Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Turning Outlaw

Few of the girls scratching around in the blueberry patch.

Well, I am not sure where to begin.  

After suffering chicken envy for years, I caved.  The fact is - I smuggled in a few chickens.   A local farmer friend was happy to oblige.  He tried to get me to cave last year.  Where this love of chickens came from I don't know.  All I know is... I am not alone.  There are a lot of us urban homesteaders out there who secretly long for chickens.   My dad sent me this article today, which prompted me to "blow the cover" on the ladies. 

Lois nestled in the base of a blueberry bush after taking a dirt bath.

Illegal chickens?   Fact is - the rules are vague.  We live on almost ten acres of suburban woodland.   The neighbors are supportive and one wants to get a few hens too.  Actually, the ladies are more quiet than the neighborhood dogs.  For now the hens are quietly clucking away in their (mobile) woodland chicken coop.  (More on the coop later..)

I never thought I'd be a part of an urban chicken movement.  For now, I am gathering data.  Feel free to pass along any urban chicken links and articles.  I'll take all the info I can get!  


11 comments:

Daffodil Planter said...

I like that "urban chickens" description. Sounds like they are wearing black, sitting around with lattes.

I would bet that as long as you don't have a rooster you'll fly under the radar (ouch for the pun).

What breed are the gals?

Beegirl said...

Oh, sorry..I did leave that out! The ladies are Red Star chickens. Love your comment! LOL... Thanks!!

emmabond said...

ooooh i love chickens!! I am broody for some, but with four cats, a very busy small hound and two ancient guinea pigs (called The Ladies).. its just not going to happen.. however i yearn for them... and a pig. and some bees.. and a sheep...maybe a donkey... my him-indoors would leave! Urban chickens! sounds like they'd steal your car!

Heather said...

I love that you smuggled them in! I don't live in the city limits but if I did, I would still get chickens! Problem neighbors could always be paid off in sweet eggs and you can also bribe any city officials that might show up:-D Good for you!

Katy said...

I look forward to having chickens one day when we move to the country. I told my husband that I want a Palais de Poulet like Martha Stewart used to have. I'm not sure that he thought I was serious.

You should do a painting of your new hens!

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

To wuote from an era I'm quite familiar with, "Power to the People!"
There's a move afoot to lift restrictions on chickens in suburbia around here. However, we have plentiful foxes...wonder how well that might work out?

Camie said...

Thanks so much for your kind words earlier today - and thanks to Montana Anna, too, for the connection. I look forward to reading more about your suburban homestead and all that is a part of it. It's amazing to me how common interests connect us all together.

--Camie

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Good for you. I love chickens and had them for years. They just don't work with my teens' schedules right now. I plan to get more next year.~~Dee

Montana Anna said...

ahhh, chickens! That is wonderful! You're one year ahead of me... they are the missing link in the sustainable suburban life. Eggs, chicken and manure too! :) Can't wait to hear how it all plays out...

underthebigbluesky said...

jealous of your girls. our farmer neighbors have some across the road, we hear their boc-bocking which is nice.

Annie said...

I have chicken envy. My husband isn't quite as enthusiatic as I am (or at all), but I'm working on him. FYI, there's a great article in the March/April issue of Hobby Farms Magazine about the compost litter system and American Heritage Chicken Breeds. Good stuff!