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Old 09-23-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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You could also try contacting your local 4h group as well.... I was a poultry group member for nearly 10 years and a leader for 3. Went to a lot of poultry shows (that's a GREAT way to look at the different breeds, since they're all grouped together and displayed in individual cages. You can also talk to the judges and breeders and get pretty good prices (if not free) of defected but still perfectly healthy birds. I had around 75 laying hens and 35 or so show birds, which included my favorite breed/type, Crele Old English. my little rooster used to sit on the feed bucket when I was milking the goats and try to steal food. Luckily, the goats didn't mind him and didn't really pay him much attention. I really like mixing a few bantams and laying birds together, gives an interesting appearance to your flock.
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Marylands Easternshore
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Rhose Island reds are wonderful, and Black Alstralorpes {SP?} are lovely big birds.
both give great nice big brown eggs, love them
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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I am just starting to learn about chickens. My favorite is a little banty rooster, he is a beautiful combination of black, shimmery green, and red-gold. I like that he is so colorful and tiny, makes me think of a little toy.
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:09 AM
 
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I just picked up 12 chickens and a rooster from a summer camp for children. They buy them from McMurrays and let the children raise them. In the fall, they give them away. I have mostly polish chickens and a few bantys. The polish chicks are comical and such interesting colors.
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:11 PM
 
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How do i find out if i can keep chickens as pets? I only want two of them, we have about an acre and are in Jackson Township.
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:41 PM
 
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How do i find out if i can keep chickens as pets? I only want two of them, we have about an acre and are in Jackson Township.
Call your Local Town Zoning Dept. or maybe the Town Clerk's office can answer that question for you. Sometimes your Township will put the Zoning Codes on their website (if they have one) and you can look it up yourself. What state do you live in?
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Old 11-16-2008, 09:52 PM
 
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I keep chickens,and some of my favorites are Easter Eggers,Buff Orpingtons,Silkies,Speckled Sussex. I don't know if this site was already listed,but it's a MUST-SEE for poultry people, TONS of chicken & other poultry pics there!!

http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKPoultryPage.html
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:23 AM
 
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I just bought a house on a half acre, and our dozen chicks are due to arrive next month! We ordered all girls, I don't want a noisy boy around here. I figure on a couple chicks maybe not making it, so if we end up with 8 or so, that's fine.

I had a friend who had a small flock like this, and not only could you not hear nor smell them, you would not even know they were there if you didn't look closely.
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:50 AM
 
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For starters, MOST cities ordinances allow citizens to keep chickens as long as they are confined to a coop or cages and the owner doesn't put up a "farm fresh eggs" sign by the street. "

I don't think this is true. I've lived several different states and have talked to zoning guys in each of them.
Chickens are considered "livestock". Livestock is not allowed by residential ordinances. (there may be some exceptions, like tiny towns in the middle of nowhere)
In some places (my region/area) of Ohio, horses are considered "pets". So you can actually have horses (restrictions vary by plat and acreage) in many places that you cannot have chickens.
Do some people keep a couple in the backyard? Sure. If no one cares. But if the neighbors complain chances are someone will make you get rid of them.
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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Try a couple bunnies! They're quiet.
Yes, and they are cuter than chickens, but their chocolate covered marshmallow eggs are difficult to fry, and impossible to scramble.
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