Could I « Rent A Chicken » At a Hatchery Nearby?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by greatpearl, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. greatpearl

    greatpearl In the Brooder

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    hi everybody! I have never raised chickens (but my father has) and we want to get a few, but our city doesn’t allow them! We were thinking that maybe we could keep chickens at a nearby farm and collect the eggs there, but they won’t live on our property. It’s like a person who practices horseriding and keep their horses at a public stable.

    If such a deal could exist, I would be able to visit the chicken 5 days a week as the hatchery is a town over. Has anyone ever seen/done this before? If anyone has any advice, please don’t hesitate to reply!

    (EDIT) thank you for all the feedback everybody. I assume the term I was looking for was "local farm" instead of hatchery. I know a few local farmers that I could potentially whip up a deal with.

    Also, apologies if I make any mistakes! I’m new :frow
     
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  2. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Guess that would depend on where you lived Welcome anyways does your charter say no birds ot just hens?
    Like I said Welcome to Backyard Chickens
     
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  3. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    Hatcheries are closed facilities to protect against diseases. So the public are not allowed on site where the birds are kept.
     
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  4. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    I have a friend who volunteers at a horse rescue. There are various other barnyard animals that the rescue has acquired over the years and she gets to visit with all of them regularly in exchange for a little work and a little love. This includes a flock of chickens, and on days she volunteers she gets to bring home some eggs. Maybe there is something near you where you can help out.
     
  5. not sure a hatchery would be the place to look for that kind of situation.. I bet you could find an old farmer who would work something out with you, maybe in exchange for a little help.. then you would have the fun of taking care of chickens and the satisfaction of helping someone
     
  6. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Enabler

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    I know someone who runs a operation like you describe. People buy shares in chickens for eggs. Depending on how many chickens, you can get so many eggs. Say 3 chickens so 2 dozen eggs every 2 weeks as an example. Or something similar.
     
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  7. snowflake

    snowflake Crowing

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    that is an interesting idea, the animal rescue would be a good place to start. we have one near us and they have lots of spare chickens, people don't want any more. they always can use help:) and some one to buy feed
     
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  8. Hamiam

    Hamiam Crowing

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    :welcome I doubt a hatchery would allow it because of bio security. But a local farmer, ranch or horse stable/property may be willing. I once spoke with someone on BYC that lived overseas. I can't remember exactly how it worked, but something about there being property set aside by the community that people apply to get a part of to raise chickens & gardens. There maybe places like this in some U.S. Cities. When you get a chance, add your location to your profile. That way it will show under your avatar & members won't have to keep asking you.
    If you find a location, there are a lot of chicken tractor ideas on BYC. That way, you could move it to a different location if needed. Have you though about fighting for ordinance changes?
     
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  9. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    I have seen something similar to what @AlleysChicks mentions as well. I think it was advertised as a farm co-op. People can buy shares and then pick up their meat or veggies or whatever on some sort of regular schedule.
     
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  10. greatpearl

    greatpearl In the Brooder

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    thanks for the welcome!
    Here's the ordinance:
    - Keeping of domestic animals and fowl.
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    No person shall shelter, exhibit, market, raise, harbor, breed, house or maintain within the city any animal or domestic fowl except dogs, cats, fowl or animals commonly classified as pet.

    Would a chicken count as a pet if not used for egg or meat production and specifically for companionship?
     
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