2 months ago
A chicken story.
Years ago, in another life, in another place, I lived on a small lot with a good number of neighbors around. I REALLY wanted to have a small flock of chickens in my backyard. Being the generally well-behaved citizen that I am, I went to city hall to find out how I could make this dream a reality. I left city hall with a chicken shaped hole in my heart. Due to the size of my lot, I would need to pay $300 just to present my case to the planning board. At the time, $300 just wasn't doable for me--it was everything I had saved for the coop and birds alone.
As luck would have it, soon afterward I was hauling rocks for one of my garden beds early one morning, and my next door neighbor spotted me. Because she was an amazing neighbor, she offered to help. We got to talking, and I mentioned in passing my chicken sadness. "But I would LOVE it if you had chickens!" she said. "As long as I could come visit them." Since she was the only neighbor whose yard abutted mine, I knew that no one else would even SEE the chickens, let alone complain about them. The spirit of the city rules--don't bother your neighbor with chickens--would prevail. .
I had my flock at that place for two years, six Buff Orpingtons I raised from day-old chicks. I learned so much, and I think that both me and the neighbors were happier having chickens around. .
I can't really advocate being a chicken outlaw, because it doesn't always end so well, but I really found a passion in keeping those first six birds. I'm glad I went for it with my neighbor's support. Now I have a larger flock, and so much land that we could keep pretty much any animal we wanted, but it all started there.
What was your first homesteady endeavor? Have you encountered any similar obstacles? What are the rules where you live? .
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