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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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Broody Hens Wanted

Started by Jordan Maynard. Last reply by Jordan Maynard Jul 7. 2 Replies

starter feed

Started by Desiree menendez. Last reply by Desiree menendez Jun 3. 2 Replies

Rats!!!

Started by Caroline. Last reply by stephanie st loe Jun 2. 10 Replies

Hatched chicks need homes

Started by Jean Kindratsky Jun 1. 0 Replies

Looking for chicks!

Started by Bettina Apr 25. 0 Replies

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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 (http://www.villagevancouver.ca/events/imagining-your-ideal-neighbou...) 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.

Comment by Laura Arp on June 2, 2014 at 9:19am

I would support a request to raise the number of chickens in Vancouver. Even 6 would be better than 4!

Comment by stephanie st loe on June 2, 2014 at 9:13am

Rat proof coop:
We had rats in the coop this winter. Not nice. I managed to keep them out by renovating the coop and adding a small gauge wire mesh floor. I sandwiched the edges between the coop frame and 2 x 4's and screwed them together, then put 8" of sand back on top for the hens to scratch around in. Its been working for 4 months now-no sign of rats. Yay.

Comment by stephanie st loe on June 2, 2014 at 9:08am

Is anyone else interested in asking the city of Vancouver to increase the maximum number of hens from 4 to 8? My hens are 2 years old and producing well, but we still need to buy extra eggs sometimes. Also when my girl's quit laying I want to give them a retirement home and also have room for hens that are producing. Does anyone know the first step? Has North Van had any issues with its 8 hen limit?

Comment by Colleen E. on December 23, 2013 at 8:58pm

I have two 6 month old roosters, who are 3/4 silkie. I am looking for a good home for them, and can send pictures to anyone who is interested. They are not aggressive at all except with each other sometimes. They were hatched and raised together. I am hoping that they won't be eaten. Free to good homes.

Comment by Terence Chung on December 13, 2013 at 11:03am

Rare Chicken breeds coming to Surrey on May 16th 2014

http://www.berrytanglefarm.com/product/spring-2014-canada-chicken-d...

I am going to pick up some Icelandic if more people are joining the Surrey delivery.

Meanwhile http://www.gradeehfarms.ca/ Grade Eh farm in Delta have some decent breeds to purchase.

 

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