Friday, April 15, 2011

#326...chicken abode

For awhile now, I've had my heart set on getting some pet chickens. Backyard chickens are becoming very popular and I really like eggs, so I want some. My Dad grew up on a chicken farm, and he will think this is an awful idea, but I want them nonetheless. I checked out to learn more about it, and for the past few months, I have been under the assumption that the city of Houston did not allow urban hen pets. Last week for work I visited a house that had 3 hens and a really great set-up for caring for them. The home owner told me that the city does allow urban hens, just no my chicken dream is alive again! I bought this book on Amazon to learn more about it.
Once Tyler is finished with the pottery cabana, I'm planning on conning him into building a chicken coop in our side yard. Dwell magazine has some great examples of modern hen houses like this, this and this.

My next door neighbors are about to undergo a big house remodel, and since that is the side I want to put my chickens on, I will probably wait until they finish construction, as it seems cruel to force my new hens to listen to saws, compressors and nail guns all day.


Teri said...

so, this is an argument in our neighborhood from time to time....I live in a hippie/green neighborhood, and lots of people want chickens. And there is nothing prohibiting them, (except roosters), but everytime it comes up, things get pretty heated--I think people are worried about the smell and asthetics (although I'm sure if they saw pics of those houses, they wouldn't be worried!) I say go for it. How cool would that be to have fresh eggs? Hopefully your neighborhood would be more supportive!

Ashley Kellogg said...

We've got chickens on 25th! I could steal one for you. Or you could just hit Wabash.