Does ANYbody in Colorado Have Chickens?!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by featherpets, May 16, 2009.

  1. featherpets

    featherpets New Egg

    May 16, 2009
    Hi, I need HELP from fellow chicken people. [​IMG] I have recently become a statistic - through divorce and a long stretch of unemployement I am forced to try and sell my house before it's foreclosed. Thankfully I have a Brother in Fort Collins Colorado that is willing to try and help me and my 12 yr old daughter relocate. We live in a very rural area of Minnesota where farms, cows and chickens are part of daily life.
    Here's my Impending Disaster.... we have 16 chickens & 4 ducks. I have been looking for a rent-to-own home or rental house for weeks now. Nobody in Colorado seems to think chickens are pets. I keep getting suggestions from insensative people telling us to just "eat" them or give them away. Would they tell me to do that with our dog.... These chickens are very important to my daughter. She has raised them since they hatched. She has names for each of them, she plays with them almost daily. One silly rooster even lets her dress him up in little costumes she makes for him. She cried herself to sleep last night because she couldn't stop thinking about having to give them up. And I must admit - I am shedding my fair share of tears over it too. They are our PETS.
    Does anybody live in the Loveland / Ft. Collins area with Chickens?
    Can anybody offer some advice or helpful suggestions?
    Thank you.
  2. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
  3. NHN

    NHN Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2008
    I live in Longmont and helped to get an ordinance passed to allow hens. But we had an uphill battle because so many people were against it. People are very ignorant unfortunately. All I can say is Don't give up! Fort Collins does allow hens and I think Loveland does as well.
  4. featherpets

    featherpets New Egg

    May 16, 2009
    That is encouraging that they allow hens in some towns but WHERE do I find rentals that allow pets? Everything I see is over $1000 a month. Out here where I live now there are sometimes farmers who have an old farmhouse sitting empty or a second home on their property that they are willing to rent - - I don't have a clue how to look for something like that in Colorado. ?????
  5. beak

    beak On vacation

    Dec 12, 2008
    Kiowa, Colorado
    I hate to say it, but you probably wouldn't want to live anywhere the rent is below 1000 a month. At least in a house. The metro area which extends from Ft Collins to Colorado Springs is expensive. Lots of Ca immigrants that made big bucks on their houses 10 years ago. Drove the market up here. You may be able to find somebody that has a small house on their property that they rent out. Sometimes a loft over a garage. Then you could keep the chickens and give some to the landlord.

    God luck. Colorado is a real nice place to live.
  6. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2008
    Quote:Actually I lived in Fort Collins for several years and you can find cheap housing, only catch is you have to move over by the university. You can find a house for under $800 I'm sure of it. And as far as pets go, well I don't have to tell you that landlords who cater to students don't tend to have a lot of rules, in fact they would probably be thrilled you're NOT a student.

    What I would do if I were you, is get in touch with Student Services at Colorado State and see if they have a website for rentals (just tell them you are a prospective student). It would be a whole lot easier to find something once you get there because they have rentals posted up everywhere around campus and all the local coffee shops and bagel places.

    CSU is an animal science school so many places north of Ft Collins will actually rent horse property. Don't give up - you'll find something. [​IMG]

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