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Chicken Coop Co-ops

Welcome to the place for all things Backyard Chickens where chicken folk can meet, share knowledge and experience and help each other out with coop sitting, feed sharing... etc. There's lots of information and resources in the Discussion area.

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Chicks for Spring?

Started by Alyssa K. Last reply by Alyssa K Feb 18. 12 Replies


Started by Caitlin Dorward. Last reply by stephanie st loe Feb 6. 1 Reply

Building A Coop

Started by Lini Hutchings. Last reply by Lini Hutchings Jan 26. 7 Replies

Cuddly hen(s) wanted

Started by Alyssa K Dec 30, 2014. 0 Replies

Chicken Kennels Services Needed....

Started by Joeyjojo. Last reply by Joeyjojo Dec 22, 2014. 4 Replies

Their back yard, your hens?

Started by stephanie st loe. Last reply by Alyssa K Nov 9, 2014. 1 Reply

Disposing of dead birds?

Started by Kristi Tatebe. Last reply by Jordan Maynard Aug 14, 2014. 3 Replies

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Comment by Lini Hutchings on January 25, 2015 at 9:05pm

Hello Chickeneers,
We are beginning our coop efforts, and I wonder if any of you have advice or spare materials you would be willing to pass on. I am happy to pay a suitable fee for any materials which are cluttering up your shed. :-)


Comment by stephanie st loe on November 1, 2014 at 6:43pm

Hey Alyssa and others whose housing situation is not chicken-friendly,

Have you considered that your hens might not need to live on the same property as you do? Maybe you can find someone who lives close to you who has a back yard and would be willing to share/trade space for eggs/ gardening help? There are some garden sharing groups around. Chicken friendly is not easy even if you own the joint. I followed every reg and guideline religiously and my neighbors still needed to be TLC'd into being comfortable with the idea. Landlords are always paranoid about tenants who move out and leave a mess they'll need to fix or the city and the neighbors complaining. Maybe try the yard sharing folks?
Good luck!

Comment by Alyssa K on October 17, 2014 at 6:46pm

Still looking for chicken-friendly housing... I'm not out on the street yet, but the RTB may decide otherwise on Nov. 12. Need: direct access to yard, space for chicken coop, windows. For me & the girls (2 now) & one cat.

Comment by Alex Kurnicki on September 20, 2014 at 10:04am
After a 3rd daylight attack from Racoons, I'm not prepared to spend time & $$ to bombproof my chicken run. So, I'm selling out! :)

4 pullets (Caramel Queens- 4 months old) for $60 + 1 laying of the same breed (6-7 months old) for $20 + a bunch of layer & pullet feed, grit, oyster shells, etc for another $35. Total 115$. Sound fair?

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Comment by Alyssa K on August 3, 2014 at 11:48pm

Chicken-friendly-housing: I love my place near Commercial-Broadway, but my landlord (and one particular neighbor) don't love the chickens (any more). I'd prefer to stay in East Van; ideally Grandview-Woodlands, Strathcona or Hastings Sunrise. Please let me know of any one- to two-bedroom places that you know of, or any leads toward such. Thanks!

Comment by Ross Moster on June 9, 2014 at 10:39am

This would a great place to stimulate discussion on this. VV's Demo Sustainable Village ( will be at 13th and Main again this year. There's going to be a little chicken keepers village within the village where folks (and chickens!) can hang out and connect - I'll post more details shortly.

Both the Vancouver Food Policy Council and Village were very active around getting chickens legalized last time around. Village, of course, is interested in this, and I can see if my fellow VFPC members would be interested in getting involved again as well.

At the time, it was felt that the Bylaw was a 1st step and there was discussion around VFPC revisiting the bylaw in a couple years to see what improvements might be suggested, including potentially allowing for more chickens in general, allowing chickens in community gardens, allowing more chickens on apartment properties, etc.

Comment by Duncan Martin on June 8, 2014 at 11:03pm

I'll be at Main St. Car Free Days with the hens and I'd like to give passers-by a chance to show support for a change or tell their stories about the chickens they've seen in their hoods -- and how they're not a nuisance by any means. Please stop by if you're around. I set up each year in the Village Vancouver Village (usually at 13th and Main). I'll try to gather names for support. I'd say lets shoot for 8 hens. It's usually only one that's noisy anyway so 4 or 8 really has little difference in decibels.

Comment by Caitlin Dorward on June 8, 2014 at 3:29pm

Thanks for offering to bring this up with your colleagues Kelty.

Stephanie - do you want to collect info since you were the initial instigator?

For me the reason I'd want to keep more is also that I don't get enough eggs from 4 chickens so I also have to supplement with store bought eggs. It would be little to no extra work to have one or two extra hens and I'd be happy to spend a little extra on feed to offset what I spend on store-bought eggs. I think if the limit was increased to 6 or higher, neighbours would be more likely to collaborate on keeping chickens together which would be win-win for everyone as you could split the work, only have one coop instead of two, and share care of them when you're away on holiday which is for me one of the biggest hassles of having backyard chickens.

Comment by Keltie Craig on June 3, 2014 at 9:47am

Hi there, I have hens and I also work for the City. I asked my colleagues in Food Policy about best method of providing this feedback on hen limits. They let me know that they're pretty occupied with updating the beekeeping guidelines currently, but that if we want to start collecting names/contact info of those that are interested in having the hen limit revisited, as well as rationale for why, that can be very helpful to them once they have capacity to turn attention to backyard hen policy (probably not until next year). If someone wants to take on collecting this info, I can help facilitate passing it to the right people at the City.

Comment by Caitlin Dorward on June 2, 2014 at 12:18pm

I'd also support a request to increase the limit! To 6 or 8.


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