New here, From Alabama

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RainbowCat, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. RainbowCat

    RainbowCat Hatching

    Dec 12, 2012
    Hello, I just joined as I have been researching how to raise and care for chickens. I am now almost obsessed with the idea and nothing will keep me from trying. I view it as a wonderful way to be connected with these animals that provide us with food and want to respect them as much as possible while keeping them in captivity and using them for eggs. I am also interested in getting starting taking steps towards more sustainable living. I am about to move into my first house. We are getting it move-in-ready and I cannot wait to live with a garden and chickens..our little house even came with a coop from the previous tenant! I was so excited until...I found out that in Athens,AL it is illegal to keep backyard chickens? Even just 2 or 3 hens..I am dead set on this enough to start rouge chicken keeping. I could just call the coop a rabbit hutch and maybe to the untrained nosy neighbor some silkies(my chicken of choice) might pass for fluffy rabbits? haha I don't know what else to try. My neighbors on one side are cool with it, landlord too..the other ones I don't know and don't want to bring it up just in case they aren't. I'll wait for them to say something and then offer eggs. But if no neighbors complain, how good do you think my chances are of getting caught? I have a friend outside of the city that has already said I can pass the chickens on to her if and when I can no longer keep them in my yard. On a completely different note, I am also very interested in showgirl chickens as I have chinese crested dogs and want birds to match :) and I love peacocks and vulturines, but of course they are out of the question for city birds.


    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!!!!
    So glad you joined us!!
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    [​IMG] Plenty of people on here keep rogue chickens without any issues. The majority of the time the main reason they have to get rid of them is due to neighbors.
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging 7 Years

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Don't count on a lot of eggs if you get silkies, they are not the best layers out there - very cute though.
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California

  8. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    southern ohio
    [​IMG] from Ohio
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Coffee County. Glad you joined us. So sorry to hear they're illegal in Athens. Definitely check out the link redsoxs provided, but I agree lots of people keep chickens illegally and never have a problem. Plus, fresh eggs make great bribes for neighbors lol. Lots of good luck [​IMG]

    By the way, check out the Alabama thread, too:

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