My chicken adventure begins with losing my front yard.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pointpath, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. pointpath

    pointpath Out Of The Brooder

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    When I chose to enter the backyard chicken experience I filed for a permit as required in Webster Groves, Missouri. A requirement of the permit application is to show the coop to scale on the property. This is when I discovered my fenced in backyard and front yard were actually side yards and what was the fenced backyard at least for the last 50 years since this house was built was no longer a backyard.
    Turns out that a couple of years ago when the BYC ordinance was being drafted the backyard was the only place that could contain chickens so, the backyard had to be defined.
    For a corner lot (my property is a corner lot) the front of the property faces the shorter of the two property lines. Every since the house was built it faced the street with the longer property line.
    Anyway I was determined to have a few chickens (the permit allows up to 8 with no Roos) so I fenced in my new backyard ($2,000) ,designed and built a chicken tractor [​IMG]
    I calculate my first eggs from my 4 girls are expected In the middle of January will have a value of about $85 a dozen for the first year or so. I don't care, I am looking forward to the eggs but I am loving raising the girls.
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I think for many of us the cost of eggs is quite considerable, fortunately there are other compensations - like the ability to provide fresh, wholesome food for our families, and the enjoyment the birds bring to us. Glad you joined in.
     
  3. pointpath

    pointpath Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi and thank you. I lived in Marquette for Few years. I worked on the Presque Isle power station. I loved the UP.
    You're right I did not start this BYC experience to save money on eggs. I am looking forward to the fresh aspect but am enjoying the added dimension the girls give to the property.
    How bout this for a cute Doxie [​IMG]
     
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    Welcome! I love your coop! I like your dog too!
     
  5. pointpath

    pointpath Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. I built the chicken tractor on the rear axel and wheels from a golf cart. I can easily raise the frame 8 inches off the ground with a six part line for moving it to a new tract of land.
    I love your beautiful birds saying Hi to me.
     
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Neat idea on the chicken tractor, chickens can be in any part of the yard you want, no matter what the city calls it. Your doxie is adorable, those eyes.
     
  8. pointpath

    pointpath Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you.
     
  9. pointpath

    pointpath Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you.
     
  10. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

    Hello and Welcome! Love your tractor. The extra bracing and doubled wire make it very predator resistant.
     

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