Raising Chickens

Keeping of chickens in Ann Arbor

»Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

In June of 2008, Ann Arbor City Council passed an Ordinance allowing city residents to have up to 4 hens (no roosters) in a coop, no closer than 40′ from the nearest neighbors living quarters. Since then there have been some modifications to allow residents to apply for a 2-bird permit or a 6-bird permit (which are not for an indefinite amount of time and so need to be re-applied for regularly). If you are a resident of Ann Arbor check for the latest update to the ordinance here – if you are not a resident you can get an idea of the sorts of things you might need to agree to in a chicken keeping ordinance (and perhaps use it as a model if you are trying to get an ordinance passed in your own area) : 9:42. – Keeping of chickens. (1) Any person who...

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Baby chicks – Raising Chickens

»Posted by on Jul 23, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Raising Chickens is really fun, here are some photographs of our new baby...

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Raising New Baby Chickens

»Posted by on Jul 23, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Here my some photos of our new baby chickens. Another photo of our lovely new chicks. And another… And another lovely photo of our brand new chicks – only a few days...

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New Chicks Free Ranging With Their Mom

»Posted by on Jul 23, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Here are some photos of our new chicks with their mother on our lawn! When we act as the mother hen and incubate and hatch chicks we wonder when it is ok to let them outside to peck at grass and bugs and explore their new surroundings. We worry about whether they will get wet on dewy grass and catch a chill or if we have supplied enough grit so that they can process the new foods they are finding. You can see from the photo that these chicks are a matter of days old. An actual mother hen just gets on with it (and is looking after her brood very well). Raising chickens is lots of fun! Free range baby chicks roaming around our garden with their...

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We are their slaves – But it’s worth it

»Posted by on Jul 21, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Raising chickens can be lots of fun. They do require some care but it is relatively minimal. They need less attention than a dog for instance, but can be just as much ‘pets’ as one if you let them. The more time you spend with them you will find all their little characters and mannerisms, like the one who will almost elbow everyone out of the way to get to the mealworms and other treats (perhaps I should say ‘wing’ rather than elbow?). The other hen who will mercilessly kick out every bit of straw from the nestbox after watching you carefully lay it in there. You may have one who likes to sit on your lap, and another who will dive into a hedge if you even look like you might try to pick her up. The more time you spend with them the more you...

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Chicks

»Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Our six new chicks

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