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Salutations from Chesapeake, VA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by valerama, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. valerama

    valerama New Egg

    Feb 27, 2013
    Chesapeake, VA
    I'm the proud mom to 4 barred rock hens (Helen, Alice, Jane & Sissy). I got them last spring from a family who was moving -- so I got the hen house and the girls together. We had to build them a run, which was a nice weekend project. We've recently 'upgraded' by buying a 10' x 10' dog run on craigslist for only $100, the girls love all their new space. (They get out to free range for 2 or 3 hours every day.) We're going to further upgrade by buying a walk-in storage shed from one of the big box stores and tricking it out as a nice hen house.

    I live in a rural part of town and *thought* I was already zoned for chickens when I got them, and never did get a definitive answer from city hall. I joined the movement in town (4 Chesapeake Hens) to get the zoning laws changed and after about 6 months we had success.

    I have an Australian cattle dog who's mission in life is to herd the chickens. The fact that they are in a pen doesn't seem to stop her. She still startles 3 of them, but Helen (the girl at the top of the pecking order) stands her ground and stares at the dog, which drives her bananas, and cracks me up.

    It's been a grand adventure keeping these feathered pets and enjoying their eggs. I originally got them for the eggs, but have been enchanted by their personalities and antics.
  2. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2012
    SW Florida
  3. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined BYC

    I have a garden shed for my chickens and they love it and so do I. You will be happy with it.

    Your hen staring down the dog cracks me up. Some of those hens think they are 10 feet tall :)

    Best of luck expanding your coop, run and flock. 4 most likely wont be enough
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  5. Suzierd

    Suzierd Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 8, 2011
    [​IMG] I love your hens names! Sounds like you've given them a wonderful home.
  6. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2012
    I grew up in VA Beach and my husband grew up in Chesapeake. We have land in Chesapeake and have been following the chicken debate there. Makes no sense not to be able to have chickens in a rural area.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013
  7. thasista

    thasista Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2011
    My Coop
    Hi from Kentucky[​IMG]
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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

    I had a hen once that would follow my Cattle Dog Bella around the yard and just stare at her - the dog would eventually get up and move away, but the hen would just follow her and stare. Poor Bella did not know what to think.
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, valerama, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our flock! Love the story of your cattle dog herding the chickens! Best of luck to you and have fun!!
  10. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Hello, and Welcome to BYC!!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]

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