Hmmm, chickens...in a backyard...in a neighborhood... I know what you're thinking - what's the big deal?? When I put on Facebook that my neighbor had chickens, I was met with a lot of yeah? So? I know people with chickens. But seriously, there are NO chickens where I live - except at the grocery store. There may as well have been an ostrich back there - I wouldn't have been more surprised.
For a country girl at heart, I have to tell you, I was pretty excited! Of course first I called to see if we're really allowed chickens within our limits. I wasn't going to report the person - I know we're all on a more "natural" kick, and wanting to go learn self-sufficiency (well, some of us do), but I was curious because of course I was going to want some, too. The first lady laughed and said she'd never been asked that and connected me to the Health Dept. They told me yes, after a lot of paperwork and board approval, etc. Sounds good to me!
They don't stink - and I know this because my dogs are disinterested, besides peeing on the fence to let them know just who was boss in the 'hood, and if there's a rooster, he's quiet. When the windows are open, I hear clucking and such and I pretend I'm out in my country home, overlooking my sunflower field, listening to the sounds of nature - and my husband sneezing and snorting because he's allergic to everything nature-y. I'm able to tune that part out pretty well.
Also, thanks to www.backyardchickens.com I was able to find the exact coop I will use to house my feathered friends
if when we decide to go forward with my our idea...
It just happens to be called My Mid-Life Crisis Coop - how's that for a silly coincidence? Now I need to go make friends with that neighbor so I can score some fresh eggs without actually leaving my backyard. Have a good week!