We’re in the beginning stages of our homesteading journey and we’ve already come across our first hard lesson. On Saturday I had a coworker who is an ex-cop and fellow homesteader inform me that I may have too many chickens for my area. (I have 12 chicks) This came as a shock to me since the area we live in doesn’t seems to have many rules or regulations. Daily, we see free roaming dogs, hear a rooster crowing, are surrounded by dog breeders, and I bike past a house with 20 or so chickens. Needless to say, I thought we could have as many chickens as we wanted. It turns out that in our area you’re only allowed 8 chickens, we have 12! While I know that nobody in our area would care about our 4 extra chicks we do our best to follow the rules and abide by the laws so we decided to give away 4 chicks.
My husband’s boss was going to get chicks, so we are giving her 4 of ours today. Since we have 8 Rhode Island Reds and 4 Sex Links we’re going to give her half of our little Reds. I have only named 2 of the Reds, so that made it a lot less painful to watch those 4 go away. While I’m super sad about having to give away 4 chicks knowing that their going to a good home and will be with someone who will care for them makes me feel 1000x better about it. If you’re considering getting yourself some chicks, learn from our mistake and check your cities codes and ordinances before getting yourself some new hens.
If you’re considering getting yourself some chicks, learn from our mistake and check your cities codes and ordinances before getting yourself some new hens.
Raising our own chicks has been a super rewarding process over the past 2 weeks despite this small setback. Our hope is that we can get around 40 eggs out of 8 chickens each week. That’s enough to feed our family and have some left over to share with friends. We are now making chicken coop plans for 8 chickens, excited about spending less on eggs, and thinking about environmentally conscious ways to be able fight waste, feed our chickens, and build a sustainable homestead lifestyle.
If homesteading seems like something you’d be interested in doing but you don’t know where to start, message us! We’re new at this but would love to meet other homestead enthusiasts or those thinking about starting their own homestead. Happy Homesteading Friends!