Help me put our neighbors at ease!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by kira782, May 22, 2011.

  1. kira782

    kira782 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    Littleton, Colorado
    I'm writing a letter to my neighbors letting them know that we would like to have a coop with 4 chicken in our backyard (middle of suburbia, chickens are legal in our area). I would like to include our thoughts on where the coop will be, what it will look like and what they might be able to expect from being neighbors with a few chickens, hopefully answering any questions or addressing an concerns they might have before we start the process. We've only been in our house 6 months and so far we're on great terms with our neighbors and we want to make sure it stays that way!

    What info do you suggest I put in our friendly letter that might help them not worry about our future feather friends?
  2. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    Let them know they can have your extra eggs? Umm, ask opinion on breeds if they've had chickens before?
  3. hisdaughter

    hisdaughter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2011
    My husband had the same idea with our neighbors. Unfortunately, I didn't think it was any of their business as it's my yard. Needless to say, he makes a better neighbor. I commend you on being proactive. Having chickens has been a great activity for our family and the eggs are an added bonus. Good luck with your adventure!
  4. kira782

    kira782 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    Littleton, Colorado
    Quote:@hisdaughter That's funny because giving the neighbor a heads up was my husbands idea! And I'll begrudgingly agree that its kind of a good one as or neighbors have a pretty direct view into our yard. Of course if one of them comes back to me throwing a fit about it I'm not too sure what my next move will be! Are your neighbors houses fairly close to yours? Have you had any complaints?
  5. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Tucson, AZ
    Others may not agree..but if my neighbor and I got along fine..and then I got a letter about wanting chickens..blah blah.....that would really make me wonder why they did not feel they could come over and just say...hey..having chickens here is legal so I just wanted to let you know you may be getting some farm fresh eggs now and closed. The letter seems like you are expecting issues.
  6. GammaPoppyLilyFlutter

    GammaPoppyLilyFlutter Love Comes with Feathers

    Jun 26, 2010
    Fresh eggs are a great way to make them happy. And if they have kids. Kids+nice chickens= yay
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:Why? I think you're asking for potential trouble. I am hugely in favor of getting along with neighbors, but I have never gone farther than a friendly chat over the fence when they ask me what I'm doing. Yes, it may affect them in a small way, so I'd say get all pullets out of courtesy, but no reason to "justify" anything in advance. Coop appearance, location? Just follow common courtesy standards.

    DO make sure you are 100% in the clear- make sure you don't have deed or HOA restrictions hidden somewhere.

    Best wishes to you, post some pics! [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 22, 2011
  8. Arcnadius

    Arcnadius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Western WI
    Quote:Great thought. Talk to them in person, maybe invite them over for burgers and brats and walk the yard with them laying out the plan.
  9. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    YES, YES, YES...fresh eggs. [​IMG]
  10. peep this

    peep this Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 13, 2010
    As part of our permit request, the town sent letters to our abutting neighbors asking for their approval. 2 out of 3 said it was ok, #3 is directly behind us and has a big golden retriever. Our big golden retirever went over to play one time and stayed for breakfast (theirs - he is a rescue and was always scrounging for food at that point). Needless to say, they have issues with the dog. However, the town felt that 2 out of 3 was enough and let us have our 4 chickens, which has grown to 12. The kids in the nieghborhood love the chickens and always come over and bring them clover.
    Good luck!

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