‘Municipal regulations’ Archive

Right to Farm – Your garden and backyard flock June 13, 2014 4 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 – 3 final tips April 4, 2014 4 Comments

Throughout March, we’ve been discussing ways to work toward getting chickens legalized in your communities. Last week, we took a brief break to share some amazing news with you, but this week we’re wrapping up our legalize chickens DIY series by discussing petitions. This is often the first thing people who contact us ask about […]

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: […]

Do chickens make you look poor? August 30, 2013 10 Comments

This week, the “Listen Lissa” chicken advice column got a few queries about  the “news” story regarding the weirdest argument against backyard chickens, yet: chickens make you look poor. Wait, what? It’s true: apparently there is a subset of people who believe that  you should not keep chickens because “chickens make you look poor.” Wowza. […]

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 43 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 […]

The 6 Silliest Arguments Against Backyard Chickens July 20, 2012 58 Comments

We’ve never heard any meaningful reasons against keeping a small flock of pet backyard chickens. Objections to urban and suburban chicken keeping usually spring from basic ignorance or a lack of education about chickens, and occasionally just a plain lack of common sense. Below are the basic objections you will hear… and as you will […]