Hoping to start a chicken garden in the spring.... pending hoa. Need some pointers.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by medicusmay, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. medicusmay

    medicusmay Just Hatched

    Feb 8, 2014
    Hello, Newbie here! I'm in S/W Colorado and I am hoping to start my garden and get our first chickens in our back yard this spring. We are presenting our proposal at our upcoming hoa meeting on the 27th. I'm going to be as prepared as possible and even let them decide on my coop style and run. I've been reading a lot on different breeds and I'm thinking Orpingtons are going to be what we are looking for (if approved). We need a quiet breed that is not prone to fly. I plan on using 1/2 our backyard for a Garden and I'll be putting my coop in there too. I would like to be able to make my whole garden area escape proof for my hens but that would have to be hoa approved too (I was thinking of using a trellis and lattice and chicken wire) so I may just have to settle for a walk-in run 7 feet or so. My little girl will be 4 in May and my baby boy will be 2 in June, so I also want them to be friendly. We live in city limits and are in a neighborhood where our houses are pretty close to each other. Everyone has a 6foot wood backyard fence, do you think my Orpingtons will try and fly over?
    Also I’d like to find my chickens as local as possible from a humane breeder here in Colorado. I’m in Fruita Colorado but will travel if I need to. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
    After hearing all that, please help me. I am brand new to gardening and owning chickens. I’m up for suggestions, pointers or anything helpful on anything I mentioned –including HOA and gardening with chickens.
    I can’t wait to get started....fingers crossed and prayers said!
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright Heather, [​IMG] great to have you joining the flock [​IMG]

    I don't know anything about HOA as my idea of one is me arguing with
    myself about what I am going to do next ..........


    Some of my flock [​IMG]

    And the bigger one's [​IMG]


    A couple of ducks


    EE chicks [​IMG]

    Russian Orloff Pullets

    Molted Houdan's


    My HOA is this predator [​IMG]

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  3. 14aviles

    14aviles Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2014
    Stafford, Virginia
    I'm glad to see your post. I'm in a very similar stage. I've been planning and prepping for a spring garden. I'm interested in free range hens to help my compost and bring in organic eggs to increase my self-reliance. Like you, I'm in city limits with neighbors. I intend to look into the breed you deem suitable. Thanks!
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  4. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR

    All chickens fly. They fly more when they are younger and lighter. Heavier breeds do tend to get airborn less. While they are young you can also clip their wings whick is not painfull to them, kind of like cutti g your fingernails, to keep them from launching into the neighbors yard.

    Good luck and have fun!
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  5. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    Gander, Where did you get your Houdans?
  6. Spikes Chooks

    Spikes Chooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    As another poster noted, chickens, when they are younger, will fly more than when they get older and heavier. The safest thing to do is clip one wing on each of them. It is easy to do - probably with another person holding them the first time. There's advice and pictures on this forum and also good youtube videos if you just search for clip chicken's wing.

    We had to do this even though we built a 7 foot high fence, because our Silver Campine could still fly over it. The bigger girls include an Australorp, which I believe was bred from Orpingtons and are similar in size. These bigger girls didn't even bother attempting the fence. We clipped one wing on the Campine and she just didn't try again. She has moulted since and regrown her wing feathers - but no longer tries to do it, so we haven't repeated the clipping.

    It might give you confidence that won't eascape, if you clip them the first year (once they have adult feathers) and perhaps you are more likley to get approval if you don't include a really high internal fence with your plans.

    You might also want to consider a walk-in run anyway. If the chickens can get to your garden they can make very short work of your plants, and also dig some impressively large holes!

    All the best
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2014
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Silkies do not fly and they are very popular with kids. They don't look like regular chickens so would probably be accepted easier by the residents and HOA. If you knew someone that had silkies and they brought one to a meeting, I'm sure there would be favorable interest in the breed.

    Silkies are a small (bantum ) breed and come in many colors. They are generally quiet birds and don't even care to roost but, tend to sleep, piled up in a corner.

    Put "silkies" in the search box and prepare to be amazed. And NO, I don't raise silkies I have a friend with them, and she doesn't raise/sell either, they are just housepets.
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  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    I keep Black Australorps, also an Orpington breed, and I can tell you they can HOP right off the floor onto a nearly 4 foot bench I have in the coop. So I would imagine with a running start, you birds could fly over a 6 foot fence. 7 foot, maybe not.

    But I do wish you luck in getting your birds! They are so much fun to keep and you will never regret it. [​IMG]
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