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I've seen several articles and also heard a few segments on NPR about "urban chickens" and a renewed interest in keeping chickens in the city or a suburban yard :) I grew up in a rural area and we most always had chickens around (as well as ducks, geese and turkeys), but I don't have any now.

Are any of you poultry-keepers in the city or other "non-rural" area?
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I am just now getting started in this myself. We live in the city and are looking to get 3-4 hens.

He was getting a coop tractor...
Rooster Hill Farms, Inc - Home

The setup comes with 6 hens. I think that is too many for that space. We are looking to build an additional pen for roaming.
 

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I would love to do this, I even called the city.
They said too noisy...have they heard my house. LOL
 

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I would love to do this, I even called the city.
They said too noisy...have they heard my house. LOL
was that for hens or roosters?

I live in a tiny town (less than 5,000 pop) and we are allowed up to 20 chickens but no roosters (because of the noise they make)
 

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Well I asked but they said that opens the door to other farm animals and they are not willing to go that route.......sigh.

I would love to have 5 chickens :)
 

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Well I asked but they said that opens the door to other farm animals and they are not willing to go that route.......sigh.

I would love to have 5 chickens :)
that stinks! :(

I love having chickens, they are so much smarter than many people realize and so much fun to watch, plus 'yard eggs' are out of this world yummy
 

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I would love to have chickens too, but I am afraid the hawks, gators and whatever killed Raja and Rameses would get them.

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That was always a problem with us growing up (and still is) Ginger ... coyotes, foxes, possums, and other predators were always getting to the hens and/or the eggs.
 

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I am just now getting started in this myself. We live in the city and are looking to get 3-4 hens.

He was getting a coop tractor...
Rooster Hill Farms, Inc - Home

The setup comes with 6 hens. I think that is too many for that space. We are looking to build an additional pen for roaming.
it does look a little small ... all of the coop recommendations seem to start off small, from what I can tell.
 

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that stinks! :(

I love having chickens, they are so much smarter than many people realize and so much fun to watch, plus 'yard eggs' are out of this world yummy
The biggest bonus for my parents having them now it that the chickesn eat bugs in the yard. :D They help to control ticks and other pests.
 

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We had chickens when we lived in the Suburbs right in town. Never even thought of asking if it was ok :D Sometimes it is easier to seek forgiveness than it is to ask permission in the first place ;)We had all hens and none of our neighbors ever complained. The neighborhood kids all loved them. We then moved to the country and I had chickens for years here too. Now I switched to the indoor much louder chickens :lol:
 

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That was always a problem with us growing up (and still is) Ginger ... coyotes, foxes, possums, and other predators were always getting to the hens and/or the eggs.
it does look a little small ... all of the coop recommendations seem to start off small, from what I can tell.
The biggest bonus for my parents having them now it that the chickesn eat bugs in the yard. :D They help to control ticks and other pests.

the coop itself doesn't have to be huge - they are generally only in there to lay an egg or to roost at night

ours are in a large pen with 10 ft walls (it was built to hold a white tail deer originally) and we have had minimal problems with predators

the big thing is to collect the eggs daily to not attract unwelcome guests like snakes and possums



they and the ducks have made a big difference in the insect population :)
 

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the coop itself doesn't have to be huge - they are generally only in there to lay an egg or to roost at night

ours are in a large pen with 10 ft walls (it was built to hold a white tail deer originally) and we have had minimal problems with predators

the big thing is to collect the eggs daily to not attract unwelcome guests like snakes and possums



they and the ducks have made a big difference in the insect population :)
Oh yeah, true, but some of the coops I've seen advertised are "permanent homes" and they assume that the hens won't be free-ranging.
 

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that's sad - they need a little room to move around

several years ago the local paper ran an article on 'backyard chickens' and they had directions for a moveable coop and enclosed run - it was designed for 2 -4 game chickens which are a little smaller than the regular ones - it was neat though because it was portable and saved the grass :)
 

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We won't really be able to free-range our chickens so we want to get a coop tractor. Which is what I linked to. It would allow us to move it around in the yard.

I am going back and forth about this. I am beginning to wonder if we would be better off building a more permanent coop with a run.

I have the need to be sure I do this right, NWIM?
 

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I love chickens! I'd love to have some one day. I can't have any free range unfortunately :( Too many predatory birds, coons, foxes, probably coyotes.
 

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I did already think of owning a chicken or two when I had a house for the eggs - however, my city doesn't allow it so it's a mute point :(
 

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We won't really be able to free-range our chickens so we want to get a coop tractor. Which is what I linked to. It would allow us to move it around in the yard.

I am going back and forth about this. I am beginning to wonder if we would be better off building a more permanent coop with a run.

I have the need to be sure I do this right, NWIM?
If it were me, Debbie, and I had the space, I'd build a permanent coop with as large a pen as I could manage and let the hens out for supervised jaunts beyond the pen. More space is always better (both inside and out). Those coop tractors are really not large enough (not for the hens to move around, not for someone to really keep chickens). They're fine if you've also got a coop and pen for them, but not alone, IMO.
 

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I guess I am getting started. This was unexpected...

 
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