Restoring Our Farm’s Pre-Storm Dignity

There are subtle hints that Fall is not that far away. This means Phoenix’s brutally hot summer is finally going to let up and we can get back to working outside. This season we’ll have a totally different agenda, clean-up from the monsoon storm is first priority, then the repairs and rebuilding of what was destroyed.

Although the temperatures are still a steamy 109, the sun isn’t quite as intense as it was a month ago and there are signs of relief. School supplies are on the store shelves, summer clothes are hanging on store sale racks, and that means only one thing to me. Phoenix will soon turn from a hellish territory to lush paradise for seven whole months!

Seven months… plenty of time to restore the farm to it’s pre-storm dignity. There’s a plan for the new shed row barn, and the replanting of lost trees and foliage will begin in November. There is progress, we’ve made a dent in the clean-up and the shed row barn is half down and  salvaged materials neatly stacked.

Our in-home remodeling projects are starting to look worthy of our efforts, and it looks like we just might meet our Spring completion deadline. However, take note I didn’t mention which Spring!

There will most likely not be any chicks in the brooder this Oct. With the barn construction, there will be too many disturbances and my hens will probably be unreliable setters.

Changes are always going to be a part of life, and none of us are immune. Rather than wallow in woe…

Perhaps change is the ladder forced upon us when we quit reaching for higher levels of accomplishment.

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Costco Chicken Coop, a Review

Costco has failed chicken keeping 101… in so many ways

costco chicken coop

A Phoenix Costco has jumped on the urban chicken keeping bandwagon, selling this coop for $279.  That’s a lot of money for this poorly designed flimsy wood structure with cheap hardware.
Size matters in Phoenix! This coop will house 2 unhappy chickens, but it will also bake them alive in Phoenix summers.

Why it Fails my Approval

  • Next boxes haven’t a lip on the edge, bedding kicked out results in broken eggs.
  • All the doors are really small making access difficult.
  • Roofing material is a poor choice, especially for Phoenix.
  • Roost is narrow and too low.
  • Hardware is cheap & used sparingly, doors will likely warp.

So back to the drawing board friends, and happy coop hunting… elsewhere.

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Can You Have Backyard Chickens?

City Ordinances for Backyard Chickens in Phoenix

First Things First…

Look online for the City Ordinances for Poultry & Rodents where you live. Remember HOA’s sometimes have rules of their own.

  • Are Chickens Allowed in Phoenix ?  Yes
  • Max Chickens Allowed: 20
  • Roosters Allowed:  No
  • Permit Required:   No
  • Coop Restrictions:  80 feet from residence – ZONING ORDINANCES APPLY
  • City/Organization Contact name:  City of Phoenix Ordinances

Read on…  especially between the lines

Sec. 8-7. Poultry and Rodents

(a)  Except as otherwise provided in the article, it is hereby declared to be a nuisance and it shall be unlawful for any person to keep rodents or poultry within the City. No poultry or rodents shall be kept in an enclosure within eight feet of any residence within the City. Poultry may be kept within eighty feet of a residence if written permission consenting to the keeping of poultry less than eighty feet from a residence is first obtained from each lawful occupant and each lawful owner of such residence. Poultry shall not be kept in the front yard area of any lot or parcel with the City. Poultry and rodents shall be kept in an enclosure so constructed as to prevent such poultry and rodents from wandering upon property belonging to others.

(b)  No more than twenty head of poultry nor more than twenty-five head of rodents nor more than twenty-five head comprising a combination of rodents and poultry shall be kept upon the first one-half acre or less. An additional one-half acre shall be required for each additional twenty head of poultry or for each additional twenty-five head of rodents or for each additional twenty-five head comprising a combination of poultry and rodents. For areas larger than two and one-half acres the number of poultry or rodents shall not be limited.

(c)  No male poultry shall be kept within the City limits except such male poultry as are incapable of making vocal noises which disturb the peace, comfort, or health of any person residing within the City.

(d)  All such enclosures shall be kept in such condition that no offensive, disagreeable, or noxious smell or odor shall arise therefrom to the injury, annoyance, or inconvenience of any inhabitant of the neighborhood thereof.

More: Keeping Urban Chickens & the Law 

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