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Free chicken coop and pen

Started by Georgia Williams May 9, 2017. 0 Replies

(Up to) 4 hens looking for new home

Started by Keltie Craig Sep 10, 2016. 0 Replies

layer pellet feed free OBO

Started by Alyssa K Aug 31, 2016. 0 Replies

Fertilized eggs?

Started by Alyssa K Jul 21, 2016. 0 Replies

feed and shavings

Started by Vicky. Last reply by Alyssa K Jun 12, 2016. 1 Reply

Chicks looking to be homed

Started by Laura Arp Jun 9, 2016. 0 Replies

Looking for New Hens

Started by Amy Weeks. Last reply by Alyssa K May 16, 2016. 7 Replies

Another sick chicken!

Started by Sasha Fergusson. Last reply by Alyssa K May 13, 2016. 12 Replies

hoping to lend out laying hens for summer!

Started by Sasha Fergusson Apr 25, 2016. 0 Replies

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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

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

Meanwhile Grade Eh farm in Delta have some decent breeds to purchase.

Comment by Terence Chung on June 9, 2013 at 11:37pm

Anyone raising meat rabbits with chickens for eggs?


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