New here and bristling with Chicken Power

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DCMiesem, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. DCMiesem

    DCMiesem New Egg

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    My first post was in the ordinances folder/area on this site... but I thought I'd introduce myself properly here, too. ;-)

    I have six of the most wonderful chickens ever. I have one barred rock hen (Henrietta), and five araucanas- hens Emily Chickenson, Baba Yaga, Strega Nona, and Sheherazade, and rooster THUNDA!!! All the hens but Strega Nona are laying eggs for us, and they're all about 6.5 to 7 months old. I have two adult children who live elsewhere but love the flock; my younger children are 8 and 13, and proudly show their friends our flock. We sit outside with the chickens and hand feed them raisins and bread and other goodies... some of the chickens will leap onto our laps to snuggle and eat. The rooster is relatively docile. His worst character flaws include miserable aim (making handfeeding a little uncomfortable for us!) and crowing at dawn. With the winterization of the coop, however, he seems much quieter. :-D

    We have a smallish yard (but not too small), and chickens are allowed in R1 areas in my city- Albuquerque allows up to 15 chickens per household, including one rooster. My HOA allows for "commonly accepted household pets like birds," but is now stomping its feet and claiming that chickens don't count as pets. I've written the HOA a long, lovely, positive letter about all the benefits of chicken ownership and how good it is for our neighborhood's children and our community at large, and that my neighbors are supportive of my flock.The HOA has had 4 days to respond to that email (they never responded to the other two I wrote)... I have the media and a lawyer all primed up and ready to pounce to pressure the HOA to reverse its threats to fine me $50/day for keeping my flock. I'm ready for this fight... and at this point, it looks as though I'm likely to win. Burn candles for us.... I would be completely devastated otherwise.
     
  2. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Hello from a fellow South-westerner and [​IMG] Good luck with your fight! We'll all be rooting for you here.
     
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. Good luck. [​IMG]
     
  4. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome, From Eastern Wa.
     
  5. Kat's Silly Chickens

    Kat's Silly Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] and Nice to Meet You, from Texas
     
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    A warm welcome from an imp in Washington

    Good luck with the HOA

    Imp
     
  7. featherbaby

    featherbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WELCOME! Good luck with your fight!!!! We're behind you all the way! People just don't understand how sweet and endearing these "African Ground Parrots" can be. Besides, they are much quieter than my real parrots and most dogs. You don't have to scoop their poop from people's yards. They don't spray the neighbor's car and front door. They make food for breakfast and fertilizer for our flowers. And they keep us off the streets at night! Now that should be plenty of reasons to keep them, right?
     

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