When we moved into our house (it’s a rental) it was made very clear to me by my daughter that she wanted to raise chickens for fresh eggs! Our awesome landlord, Paula, was kind enough to give us permission to keep a small flock in our backyard as it is legal in our city of Wheat Ridge, Colorado. You are apparently allowed hens (no roosters) and our city even permits one goat.
Lately the weather has been cold. The first day it barely snowed then it started snowing more. The second day it was a little worse but mom was nervous about how cold the weather forecast said it would be during the night so she put the rabbits and chickens in the shed. Today, the fourth day, she let them back in the coop. When she was moving them, she found my chicken very lethargic so I tried to help save my chicken but she still died in my arms. I was very sad but mom bought me a white Americauna with a cool looking face. When she died I screamed then burst into tears. The chicken that died was London’s chicken named road runner and I had chosen the name.
We are renting a house near Denver and I am looking into the rules associated with backyard, residential farming. Before I ask our landlord for permission I am looking into what we can and cannot have. Here in Wheat Ridge, Colorado: “Small animals, especially birds, can be a great addition to your backyard garden. chickens, for example, can produce eggs as well as keep insect pests at bay if allowed to wander the garden beds periodically. You may keep small animals and poultry in the City of Wheat Ridge, but must follow certain guidelines. Additionally, any structures necessary for the keeping of animals must comply with the zoning regulations in Section 26-606. The following are considered small animals and poultry by the City of Wheat Ridge: • Aquarium fish • Domestic rabbit • Psitocine birds, aviary finches and farm birds, including duck, goose, swan and poultry • Gerbils • Guinea pig • Hamster • Domestic lab mouse, rat Poultry houses or pigeon coops must be smaller than four hundred (400) square feet of ground area and shorter than twelve (12) feet tall. Hutches for small animals, not including chickens and pigeons, must be less than one hundred (100) square feet of ground area, with a maximum of two (2)(read the rest)
I scooped John and the kids up and took them to Maine for the weekend. We had a great time although I had promised to tray and do some sledding or snow tubing. We met a family of chickens and a herd of alpacas, went swimming and hot tubbing and took the kiddos into a sauna for the first time. We even brought home 3 dozen farm fresh eggs which have already begun the transformation into baked goods. 🙂 Here are some of the pictures which I will directly share from facebook (you don’t need a facebook account to see ’em). http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=374918&id=266424125552 We had THE BEST time! Here is my favorite picture of Rachel from the weekend. Just goes to show that you don’t have to see well to have a fun and full life. Experiences like this are more valuable to Rachel than to a sighted child because of her tactile senses. I think I think I did a sufficient job at flipping Batten Disease off this weekend. Tomorrow morning we’re going ice skating for an hour. Can’t wait! Gotta get them into a swimming pool more often. They love the water (just like their Momma) and love the(read the rest)