with you having chickens. For me this meant inviting the neighbor kids to come over with their parents to see the chicks. I gave them all a tour of the coop and fenced in run. I promised them eggs. I told them I planned to keep a rooster but to tell me if he was too noisy and I would have him slaughtered. And I used the word slaughtered so they understood the fate that would befall the rooster if they had an objection to him. [​IMG]

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