25 January 2010

Chez Poulet - Phase One

or La Petite Maison des Poussins Urbaines commence!
or City Chick Cottage gets underway!

I have recently been researching owning sheep. But alas, the City of Dallas will not allow me to have them in my small backyard. I suppose it would be impractical since they'd graze the whole place clean in one day. They will come to larger land in due time.

I can apparently have city chickens. There are only vague references to this in the City Code (sec. 51A-4.201 discusses agriculture) but I am assured by the kind folks at Dallas Animal Services that it is OK.

It has been many years since the little playhouse in the backyard has been played in. After a thorough sweeping out and a quick posting of old stuff to craigslist, I believe we are ready to roll! Next steps include screening the windows and building a door, nesting boxes and roosts.

I am reading two books that are quite helpful:
Keep Chickens - Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs and Other Small Spaces by Barbara Kilarski
Living with Chickens - Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock by Jay Rossier

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