Tuesday, February 12, 2008

keeping chickens in Montana

There's a fun little video in New West magazine showing the urban chickens of West Central Spokane, under the auspices of an article named Urban Livestock: a Tender Issue.

Watch the video over on the New West site, and in the accompanying article, you can see that the good folks of Missoula, MT (subjects of previous posts here and here) are now allowed to keep up to six hens (no roosters).

Glad to see they're formally permitting urban chickens in Missoula (for a $15 annual permit fee).

Looking forward to seeing what's going on in North Carolina.

4 comments:

kiwichick said...

I love reading your hen blog and to find that we're practically neighbours is fantastic. In Burlingame we're allowed up to 12 chickens. :-) I've just received an Eglu and two chickens of my own. At the moment I've got the Eglu on grass but I can forsee a problem with this in summer. How do you find the wood chips?

kiwichick

ThomasK said...

Hi Kiwichick, glad to see you here on the blog (and know you're so close!).

I converted a part of our yard that we'd covered with wood chips in anticipation of setting up a play structure for our young daughters. Instead, we've put the Eglu on that particular patch of wood chips.

When it comes time to buy more this Spring, I'll be heading over to Lyngso Garden Center off Seaport here in Redwood City to buy it in bulk.

kiwichick said...

How often do you replace the wood chips? I read that some folks replace it monthly, others 3 monthly and still other annually!!

ThomasK said...

we haven't full-on replaced the chips yet, but we've been moving our Eglu around so that they've got access to new chips every couple weeks or so.

We try to let our chooks out so they can roam the back yard and scatter their droppings around the much larger back yard (instead of just in their run), and I think a lot of their droppings are caught by the tray under the Eglu because it seems they do the most pooping at night when their in the coop. Since they hit the tray, there's no soiling of chips that have to be replaced.

Anyone else have insights on how often to change the chips?

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