7.12.2010

A Fowl Story

low on eggs

Chickens made noise.

Neighbor called city.

City sent letter.

Permit was requested.

Fee was paid.

Seven chickens found new home.

Five chickens remain.

Three don't yet lay.

Two stopped laying.

No eggs today.

Family doesn't know what they miss more - the chickens or the eggs?

Time to move to the country.

55 comments:

  1. Aw...so sad. So sorry about your chickens and eggs. Our neighbor got stung and wants our bees to go.

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  2. Oh no...yes I will make the country move with you.

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  3. Once they start laying again, better make sure those neighbors get periodic, preemptive gifts of fresh eggs!

    There was an article in this week or last week's Time magazine about chicken owners and their sense of passion and community. Too bad your neighbors didn't see the light. :-(

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  4. ugh!! Boo neighbors! I'm surprised they complained.. my hens don't really make that much noise, it's actually quite nice when they cluck.

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  5. How awful. I am so sorry. Sorry about your chickens and sorry that you have a neighbor that doesn't hear the beauty in a little clucking. If I didn't live on the opposite side of the country I'd bring you a dozen right now.

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  6. Oh, sad :( Don't they know that they were just singing? I love to listen to hens cluck the day away....hope things get better~

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  7. Yuck! That is such a bummer Molly!
    One point to cherry lovin' neighbor... Zero to the chicken hater!

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  8. Wow. Sounds like your neighbor is kind of punk. Chickens are not that noisy.

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  9. now that is a sad story. I love our neighbor chickens, but then again, I wish I lived in the country, so it's a symbiotic relationship :).

    Hope you get more eggs soon!

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  10. So sorry to hear you have chicken-haters (geesh, that sounds harsh. perhaps I should say chicken-dislikers) nearby. Maybe they're just missing their other hens and will begin again after a mourning period. :)

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  11. oh NO Molly!!! i'm so sad for you and your family. it's tough to part with a pet, especially under duress. Grrr... I wish I could have taken them for you so you could know where they were living.

    Houses are cheap in Foresthill now, Molly! MOVE HERE!!! I would love to be your neighbor. *hugs*

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  12. Oh, sigh. I am so sorry you had to let your girls go, especially under such circumstances. We're coming up this weekend to check out another potential living situation. Perhaps we could meet up?

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  13. AnonymousJuly 12, 2010

    oh no! so sad. lovely poem though

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  14. Awww.. so sorry. I remember back when I was young, about 14 or so, somehow my brothers brought home two chickens and we lived in a city apartment... hehe... haven't thought about that in a long time.

    I've got a farm and no animals (cept for one giant cat and whatever is wild out there) come on over :)

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  15. I keep waiting for this to happen to us. Our ladies are loud. We just were incorporated into a city. A city with limits on the # of chickens. It only takes one neighbor to complain. Sorry Molly. That is a bummer.

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  16. Sorry to hear it:(

    I'm sure you will get eggs from these five ladies soon. I'm sure they are thrown off by the change as well.

    Hang in there:)

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  17. So sorry - we had a neighbor who gave us lots of trouble over our non smelly compost bin. That's when I gave up making friends with neighbors. "Hi, how are you?" is it for me.

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  18. You were up to 12? That's a lot for a city lot! Ha, ha, ha. Not that I mind the noise my girls make, but they are quite a bit further from houses. They do get quite noisy when they are up to their business of the day!

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  19. Boo! though a move to the country might be nice :-)

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  20. Boo! though a move to the country might be nice :-)

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  21. I will happily move with you to a compound in the country -- kids charging around barefoot, chickens everywhere, perhaps some goats (and a cheese factory) and bees in the back 40. Oh yes and an orchard -- peaches, pears, apricots and cherries. And a HUGE vegetable garden. And a fire pit for gathering in the evening. Yes. Yes. I'd do it in a heartbeat.

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  22. oh man.
    at least you guys can have a few chickens where you live. here you have to be in the county- otherwise its totally illegal fowl.
    makes me crazy, I so want a couple of chickens.

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  23. well, that's just yuck. so sorry Molly!

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  24. I'll take clucking chickens over barking dogs any day.

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  25. Sadly living in the country (as I do) is no guarantee of chicken ownership. Next week will be one of my first acts of civil disobedience - I plan to have 10 chickens. Looonnnggg story behind that. Good luck!

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  26. I keep waiting for the neighbours to complain about our cockerel - mind you seeing as he tries to have sex with my leg everytime I go anywhere near him I'm not sure I'd be that sad to see him go!....

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  27. I'm sorry to hear this Molly. I understand how upsetting this is as it happened to us before we 'moved to the country' hang in there mama you will find a way... xo

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  28. KatherineJuly 13, 2010

    Ugh, jerky neighbors should mind their own business! What a bummer.

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  29. Christina H.July 13, 2010

    Abandon all fear and go for it! Sometimes I have to plan trips to town so I don't spend all day,everyday driving. But...I can't imagine going back. Country equals roosters and guineas too-if you want them!

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  30. I guess I've never lived around chickens. Do they really make that much noise??? A move to the country sounds lovely!

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  31. Oh Molly, so sad. Chickens don't make that much noise. I don't think I like your neighbors very much. HRMPH!
    I agree a move to the country sounds like a plan.

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  32. I'm really grateful memphis has such progressive backyard fowl regulations- just keep them in a yard, keep food and water rat-proof. But that's why we got rid of petunia the rooster. my sympathies.

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  33. Rotten, rotten, rotten.

    We can't have chickens because we own 1 acre and you have to have 2 in our town. {sigh}

    I feel your pain.

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  34. How very, very frustrating!! I'm so sorry. I agree, time to head for the hills! Can I come?

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  35. I'm sorry. It has been quiet :( I wonder who. and why now? I've been dreaming about a country home closer to our school...

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  36. Bummer, Molly. Hang in there...

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  37. I just found your blog, love it! ;)
    So sorry about your chickens ;(
    We can't have any where we live either. It's one of the many reasons why we would like to move as well. I hope you find a lovely house in the country very soon!
    Many Blessings,
    Molly

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  38. Aw, sad! I'm sorry to hear this.

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  39. Ah, the perennial question of the chicken & the egg.... but you DO live in the country :)

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  40. Sorry about your chicken and egg woes. I wish I was allowed to have chickens in my county. Til then, I'll just live vicariously through your chicken adventures, both good and bad!

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  41. maybe time to move to VT?!?!

    :)

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  42. Some people just love to wield their stinkin' power. I agree - time to move to the country.

    Sorry for your losses.

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  43. Awful!!! No chickens, no bees, no food...

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  44. OH, no.. My ladies are "illegal" and I am waiting the day I have to turn them in to Border Control. So far we are living under cover, enjoying the eggs and the neighbors who know about them don't care..so far. Been thinking about your post all day. Wishing you the best..hugs..

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  45. that's just fowl.
    one of the farms you passed on your way to the beach?

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  47. id love to have some,but I know in a heartbeat my neighbors would be on the phone with the city before a coop is build

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  48. Thank for this great post :D

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