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I saw this on CNN's site today. It looks like more folks are waking up. I use to live in Louisville and never knew chickens could be kept in the city. I wish I could have them here, stupid health department says no way.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2009/1...n.chickens.wave

 

 

 

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John

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I had 3 hens when I lived in the city. I had them well hidden and they were girls so no one would hear roosters crowing. No one ever knew about them. Most suburbs have enough yard space for keeping chickens.

 

When DH was young he said it was very common for city folk to keep chickens. He was a kid during WWII and it wasn't that far past the depression era. Also things weren't nearly as regulated as they are nowadays.

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A young man from Indy who bought some chickens from me this last summer said his grandfather had told him nearly *everyone* in the city had chickens up til about the '50s. He'd said that even people in apartments had roof-top chicken coops.

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If you live in a place that prohibits "livestock" and you want chickens, read around the code and the statute carefully. Many places with a livestock prohibition specifically choose not to prohibit three or fewer chickens unless they are a noise nuisance.

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Here you can't have chickens within 100 feet of another house or business. Hard to do in a subdivision. :(

 

 

 

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John

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Remember - hens can raise quite a ruckus without the rooster when they lay or see a threat.

 

They are not "quiet" by any means.

 

Ted

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I have heard that most cities that have an ordinance against chickens will not have one against quail. So that might be one way to get around it. They may not be the same size, but still an egg is an egg.

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Here you can't have chickens within 100 feet of another house or business. Hard to do in a subdivision. :(

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John

 

 

Here it's 6 hens within 40 feet and the permission of your closest neighbors. There are already several who have some so I don't think it will be an issue.

I know that people in many cities are working hard to change the (silly) laws...

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I may just have to make a trip to the health department and get a list of what can and can't be kept in the city. I have a friend that works there, she may know of any ways around the rules also.

 

 

 

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John

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