New Member: Ardell


5 Years
Apr 10, 2014
(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?

We got our chickens in the fall and they stayed down in our basement until they were big enough to go outside. We have Isa Reds (11 of them) and they are incredibly hearty creatures. They survived our long Michigan winter and loved it.

(2) How many chickens do you have right now?

We started with 11 but my son wanted Ameraucana's because they lay green or blue egg. We also got some barred chickens.

(3) How did you find out about

I heard about this because Grand Rapids, MI has a law against backyard chickens and our neighbors want us to get rid of it. I was looking for ways to fight this rule and was hoping that their might be people in Grand Rapids who are also on this forum and willing to stand together to attempt to repeal this law.

(4) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.

We lived in West Africa for 17 years before returning to the US. While in Africa we had chickens, ducks, pigs; a regular menagerie. Coming to the States was difficult for my kids and we have rabbits and we thought chickens would be a great filler for the meat the rabbits provide. Unfortunately our neighbor isn't to happy with us. We also have two dogs a chi weenie and a chug and 2 guinea pigs.


Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Feb 18, 2011
Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You'll want to check out the Law forum for tips for getting laws changed also your state thread to find like minded neighbors
Good luck in getting the ordinances changed.

You might also like to check out the BYC Learning Center, lots of good articles on all aspects of chicken keeping.


5 Years
Mar 19, 2014
In the Wilderness of Colorado
My Coop
My Coop
Good luck with your poultry raising adventures, and I hope you find everything you need to know. Don't forget to take a look at BYC's very useful learning center (If you haven't already)! The learning center as well as the forum should answer your questions! Glad to have you here! See you around the forum.


Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Mar 21, 2011
New Mexico, USA
My Coop
My Coop

Welcome to BYC!

Oh NO!! I hope you don't have to get rid of your flock! That would be awful! Definitely follow the link that Kelsie left to the Local Chicken Laws and How To Change Them. I really really hope you can get this law changed. I can't imagine having to get rid of my birds. I will be keeping you in my prayers.

Welcome to our flock and keep us posted!

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