Pat Veretto is one of our regular bloggers, and also runs her own blogs: Country Living in A City Home, Pat Veretto’s Frugal Living Blog, and Extremely Frugal. Recently, she published a piece that fits perfectly with our recent Not-Quite-City-Chickens theme: what to expect if you want your own birds.
If a small backyard flock of hens providing fresh, healthy eggs, meat and pest control, plus the sheer fun of watching and hearing chickens do their thing makes you think happy, why not do it? Just because you live in town doesn’t mean you wouldn’t like to have a chicken or two around the place!
The first thing to think about, though, is the law in your town. It’s surprising how many towns and cities do allow chickens, but some don’t.
Places as varied as Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Los Angeles, California, Atlanta, Georgia and Lawrence, Kansas, allow chickens (usually no roosters) in a backyard.
Some cities allow them but have restrictions that make it impossible or impractical for most people. For instance, Denver, Colorado requires a $50 application fee, then a $100 permit that must be renewed each year for $70. So much for inexpensive eggs!
You should be able to find out if your area allows chickens by going to their web site or contacting the city offices.