Saturday, June 30, 2007

Little Chicks Have Moved into New Housing

Today was moving day for our 26 chicks. They are about 6 weeks old right now, and way too big to stay in the brooder anymore.

For comparison, this picture is from the day we received them.

And this is from yesterday. Look how big they are compared to the waterer!

Last day in the brooder.

And this is their new home. They're in one of the chicken tractors. We had to put old window screens on the bottom because we used fencing to create a bottom for the tractor and the spaces are too large--they can almost go through.

The older hens are in the other, with the ability to leave it and roam outside. The chicken tractors used to be functional and moved around the yard, until we decided to create the new coop and just attach a tractor to each side and add nesting boxes.

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Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

Do you guys have some property?

I need to find out what the laws are here - I'd love to have chickens and have fresh eggs...

Our neighbor keeps pigeons and it's so soothing to hear their coos....

Silvia said...

I live in an area of the county that is zoned rural/agricultural--there are cattle across the gravel rd from us. :) However, in other areas that are zoned residential, there could be different restrictions. I actually just looked up the code for the city of Charlottesvile, and it says:

It shall be unlawful for any person to permit any chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons or other fowl belonging to him to go at large in the city; except, that homing pigeons may be released for return to their cote without violating this section.

But that's it. And I called the city to see if there were restrictions on keeping roosters, because a hs friend emailed that she was told she couldn't have a rooster in the city, and the woman I spoke with said there is nothing restricting owning a rooster in the city. I suppose a neighborhood association could try to add restrictions, but the city worker said city code would supercede that.