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Old 06-01-2011, 10:43 AM
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I have heard the Guinnie (SP) hens are great insect eradicators.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:05 PM
Location: Madbury, New Hampshire
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Regular hens will eat any ticks and grubs they can find. We plan to allow ours to range the yard when they're full grown and less vulnerable to hawks.
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:25 AM
Location: near New London, NH
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This may help someone -- it's an excerpt from an email a neighbor sent me when we got to talking about raising chicks...

...Some reeds bwe’ve been considering is buff orphington (very friendly & good layer), Americana (colored eggs), Black Copper Maran (deep brown or chocolate colored eggs) & brahma (friendly).

My Pet Chicken - Assorted Feather-Legged Bantams

Looks like we can mix & match with a recommended 8 chick min. Silkies look like they’re out of stock till 2011. Lots of neat choices. What do you think of the buff brahma bantam? I know not as crazy fluffy as the silkies, but have feathered feet & sound very friendly.

Popular Breeds-Randallburkey.com

These guys have a small order special (5chicks) but silkies aren’t on the list. Americanas & buff orphingtons along with some other nice selections are though.

http://www.chickensforbackyards.com/Baby-Chicks_c2.htm (broken link)

has a 3 chick min. but doesn’t look like they have silkies. We’d be interested in Buff Orpington & Ameraucana. Looks like we could mix & match to our hearts content on this site.

This is my favorite site for ANYTHING to do with chickens. Beware can be addictive

Raising BackYard Chickens, Build a Chicken Coop, Pictures of Breeds
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:03 PM
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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After raising dozens of chickens, and nearly as many breeds, by BILs favorite were the Plymouth Rock, also known as Barred Rocks. There was just so much to like about them! They're larger than many other chicken breeds, and are VERY docile and friendly. I think they're very pretty with their speckled grey, black and white feathers (they are the chickens you see in so many New England farm pictures!) They lay HUGE brown eggs, are hardy in winter, and unlike some of the smaller and less docile breeds, they can handle being confined or in a smaller coop area. My BIL let his flocks have the run of 7 acres of land, and unfortunately they eventually all became lunch for the raccoons, hawks, foxes and other wildlife in the area. Maybe a little too much 'free range'...
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:24 PM
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Default Keeping chickens in NH

Originally Posted by lorilou View Post
Hello, I am considering the purchase of chickens for our backyard. We have a large lot in Dover, and from what I can see, residents are allowed to have up to 6 chickens (no roosters!). I was wondering if someone who keeps chickens could offer advice on this endeavor, especially addressing the difficulties of winter!
Any info is greatly appreciated...we would enjoy having fresh eggs, but it might be more work than I am up for!! Thanks in advance!
NH State law requires chickens be sold (as babies) in lots of 12. This may be changing soon as there are groups out there this fight thing. But that is the law as of today.

So you need to be careful purchasing your chicks if they (Dover) don't allow roosters. No unidentified sex purchases. Must be all hens.

Dover is just north of us but closer to the ocean so there should be no winter difficulties.

Chickens are pretty self-sufficient. Clean water (in winter use a heated waterer unless your choose to carry out water a couple of times a day) and food. Both can be kept in the coup or a separate area. We keep ours in a separate area - under a car port.

Gives the chickens a bit of "space" in the winter and gets the chickens out of the coop!

Enjoy your chickens... feed them well. Fresh is not organic so be careful what you feed them!
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:12 PM
Location: IN
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I think Concord passed a law to allow backyard chickens with rules and restrictions- even on city lots.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Valerie C View Post
The chicken discussion is becoming somewhat heated here in Londonderry. We currently have a 2-acre minimum, and zoning seems unwilling to change it to 1 acre. It's been brought up a number of times, and unfortunately, the gentleman who petitioned the board had to wait until nearly midnight to make his pitch (another loooong planning board meeting). I left at 11:15, along with many other people, not realizing that his request was on the roster for the meeting. With more people becoming interested in having chickens, hopefully he'll be back again next month.

Manchester is 1-acre min, Windham is 2-acres, Derry says that if you have less than 2 acres, your chickens must be in an enclosure with a wire-mesh cover.

Chickens not only provide fresh/organic eggs, but will keep the tick population down as well. Which will be my pitch to the Town of Londonderry.

It is more than just the town laws that may limit you. I moved from a nice area in Windham on a medium chunk of land, and with the 20 pages of covenants on the property, most things weren't allowed (no farm animals of any sort, no garages visible from the street, no visible yard waste, natural siding only, etc, etc). Builders can put almost any restrictionsthey want on the property you are looking at (within reason), and basically they say that if you don't agree with those restrictions, go live somewhere else. I had to keep the horses on a farm on the other side of town.
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:32 PM
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As of July 22, 2012 there's no longer any minimum number of chicks, ducklings or goslings people have to buy in NH.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:49 PM
Location: New Hampshire
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are most people using chickens just for eggs, or also for the occasional Sunday dinner?
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:24 PM
Location: IN
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Originally Posted by jonalisa View Post
As of July 22, 2012 there's no longer any minimum number of chicks, ducklings or goslings people have to buy in NH.
Does this include no restrictions on properties located on city lots with small acerage?
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