‘Chicken Laws’ Archive

So you want chickens? Here are the first 4 rules of chicken farming. March 24, 2020 2 Comments

Does Coronavirus have you thinking about producing your own food? Sweet. But take a sec and think this through, please… Yesterday I was chatting with a good friend who works at our local feed and seed store. They’ve been swamped with customers clearing out seed packs, buying up gardening supplies, and scooping up hens. That’s […]

Share eggs & get your stingy town to (finally) legalize chickens March 19, 2020 1 Comment

Do you live in a town you wish would stop stomping on backyard chickens? Have you tried to legalize chickens and failed? Does your town council or zoning commission seem to want to control your every move? Do they force you to pay for a permit for the privilege of raising a few hens? In […]

Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Chickens, Changing Backyard Chicken Laws October 9, 2018 1 Comment

As detailed in my last post, Cock of the Walk: When a Rooster isn’t a Rooster, many local chicken ordinances outlaw roosters, and most chickeneers are happy to comply. It is a small sacrifice to make. What about those parts of the country, like Baltimore County where I live, that have laws that restrict or […]

Right to Farm – Your garden and backyard flock June 13, 2014 6 Comments

On Facebook yesterday, we shared a story from Michigan. Michigan residents have just lost their Right to Farm protections. There was a variety of response to this distressing news.With the responses were a few misconceptions. For instance, some were panicked, seemingly under the mistaken impression that backyard chickens have been expressly outlawed. That’s not the […]

Legalize Chickens DIY – Part 3 March 21, 2014 No Comments

The first part of this blog series on how to work toward legalizing backyard pet chickens in your area can be found here. The second “legalize chickens” post can be found here. By now, you’ve done some research so you know what the laws are, who can change them, and you have a proposal to […]

Legalize Chickens DIY – Part 2 March 14, 2014 No Comments

Last week I posted Part 1 of the “Legalize Chickens DIY” series. This is the second post in the series. If you read last week’s post, by now you’ve done some research. You know what the laws are in your area, you know who can change those laws, and you know whether or not they […]

Legalize Chickens DIY – Part 1 March 7, 2014 7 Comments

We’ve received a lot of questions over the years about how people interested in keeping chickens can legalize chickens in their area. The typical arguments against keeping small flocks of backyard hens are silly, to say the least. They’re so silly, I wrote a blog post about  the 6 silliest arguments against keeping backyard chickens, […]

The Hen: An Appreciation – E.B. White October 27, 2013 2 Comments

Our blog at My Pet Chicken has made many posts and references about the social misconceptions associated with keeping a backyard flock. Such as Lissa’s post: Do chickens make you look poor? Yet, the humble chicken always finds its way back into our backyards and hearts.  When I read this essay by E.B. White—“The Hen: […]

Chickens and dogs (Listen Lissa) August 23, 2013 20 Comments

Chickens and dogs: they don’t naturally get along. A reader writes to “Listen Lissa,” asking how to handle the loss of her chickens to a neighbor’s dogs: My neighbors’ dog gets out of their house a lot. Twice he got into my enclosed chicken yard and has now killed half of my hens. How do […]

Microflock: Top 7 Pet Chicken Breed Choices June 7, 2013 44 Comments

If you have a microflock—meaning an exceptionally small flock of three to five hens—you have to be selective with your breed choices if you want to be able to gather enough eggs to supply your family. Some towns tightly restricts on the number of hens you can keep to just three or five, so you […]