Secret backyard chickens have been a hot topic the last few years. Are you interested in keeping secret backyard chickens, but not sure where to start? Whether you live in a HOA, or just a city that restricts backyard chickens, I have a few tips to help you keeping those stealth hens on the down low.
First, the cover my butt statement:
Let me start by saying I am a law abiding citizen… but I believe that chicken laws are not in the general populations best interest. I suppose I can understand a limit or ban on roosters because their noise is obtrusive; but hens make very little noise compared to a yappy dog. So having said that, you need to research your local laws on chickens and do your best to comply with them. If you choose to keep chickens under the radar you accept full responsibility of the consequences should you be found out.
Now let’s talk about how you’re going to keep those secret backyard chickens!
Secret Backyard Chickens
Tip #1 – Your Coop should be lower than your backyard fence or wall. Typically backyard fences are about 6 feet tall; I suggest your coop be no taller than 5 feet. Yes, for many of us, that mean bending over to get in there and clean things out; but it also means you’re keeping a low profile.
Tip #2 – Keep your coop and yard clean! Not only for the health and happiness of your lovely hens, but if you don’t you’re going to have flies. Your neighbors will not appreciate the extra flies in their backyard, at their bbq, in their house…etc. Even if their dog’s poo is all over their backyard, they’ll blame your chickens first!