I live in a subdivision. No restrictions. Outside city limits. But I hesitate on having a rooster that may annoy my neighbors. Any insight/suggestions?
Hope to build a coop this weekend. Just having a hard time deciding how I want to build it. . Likely will do Rhode Island Reds. I'm thinking 4 to start with. Appreciate any tips!realsis said:Hi and welcome! I also won't have a rooster in fear of annoying my neighbors! A roosters crow can carry quite far
In my chicken adventure, I've sadly had to rehome three cockerels. I have only silkie chickens and it's sometimes quite difficult to sex them. Although you can start to really tell around three to four months with subtle clues. My last purchase I purchased a pullet so I wouldn't have to go through the rooster thing again! I think your making the right decision, depending on your neighbors. I know my neighborhood and I could not get away with it, sadly. Best wishes to you! What breed of chickens are you getting? How big of a flock do you want? Have you decided when you will start you're flock?
So harsh and so true. Gathering eggs is sooo much nicer.toybarons said:Also be prepared that if the roo doesn't work out, if you are not the culling type to use for food, you likely will have a hard time finding a home for your unwanted roo. Roosters are a dime a dozen. Everyone else has a roo they too want to give away, especially in the next few months.
Thanks for the insights!anderson8505 said:Roosters are beautiful and I love having them. I would get a rooster if I were you, since you are interested in having one, bright enough to ask for opinions, and smart enough to know your deed restrictions! Please know that some roosters, especially young ones, also crow at night sometimes. Roosters have been known to save flock members from predators, keep some members of the flock from picking on others, and are essential for fertile eggs!! Besides crowing, other downsides are that some of them will be so protective of their flock that they will attack you, your family members, and/or visitors. I have had all of these things happen, but, they were all from the same rooster--who no longer lives at my house. He was re-homed responsibly, but you may have to face worse consequences for this rooster that you've grown to love--- he may have to be culled/killed/turned into dinner/lunch. So, keep these things in mind, and happy chickening to you!
MANY...in fact, MOST "older" subdivisions...do NOT have any of the "restrictions" that you mentioned including covenants, HOAs, deed restrictions, etc....most particularly, they DO NOT... IF the lots are an acre or more in size.You said you have no restrictions because you are outside the city limits. That may be so, but I have never known a subdivision development to not have some sort of home owner's association, or covenants governing what you can or can not do on your subdivision lot.
My advice, is if you are determined to get chickens, don't breath a word to the nieghbors, build your coop in a concealed part of your back yard, and definitely no rooster.
You got to remember, their are no vaccuums in nature. What that means to you is some where in your subdivision/nieghborhood you have a busy body that is very worried about what you are doing and will get great delight in raining on your parade. I can garauntee if you get one chicken to many or a rooster, their is no limit to the effort they will expend, to bring it all to an end.
Oh what I wouldn't give for a hunk of land like that (so long as it wasn't swamp of course). I've had so many troubles with our neighbors over the years. Right now we have a nasty set of neighbors who moved in last summer. Simply awful people. Lying, stealing, tresspassing, assault & battery, you name it - the 3 of us surrounding neighbors have been dealing with all of it with these goons! Nope, the police don't do a thing about it either. Even after the assault & battery, the guy was released back home not an hour later!P.S. I also think that people should refrain from telling their neighbors "What-to-do" on their own property. TOO MUCH of THAT going on !!! IF you want it ALL "Your Way"...then BUY a SECTION of ground (640 acres) and put your house in the middle of it. And YOU can be your OWN "Homeowner's Association".
-my 2-pesos worth.....-