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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by OrpingtonManor, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    I have been wandering around this website and forum for months now but just recently started posting. This place has been indispensable for me, since I have never had chickens before. My 4 Buff Orpington pullets are thriving. I got them as new babies late last spring.

    I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I still don't know if my chickens are legal, but there are others in my (downtown) neighborhood who have what I guess to be Silkies. I try to be a good neighbor at all times.

    Thank you for the coop pages. I built my coop based on a nice one I saw there.

    Every question I have had, I have come here to research. This is a great site.

    I finally joined in November, but still just hanging around getting information from the "sages."

    It's true, I have found this site to be addictive. Great info and great people. Thanks again.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2009

  2. bantamman13

    bantamman13 Songster

    May 27, 2008
    Welcome it intrigues me seeing posts from people who live in the big cities,and how they have to worry about whether they can legally keep thier birds or not. Being raised in a rural area the idea of maybe having to hide my chickens is just hard to imagine. Do you have an area for them to freerange any or or are they cooped at all times?
  3. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Quote:Glad to have you here! LOTS of great advice and even better people!!!
    Hugs and [​IMG]
  4. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    Lots of us hide !
    CHICKENS WHAT CHICKENS ? Those are not chickens !

    I Have 11 [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    [​IMG] Thanks for saying Hi and joining us! I hope you continue to get answers and an occasional smile out of it. [​IMG]
  6. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    Hi Bantamman 13. To answer your questions...

    I live in a very small "city" of 35,000 people. I don't try to hide them at all. My neighbors are all in on the secret. My chickens are very docile, pretty quiet, and generally good ambassadors.

    I took my chances on the legality because of the other chickens up the road that have been there for years. It is a very old neighborhood with no CC&Rs. We border a regional park, so have a slightly more rural feel than it sounds, even though the downtown is a short walk away.

    I have a fenced yard, a coop that gives them nearly 10 sq ft of indoor space per bird, and they free-range as much as I can let them. They help me turn the compost pile, and snack on weeds and fruit from my trees. (No pesticides.) I am currently building an enclosure for them to keep them safe from predators, but still give them room to scratch, take dirt baths and sunbathe. (Sometimes they even use the chaise lounges for this purpose. Hmm.) They are locked in the coop at night, and when I am not home.

    While hope is not a strategy, I hope that keeping friendly birds, a clean and aesthetic coop, and sharing eggs will continue the positive feedback I have gotten from my neighbors.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2009
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Hello OM from Martinez, CA. I used to know a Cheryl Blasnek from Martinez, CA years ago. Met her in Ecuador. Great woman.

    Happy chicken raisin'

  8. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    Thanks! Wow, I can barely type fast enough to keep up with all the greetings. Nice to be able to share my chicken compulsion.
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
  10. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Welcome to BYC and hope you can put out an influence for having chickens in the city. It all starts with ONE [​IMG]

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