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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by retiredchick, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. retiredchick

    retiredchick New Egg

    Jan 7, 2014
    I am new to this site and in the process if studying up and preparing before I get my first chickens. I live in an urban environment with a small backyard and very close neighbors. Any advice on how to approach them regarding my plans to have chickens? I get along with them well enough. Just nervous that they will not welcome the idea
  2. Farmboy1200

    Farmboy1200 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 4, 2013
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hi there, [​IMG]and welcome to BYC!

    I can't help you there. I live in the middle of no where. But I wish you all the luck and hope you can get into chickens in a smooth manner.

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
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  4. mayoman

    mayoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2014
    I joined today also. Recently retired also. Love all manner of barnyard fowl. Welcome from another newbie.
  5. mayoman

    mayoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2014
    Thanks.. Looking forward to all there is from BYC
  6. SwedishDude99

    SwedishDude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2013
    El Dorado County, Ca
    Welcome to BYC! :welcome

    I live in an area where our neighbors are no more than 20ft from our house. When I decided that I wanted to get into raising chickens, I went to the neighbors on either side of our house and simply told them what our plan was. I told them I wanted to get some hens to be able to have fresh eggs every day and that here would be no rooster, so the noise would be minimal. I also told them that I would regularly bring eggs over for them (a little bribery never hurts, just make sure you deliver on that promise ;)). Anyway, that's all it took for my neighbors to accept it. However, we do live in an area where if you leave the neighborhood, you are right out in farmland. So most of our neighbors have grown up on farms or have lived next to them so they were more accepting from the beginning. Depending on where you live, your neighbors may be worried about noise, disease, etc. so you may want to read up on that kind of stuff because some people are just really misinformed (hens ARE NOT that loud and nor are they filthy as long as you provide them with adequate space and keep it clean. Hope this helps and again, WELCOME!!! :)
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! I agree with giving them fresh eggs, that should make them happy, and no roosters :)
  8. emma p

    emma p Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2013
    Welcome! The learning center sounds like it would be a great place for you to start. :)
  9. LoveChickens123

    LoveChickens123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    hi there [​IMG]
    glad you joined us.

    I would just tell your neighbors that you plan to raise chickens
  10. mayoman

    mayoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2014
    Neighbors, WHAT Neighbors?? That is why we bought in N. Fl. NOTHING LIKE SOUTH FLORIDA. We have to drive 30 minutes to find a WALMART .....Love it!!

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