Well, I did it!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Gnawsey, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. Gnawsey

    Gnawsey In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2007
    Hi everyone! I'm new to posting here, but I've been lurking for quite sometime.

    I'm so excited. I just ordered my first chickens. I live in the city, so I'm going to have 3 illegal chickens. haha I told my husband I've always wanted to live on the wrong side of the law.[​IMG] When I went to the feed store to order, the lady working there said over half the chicks they sell are illegal. Guess I'm not the only one.

    I'm converting a old rabbit hutch into a coop. The coop is 2'6'' by 4', so it should be fine for 3 hens. Plus, they'll have a good size run, most of our side yard.

    I ordered an easter egger, Buff Orpington, and a Mottled Houdan. That way, I figure I'll get green, brown, and white eggs.

    Anyways, I just wanted to introduce myself and say "Hi" and share some of my excitement.

  2. Vermontchicken

    Vermontchicken In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2007
    [​IMG] i have to say thats the greatest thing ever Maam you broke the law with chickens lol unreal lol i hope you enjoy your chickens i have 12 right now but im pretty sure i can have them in the country lol take care.

  3. cheapcheap_jeepjeep

    cheapcheap_jeepjeep Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Villa Grove
    Congrats on your chicks and the wrong side of the law.
  4. maggiePI

    maggiePI In the Brooder

    Apr 4, 2007
    S. Oregon
    I'm new, too! I have had illegal chickens for 3 years. I guess there are a bunch of outlaws. Even my hens get noisy. I just hope for the best and figure if I am one of many and no one complains, I will get by. Hoping to move out of town when my on graduates.
  5. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Welcome to illegal chickening. (Me too) I think we all have a little rebel in us. Hah!
  6. joanna

    joanna In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2007
    Why are your chickens illegal? are the city ordinances banning them? if that's all, then I wouldn't worry too much. if they are illegal because they are roosters, you won't be able to hide them. Mine crowed at all hours of the day & night. I don't have them now, but not because of any city ordinances.

    welcome to the world of chickens!
  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    If chickens are outlawed, then only outlaws will have chickens...
    I am the only one in the neighbourhood with chickens, so I'm rather a pariah...[​IMG]
    As long as you keep the coop/hutch clean, keep the birds from escaping and running loose, like my neighbour's dog :thun, and noone complains, you should be all set.
  8. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Welcome Gnawsey!
    I agree with SpottedCrow [​IMG] outlaws with chickens! [​IMG]
    but remember to give your neighbors fresh eggs and no one will ever complain!
  9. Gnawsey

    Gnawsey In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2007
    Yes, city ordinances ban chickens, unless you have 1/2 acre of land, which 95% of the city doesn't. I'll be getting hens, so no roosters. Plus, we live on a corner lot, so the chickens will not share a fence with any neighbors. I figure 3 hens will be a lot more quiet then the neighbor's dog who barks at our back fence all day long.

    I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old, and I thought it would be fun for them (and me [​IMG] ) to have the chickens. I want my kids to know where food comes from. I tease my husband that I have a 1/10 acre homestead. Rabbits, a veggie garden, fruit trees, and now our chicks. It should be a fun adventure.

  10. Well good luck with your little homestead. lol only if more "town foke" as we call them around here where like you. It just breaks my heart every time I hear a kid in town answer that milk comes from the corner store. [​IMG] It's suprising how many of the kids around here are like that, even though we are in a area that is 50/50 when it comes to town vias rural areas. Good luck with the new hens and I agree don't forget to bribe the neighbors with fresh eggs. [​IMG]

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