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#559789 - 10th Aug 2011 5:54pm the law regarding the keeping of chickens
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can anyone help me out with this, im thinkning of getting some chickens and ive been told there are local bye laws regarding keeping them in residential areas
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#559792 - 10th Aug 2011 5:57pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: jabber_Ish]
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No...you can get some. I have three ex battery hens in my back garden. You don't need a cockerel, but if you want one it is a good idea to check that your neighbours won't mind the crowing in the mornings!

Happy to show you pics of my set up and contacts etc. Drop me a PM.

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#559794 - 10th Aug 2011 5:58pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: manic28_am]
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awesome fast responce

how noisy are layers ? i dont want to upset the neighbours

ive got a small stone shed i can convert for them


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#559799 - 10th Aug 2011 6:05pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: jabber_Ish]
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They grumble and cluck but nothing too bad. Never had any complaints. The noise is actually quite nice.

Shed sounds ideal. How many are you thinking of getting? Three hens gets me about 15-20 eggs a week which is too many for me! I sell them in work for 1 a box.

Are you buying new chickens or getting ex-battery hens?

I got mine from Brish Hen Welfare Trust. www.bhwt.org.uk

Please consider giving some of these hens a future!

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#559801 - 10th Aug 2011 6:06pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: manic28_am]
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was going to get 2 or 3, hadnt really thought of a source but may go down that route and give a few a decent home and life


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#559811 - 10th Aug 2011 6:13pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: jabber_Ish]
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You get your girls for free... they just appreciate a small donation to cover transport costs (I gave them a tenner).

Let me know if you want more info.

Andy

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#559812 - 10th Aug 2011 6:13pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: manic28_am]
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i will thanks andy
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#559842 - 10th Aug 2011 6:42pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: jabber_Ish]
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My sister's chucks.
This is Edwina and Maggie is in the hen house!
Sorry to those who have already seen these pics but,Jabber was away when I posted them.


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#559843 - 10th Aug 2011 6:50pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: Bezzymate]
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cool bezzy, i need to sort a split door to the shed to make it fox proof, want to give the chicks free reign of most of the garden
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#559845 - 10th Aug 2011 6:54pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: jabber_Ish]
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You do know that they will eat all your plants and grass don't you?

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#559847 - 10th Aug 2011 6:56pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: Bezzymate]
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even if i keep em very well fed ?
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#559848 - 10th Aug 2011 6:57pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: jabber_Ish]
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Oh yes!

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#559870 - 10th Aug 2011 7:33pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: jabber_Ish]
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Up until a couple of years ago I kept hens. Just bog standard Isa Browns etc. Nothing fancy. They are great time-wasters ! Wonderful to watch them establish a pecking order (sorry). Easiest thing in the world to keep. Keep an eye out for Red Mites in the henhouse though. I got batches of 5 or six. In retrospect too many really. More eggs than I could sell from the house, or give away to friends.

Eggs straight from the nestbox are a hundred times better than even the best "organic free range" stuff from the shops. Dark, rich yolks. Yummy.

If you are having a fixed, fenced enclosure, it might start off as grass, but towards the winter it will end up like the Somme on a bad day. Amazingly it does recover though - until the next winter.

Keep the hen house as clean as you can. Plenty of sawdust etc. Clean straw for the nest boxes. Go for it ! They all become great characters. Plenty of good info on the net on how to get started.

I'm sure Bezzy (if she's still speaking to me. ha.ha) will agree that they are great things to have around the garden.

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#559907 - 10th Aug 2011 8:06pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: ]
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our neighbour has three, good sized ones too. Shes talked me into getting some, missus not too happy, oh well, bit of peace and quiet while im in the dog house (henhouse??) then!!
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#559952 - 10th Aug 2011 8:51pm Re: the law regarding the keeping of chickens [Re: jabber_Ish]
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You need to check your deeds that there is no covenant about livestock (or landlord if rented). There is no need to register if you have less than 50 hens, I guess you won't want 12,500+ eggs a year.
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