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    City Chickens

    Well my wife has been talking about since before we bought our house, and short of her having read the Des Moines ordinances wrong and it actually being illegal, it looks like well probably be trying to do chickens in town at some point. Hs anybody here done this. What are your experiences?what are the start up costs? What should we avoid?



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    Re: City Chickens

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    What should we avoid?
    Getting chickens.

    When I was a kid my younger brother begged to get chickens (really wanted a calf, but compromised). I remember saying this is a horrible idea and I want no part of it. I'm not doing the chores this is all on him. That lasted like a week.

    I grew up in small town Iowa and did plenty of help with livestock. Chickens suck though. Just remember no poop smells worse than chicken poop.



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    Re: City Chickens

    Thought this was a thread about a rural Iowan moving to Des Moines.

    Seriously, our neighbors in Ames have chickens and they are surprisingly not very noticeable. We hear them occasionally, but even then it isn't bad.



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    Re: City Chickens

    I think they are legal in CR. Cant give any advice though.



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    Re: City Chickens

    Buy eggs they arent more expensive than owning chickens.



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    Re: City Chickens

    I had some hens several times when I was young. I don't think any of them lasted more than 6 months before something "got them"... That was out in the country though - you'll probably have better luck in town. Oh, and chickens are almost 0 work, and like a previous poster mentioned - you barely notice them. You won't have to buy eggs though. Also, chickens are gardens go well together.



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    Re: City Chickens

    I've never personally owned any, but had family members that had them on their farm. Basically, the gist I got from chickens was that you had to sell them to actually make it feasible. You either spend more money keeping them alive to get eggs from them for yourself or you have to have enough to sell to other people. Which probably makes it not worth it, unless you really love chickens and like a lot of pets.

    Then again, I brew my own beer. I have people ask me all the time, "How much money do you save?" to which I always reply, "I don't care, I'm brewing my own beer."



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    Re: City Chickens

    Its costs more to keep chickens around than to buy eggs. If my memory is correct you almost get an egg a day per chicken. You have to feed them chicken feed out of a chicken feeder, plus you have to have a different feeder that has feed in it that helps makes their eggs shells hard. You will need a place for them to lay their eggs and they **** on their eggs. Oh the chicken coop really smells, worse that a cattle lot or pig shed. IMO its one of those things that sounds like fun and a good idea, but after a few months of doing it you will be ready to be done with them.


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    Re: City Chickens

    Aren't eggs like $.15 a piece?



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    Re: City Chickens

    I'd run it by the neighbors first.



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    Re: City Chickens

    I'm sure this isn't the type of info being solicited, but, being a message board, and me being from Johnson County, I believe it to be my right to tell you what I think, despite your lack of interest. Because, although I'm an ISU grad, we Johnson county folk have learned to feel our opinions and importance to be greater than those of the general, unwashed Iowa folk.

    The people's republic of Iowa City recently concluded a rousing and spirited debate on the topic of urban chickens. As typical, the lines split evenly between the dirty hippies and the doctor/lawyer crowd. As one would expect, the doctor/lawyer crowd were aghast at allowing their dirty hippie neighbors to do anything that could somehow affect their over inflated property values. The dirty hippies, on the contrary, were confounded as to why one would attempt to tell them what they could and couldn't do with their property (which is ironic considering lawsuits, protests, and petitions result any time anyone buy land and start a project that could affect their favorite vegan restaurant..for instance).

    The proposed ordinance came in with a limit on the # of chickens one could raise, how they should be kept, and at least one version had a clause saying the neighbors had veto power. I also heard, at one point, that you would not be allowed to kill your chickens after they stopped producing eggs, but you had to allow them to live out their days in peace (no word on whether they were allowed to retire to Florida to play pinochle and canasta). It was at this point that I was not at all in favor of this proposal...if I raise a chicken in my back yard, there will be NO ONE who can tell me that I can't cut it's head off, shove a beer can up it's arse and roast it, gawddammit. This is AMERICA.

    The dirty hippies argued that it would help to teach their kids about how animals are raised and about making their own food...because in Iowa, you just can't learn those rural lessons without driving...oh, at least 4 minutes to a farm. The doctor/lawyer crowd argued that...umm..chicken schit stinks, man, and it's hippies that are going to be having these chickens, they don't even groom themselves, how can we expect them to clean up chicken schit. Furthermore, you think them hippies are going to RESTRAIN their 'gotta be free, man' chickens' sprits by keeping them COOPED UP?

    In the end, the doctor/lawyer crowd won out...not necessarily because there was a hugely convincing argument one way or the other, but mainly because the doctor/lawyer crowd has been winning out in the peoples' republic of Iowa City lately...ever since Coralville dang near put the peoples' republic completely on it's back by catering to them while the peoples' republic let the dirty hippies run the show for the last decade or two and about completely stopped any economic development whatsoever.

    Thus ends this installment of an outsiders' guide to insider Iowa City....



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    Re: City Chickens

    Chickens are disgusting animals. They will attract opposums and raccoons to your hood. Were looking at $8 corn (i just wanted to say that) youll spend more than youll save by far. Who takes care of them when your gone? Youll shoot your eye out. Youll have to keep them locked up or they will "fly the coop" and lay eggs all over.



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    Re: City Chickens

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    * What are your experiences?what are the start up costs? What should we avoid?
    Eggs are better with a very orange darker yolk. But thats what farmers markets are for so I too wouldnt advise. My brother has and they order a lot then inevitably (hes in wisconsin on a farm) either a martin or raccoon breaks into the coop and kills them all. So he has lost every time. But if you do it what to avoid: raccoons in town. They will pull the chickens through the chicken wire and circle the pen so one will scare right into the hands of another. So use the small holed variety when making your pen. I have ducks (now duck) that live on our pond and we learned this the hard way when reinforcing their duck house. Costs are low if you construct a pen yourself. Also if making using any part wood remember to reinforce as they will scratch through wood.


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    Re: City Chickens

    I'd prefer city beef over city chicken.



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