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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 06:57 PM

We would like to have chickens in the back yard but we are sure the propty mgt won't

Do you think this will help us make our case?






After all, we are at war







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Reply We would like to have chickens in the back yard but we are sure the propty mgt won't (Original post)
ashling Feb 2013 OP
Swamp Lover Feb 2013 #1
ashling Feb 2013 #7
Swamp Lover Feb 2013 #11
ashling Feb 2013 #12
Swamp Lover Feb 2013 #13
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2013 #2
Voice for Peace Feb 2013 #4
nadinbrzezinski Feb 2013 #5
ashling Feb 2013 #8
msongs Feb 2013 #10
appleannie1 Feb 2013 #3
ashling Feb 2013 #9
Voice for Peace Feb 2013 #6
appleannie1 Feb 2013 #14

Response to ashling (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 06:59 PM

1. I bet your neighborhood racoons and coyotes would be willing to write a letter of support.

 

They are very welcoming to chickens.

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Response to Swamp Lover (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:38 PM

7. We lived in the country in central Tx where we always had chickens

We had a lot more coyotes and racoons out there. Once a ring tail got in the chicken house, but the chickens weren't in it at the time. I've had bull snakes get eggs at times. - and at times I've gotten hold of some bull snakes





racoons in the dumpster all the time.

We did loose about 35 young chickens to an owl that was in the barn.

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Response to ashling (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:45 PM

11. I hadn't thought about snakes, but I had thought of raptors.

 

I'm not sure that a Bull Snake would have written a letter of support though.

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Response to Swamp Lover (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:09 AM

12. Can't say as I ever saw any of these guys





However, we did have a big assed Roadrunner on the place that looked a lot like this guy:




. . . kept finding invoices for the damndest stuff ... labeled ACME

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Response to ashling (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:26 AM

13. beep-beep.

 

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:04 PM

2. Hard to say. Urban chickens are making a comeback, though.

In my city you can have chickens (but not roosters) as long as the adjacent neighbors within a certain distance approve. I know a woman who keeps six hens in her yard (for the eggs, not to eat), and although she's a true chicken enthusiast she says it's a lot of work - you have to protect them from predators, which there are plenty of, even in a large city (dogs, cats, raccoons, owls, hawks), be sure they have a safe shelter that doesn't get too hot, or too cold in the winter, and you can't ever go anywhere because you always have to look after the chickens every day. But she says the eggs are way better than anything you can get in a grocery store.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:30 PM

4. lots of urban chickens in Albuquerque..

we have 11 hens out back... they are pretty cute, and very funny.
The eggs are better than any others I've ever eaten, so much more
color and flavor.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:32 PM

5. They are all the cluck locally as well

Boy, e came a huge electoral issue.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:41 PM

8. I really look forward to fresh eggs again

We've had chickens whenever possible. The city is not the problem. The Mgmt company bill these as "deluxe" duplexes

I don't think they'll go for chickens. My idea is to go ahead.

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Response to ashling (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:52 PM

10. read your rental agreement nt

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:06 PM

3. Rats and Possums just love them

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:43 PM

9. Need a secure chicken house, no doubt.

See my responses above.

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:34 PM

6. yes I do think it would help .. seriously

and if you're seriously wanting to get some, go for it.
They are a lot of fun and easy to care for, the eggs are
the BEST

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Response to ashling (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 02:01 PM

14. We used to have a coop. The eggs were great. Here are some facts

They lay according to the amount of light they receive which is why they don't lay many eggs in winter months unless they have an artificial light source.

They need small gravel or roughly ground oyster shell not just to grind their food but to provide calcium for strong shells.

If they are corn fed the yolk will be rich, thick and much darker gold than commercial eggs.

We stopped raising them for a couple reasons. The feed is expensive and they need to be fed year round whether they are producing eggs or not.

They draw rats because they and their feed are a food source.

You cannot go anywhere unless you have a reliable chicken sitter.

But the eggs are so much better that for the dedicated it is worth all the work and expense.

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