Joined BYC Tonight- Need help convincing the neighbors

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by OrpingtonHopeful, May 17, 2009.

  1. OrpingtonHopeful

    OrpingtonHopeful Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2009
    Hi Folks,

    First, let me say I love this site!

    About a year ago, when we moved into our house, I read a book about folks trying to live like it was 100 yrs ago- It inspired me to try organic gardening, composting, and now, the next logical step seems to be raising chickens.

    We live in a subdivision and have just a 1/3 of an acre. After a ton of research I have decided I would love 4-6 Orpington pullets for their docility and friendliness(and it just so happens the local feed store should be getting a handful of day old chicks this week).

    Our ordinance requires our coop be completed for inspection and then all adjoining neighbors approve in order to get the required permit. We have 5 adjoining neighbors. Spoke with 2 so far and they are all for it, but they know us and bringing up the topic was fairly easy-

    For the other people, I have written a nice letter of introduction (we have never met!) and discussed our chicken plans- I would love your advice for approaching our neighbors, gently easing any fears they have...Does anyone have an amazingly favorable article about raising chickens in the city/suburban setting?

    I would hate to waste a ton of money building a pretty (for the neighbors) and secure (for the hens) coop just to be denied a permit...

    Also, please tell me straight- will my chickens be a nuisance to the neighbors? Noise, smell, any other problem? I really wanna go get those chicks this week, but want to be sure I won't be forced to part with them...

    Thank you all and best wishes!
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington

    Good luck with the neighbors. Maybe you can print out some of the threads here and give copies. Who knows you might convert some of them to chickens as well. Can you get some fresh eggs to bribe them. And tell them that Russ says they are not noisy, smelly or a nuisance if cared for.

  3. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca

    Just talk to them first. Us city folk don't really get to know our neighbors well enough anyway.
  4. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    [​IMG] from QLD.
    i am sure your neighbors will be helpful [​IMG]
    good luck.
    Last edited: May 18, 2009
  5. LilbitChicken

    LilbitChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    Hello! [​IMG] from Hereford AZ!
    Just talk the neighbors first, there are lots of threads and great praise to our chickens here on BYC!
    The eggs are so much better than your typical grocery store [​IMG] neighbors might want to hear all the great stories here on BYC![​IMG]
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  7. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida.
  8. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    [​IMG] from North Carolina![​IMG]
  9. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    OrpHope, we are in Massachusetts with a 3/4 acre lot and nice neighbors, none of whom had farm type animals. I talked with all of them beforehand and asked their opinion of us having a small backyard flock. They never objected, and some wrote letters to our Town to support us.

    We just have 4 hens, and they do make BAWWWWKKKING noises at times, but I've asked the neighbors about it and they say they don't mind.

    Smell is not an issue with four hens.

    Best of luck to you. PM me if you have any questions.
  10. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008

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