Hi I'm new here with a few questions

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by crystal94040, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. crystal94040

    crystal94040 Songster

    Aug 15, 2007
    my name is Crystal, I just moved to lexington SC from CA...I have 3 children 5,3 and 1 [​IMG]
    I recently started thinkg about raising chickens for eggs ( and possibly meat ) in my backyard...we have a large yard but I was thinking of starting with 4 and maybe adding more come spring if we decided we really like raising chickens. I've looked around on the internet a little but I haven't been able to find a clear answer on if it's legal to have chickens in your backyard.....we do have nieghbors...but I was planning on NOT getting a rooster. I also like in a community ( OAK POINTE) so there is a home owner's association....they seem to be pretty uptight about things but I'm not sure if they can restrict what kind of animals you can have (outside of roosters.)
    looking forward to getting to know you all!
  2. joebwe25

    joebwe25 Songster

    Feb 1, 2007
    St. Louis, Mo.
    Welcome! I'm right in the middle of St. Louis city.
    All our neighbors love the chickens and say their grandma,
    aunt, or some close relative used to have chickens when they where little.
    Our area is still zoned for livestock.
    The Ex Alderman even had a donkey!
    Not getting a rooster is a good idea.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2007
  3. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Hey Crystal, I'm from Columbia, I have a sister that lives in Lexington and a brother and his family and a sister that lives a short drive away in Pelion, enjoy Lake Murray, just watch out for the gigantic cat fish. My mother and the rest of my brothers and sisters still live in Columbia. Welcome to BYC.
  4. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    my neighbors hated our rooster crowing. we got rid of my baby boy (sweetest thing!!!!) on craigslist. if you are ordering online i reccomend mypetchicken.com, they have a minimum of 3 chicks, while most places have a minimum of 25
  5. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Galesburg, IL.
    Welcome to BYC Crystal. We're happy you're here. I would suggest you check with your local zoning laws before getting any chickens. That way you won't have your heart broke if they say that the chickens aren't zoned for your area. Just call your local chamber of commerce. If they say yes, then you are going to have soooo much fun. These babies are soooooooo addicting.
  6. wolfpack62001

    wolfpack62001 Songster

    Mar 6, 2007
    New Brockton, Alabama
    Welcome Crystal, nice to have you here.
    First check city ordanance and then get in good with your neighbors.
    Second make a Good Looking Pen, Folks in Gaited (SP) Communities have a funny outlook on Farm Animals.
    Eggs are good, and the joy they bring you is worth the work, but they will Trash a Garden or Lawn.
    Plus they will Draw Dogs, Cats, Owls, Hawks, just some things to think about.
    But they ARE worth it and are the best thing for the end of a day, my 2 Year Old loves to play with my hens, makes me laugh.
  7. cheepchicks

    cheepchicks Songster

    May 6, 2007
    Hello and Welcome to BYC

  8. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007

    I also just moved from CA - at the end of July.

    We're starting with 8 little chickens..... will probably add more next year - they're super cute! I can't wait for eggs.
    We have a large area of our own (totally different from what we had in CA) we have 3 acres, and will soon have my horse moved here and will probablly get a goat or two - I need to research a little first!

    Welcome to BYC
  9. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I'd start with your homeowner's association agreement. There may be specific language in there that restricts 'pets' to certain animals, ie dogs and cats only, etc. Your homeowners is more likely to be the more restrictive language as opposed to your town/city ordinance.

    If you don't have a copy of the agreement, call the president and ask for one - I'd recommend NOT saying you are thinking of getting chickens - find out what the legal-eze is first.

    Then if the homeowners don't outright ban or restrict you from getting chickens, call the city/town hall offices and ask to speak to someone in zoning. They should be able to tell you how you are zoned and if it allows chickens and how many, etc.

    AND, dont' get a rooster...

    We ordered our girls from http://www.meyerhatchery.com/. They arrived next day and in really good shape. They will do small orders too, but do charge a $20 surcharge on orders less than 15 birds. The shipping on ours cost more than the birds, LOL! I wanted to go for 25 myself, but since we live in a neigborhood (although not with covenance or homeowners, thankfully) I didn't want to stress out our neighbors too much...

    Good luck - I think you will enjoy having some chickens if you can make it work!

  10. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    I agree with Susan, and by the way...welcome [​IMG]

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