Hello from Cincinnati Ohio

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Autumn Leaves, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. Autumn Leaves

    Autumn Leaves Songster

    Aug 31, 2014
    Cincinnati Ohio
    I just realized I never made my introduction post (and I need to get 20 posts to buy some eggs).

    Hi all,

    I'm new to chickens and have some hatching eggs headed my way in October. I want to have a small egg laying flock of chickens and ducks. Right now I'm leaning to Orphingtons, Australorps and Magpie Ducks!

    It's been a long road as I have spent a lot of time making sure they are legal at my home. I started researching in May. I burned through so many hours on the phone with officials trying to find if I was in a "platted" or "unplatted" subdivision. Reading the Ohio Revised Code is no fun! I am 99.9999% certain I am allowed chickens with no restrictions on my property (3 acres outside of Cincinnati) but I'm still nervous as I have seen people loose their chickens to upset neighbors - and the law is so confusing!

    I am a nurse and my husband works IT. I have an 8 year old Australian Shepherd who will be my flock protector when they are out and about. She is amazing with small animals. I also have a 1 year old indoor cat (who can't be trusted), a 6 month old Flemish Giant rabbit buck and a ~6 year old Califorian rabbit buck. Both rabbits are house pets and litterbox trained, but they hate each other. Merlin, the flemish, has his neuter appointment soon so I'm hoping after that they may tolerate each other.

    I've been clearing the spot for my coop and run and am about to test out my incubator. Its nice to meet everyone!

    And if anyone local has any hatching eggs for sale give me a shout!
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sounds like you really did your homework on the laws before you got your chickens! Have you called your local city hall yet? They should be able to tell all you need to know I would think. I have never had to deal with neighbors and keeping chickens, but I would imagine as long as you don't keep any roosters, keep your birds under control and not allowed to devour the neighbors prized flower beds, keep your coop clean, then I would think the neighbors surely wouldn't mind. And who doesn't love farm fresh eggs! So take a dozen over to the neighbors occasionally. :)

    You might want to do some chatting in your state thread with your chicken neighbors. Maybe someone nearby has some hatching eggs for you...https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/12049/ohio-come-on-buckeyes-let-me-know-your-out-there

    Those are some nice breeds you are choosing! I keep Australorps. LOVE them. Excellent breed to keep...docile, friendly, and great layers. Huge on warming you lap too!

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on! If you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
  4. stasichick

    stasichick Chirping

    Sep 3, 2014
    Long Island
    Hey There!!!! I did a lot of research too!!! turns out, on Long Island you can have maximum of 6 birds and females only!!! I wouldn't worry about the neighbors so much..especially with the amount of land you have... unless you get roosters too!!! I got my chickies from mypetchicken.com worked out pretty well! (I tried to find a local place at firts but they wouldn't sell me babies!)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sounds like you are ready to add chickens to your life. Do you have a good incubator?
  6. Autumn Leaves

    Autumn Leaves Songster

    Aug 31, 2014
    Cincinnati Ohio
    Ya, in all my reasearch I found that my property is not governed by the township I live in, but by the county - so at least it made it easier as I had to talk with less people. It is so confusing!

    I plan on only keeping hens. I like my neighbors and want them to keep liking me :) I do plan on sharing the egg wealth. My two immediate neighbors both have Labs so I don't think my chickens will be able to do much damage to their flowerbeds - dogs will do what dogs will do. So no chickens allowed in the neigbor's yards :)

    I hope my Australorps are as friendly as you say - they are going to be some spoiled chickens!
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Work with them as chicks. I get my chicks out on the living room floor during their first week. (lay an old sheet down because they are poopers) Ha! But because they are a bit scared, they will all run to stay on your lap. I get them out nearly every day until they are ready to head outside. By then they are so trained to get on the lap, they are instant lap warmers. You will never get them off!!

    Put some small branches in the brooder for playing and roosting on. Work them up to a 1x2 or 2x2 in the brooder. They will learn to roost in the brooder at night so when they go out to the coop, they automatically know how to roost and won't sleep on the floor or nest boxes.
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.


    Good luck!
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I can vouch for Australorps. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds) and they are my favorite standard breed; extremely hardy, the best layers of the standard, brown egg laying breeds, and very calm and gentle. My children, and now my granddaughter made lap pets of them. Buff Orpingtons have the same friendly and gentle temperament as well (not surprising since Australorps were originally bred using Orpington stock with the goal of increasing the lay rate of the Orpingtons). Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.

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