Hello from Mesa, AZ

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mcbmaz, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. mcbmaz

    mcbmaz Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2015
    Just starting my first backyard flock. I had thought about this in the past because some friends of mine had chickens raised from a day old and it seemed neat, but finally got to it when my kids started with the puppy eyes asking to bring home chicks from the Shopper Suply a month ago.

    So after a month now my Production Reds are starting to get their big girl feathers and are just about ready for the backyard run.

    Few questions....

    I have used weed and feed on the lawn a while back. Will this harm them? Can I continue to use this?

    I made a very light weight run so it can be moved easily if needed. How far does it need to from a neighbors home?

    I have heard different answers to the following... How many hens can I have where I live? Some have said up to 10! Some have said Zero because I am on less than a quarter acre. I couldnt find anything on the city website so I figured a nice round number of 6 would be a good starting point.

    Anyways, hello once again and I look forward to any info you folks can provide!
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined! :)
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If you go to "where am I, where are you," in the social forum, you can locate and post on your state thread. People there would know more about the zoning restrictions.

    If you take a chance and go ahead please have a plan B. In case the town or community says you have to get rid of your birds fast.
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2, zoning regulations vary widely, you'll need to find the specifics in your area, your town or city hall should have them. With the weed and feed type things, would definitely not use the granular type with birds since they will eat them, opinions seem to vary on the supposedly animal safe sprays, at the very least would want there to be a good rain after using them before I let the birds back on.
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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

    BEST of luck to you!
  6. mcbmaz

    mcbmaz Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2015
    Thanks for the warm welcomes! I will check out the other threads for local guidelines.

    I was using granular wred and feed before so maybe switch to a liquid and water heavily after. Maybe...

    My plan B is if I cannot keep these chickens is to add them to my friends flock. He only lives a mile down the road and will be more than happy to have them per a previous conversation.

  7. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]
    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.
  9. mcbmaz

    mcbmaz Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2015
    THank you all again for the welcomes. I found myself a landscaper who also has chickens in a smaller yard and in a stricter hoa than mine. He has given me many ideas about how to make my yard kid, dog, and chicken friendly. All I can say is with all these ideas I am going to be busy every weekend for the next few months bringing them to realization. :)

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