Greetings from Albany, NY

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by StealthChickens, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. StealthChickens

    StealthChickens New Egg

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    Hello there - first post to this site. I just bought 2 silkies from a wonderful person on craigslist in Petersburg, NY. She mentioned this site and here I am. Right now - we just have 2 silkies while I get my feet wet. I wanted to get chickens for free-range eggs so my 3 yo daughter develops a better understanding of food (we also have 5 fruit trees, a strawberry patch, 2 blueberry bushes, raised bed veggie garden and asparagus area all on a 50 x 150 foot lot in the middle of Albany). My objective is that we come home and get one thing to eat from the yard each day. It will be my 3 yo job to take care of the chickens and collect the eggs when they start laying. Granted, 2 silkies won't feed the house, but we're just newbies.

    Currently, chickens aren't allowed in Albany, but I spent time talking to all direct neighbors and everyone was fine with it. I have a beautifully maintained yard (tons of perennials) and a good friend gave me a rabbit hutch that we're using as a chicken house. I put the hutch between my house and a 6 foot privacy fence, allowing about 10 x 40 feet to roam. We may expand to a couple more since these two ladies are very unobtrusive, hiding under the hutch or underneath a low evergreen bush). You'd never even know we had them without getting down on your hands and knees to look under the hutch. My only disadvantage is the rest of my yard is viewable through black chain link fence, but the hutch is around the back side of the house, only viewable to one house - through an upper floor window [​IMG]

    This morning, my daughter wanted to eat breakfast outside near the ladies, as we call t hem - so we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the yard.

    I'll probably have lots of questions and look forward to corresponding with other area locals and those on this forum. I'm also looking forward to advocating for a more chicken-friendly city.

    Sandra
     
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