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Jeannine from Edgewood

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Jul 29, 2008
 
I'm interested in getting a couple of hens as a way to get more in touch with our food source.(No roosters, obviously, these would just be "pets" who lay eggs, and help to fertilize our garden.) I believe that having a few chickens is legal in the City of Pittsburgh as long as they are confined to a run and don't roam around free. I was wondering if anyone in Pittsburgh has pet chickens in their backyard and would love to start a discussion on the topic.
LuvMyKitties

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Jul 29, 2008
 
Sorry I don't think it is legal but I would check the city code. I believe the city website might have something pertaining to that on it. Plus I think your neighbors would be really annoyed lol
Jeannine from Edgewood

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Jul 30, 2008
 
Actually this is one reason why I'd love to pursue this, to educate people. A couple of hens in a run with an attractive, clean coop shouldn't annoy anyone. Nor are they smelly. And they are certainly less noisy than my neighbors' dogs!(No you don't need roosters to have eggs, and you can purchase pre-sexed chicks to be sure you don't get one accidentally.)

Many major cities allow families to have a few hens, including Seattle, Chicago, Portland Oregon, and New York City. There currently is no ordinance in the City of Pittsburgh against chickens.

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Jul 30, 2008
 
Isn't Edgewood its own municipality with its own ordinances, NOT part of the City of Pittsburgh?
Mayors Office Employee

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Jul 30, 2008
 
Jeannine from Edgewood wrote:
I'm interested in getting a couple of hens as a way to get more in touch with our food source.(No roosters, obviously, these would just be "pets" who lay eggs, and help to fertilize our garden.) I believe that having a few chickens is legal in the City of Pittsburgh as long as they are confined to a run and don't roam around free. I was wondering if anyone in Pittsburgh has pet chickens in their backyard and would love to start a discussion on the topic.
It's not legal, you could be fined if you get them.

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Since: Nov 07

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Jul 30, 2008
 
I was interested in renting a couple of goats or sheep to eat our grass rather than using the lawn mower. No. My area has an Ordinance against having such animals.
Jeannine from Edgewood

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Jul 30, 2008
 
Although Edgewood doesn't have a specific ordinance against chickens, they do not define them as "allowed pets". I'd like to see the ordinance for the city of Pittsburgh that the Mayors Office Employee is bringing up, because according to the published ordinances I have seen, the City of Pittsburgh only disallows having "fowl" that are running free. I would like to raise public awareness on this issue, and obviously would not get hens until I had the full permission of my borough, which may or may not happen. As I said, many cities allow this. I'm not talking about starting up a chicken farm on my property. Nor am I talking about having roosters, which present not only a noise issue, but the possibility of deplorable cock fighting as a "recreation".(I won't even get into the issue of pitt bulls here, but they are "allowable" pets, and unfortunately dog fighting exists in this city.) But as a gardener and someone who likes to know where her food is coming from, I'd like to open up the possibility for people like me to have pet chickens, that don't roam around free, but can "free range" in a confined area on my own property, and provide me with fresh eggs, wonderful compost, bug-control, and entertainment.

Here's an interesting link on this topic: http://www.urbanchickens.net/
LuvMyKitties

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Jul 30, 2008
 
Neighbor 22 wrote:
Isn't Edgewood its own municipality with its own ordinances, NOT part of the City of Pittsburgh?
Yeah it is a borough. Some spots are probably in city. Like across the street from the town center is the city (s. braddock). IDK what else but that's why I told her it wasn't legal. Also I can't imagine Edgewood would have a different law from PGH on that one..
Jeannine from Edgewood

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Jul 30, 2008
 
Here's a video link to a couple in Chicago that have 3 hens:

http://geekfarmlife.com/2008/07/14/barncast-1...
Elizabeth

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Aug 4, 2008
 
I keep chickens in one of the southern suburbs of Pittsburgh. Our township only disallows immobile chicken coops (we have a movable one) and chickens roaming on public property. So read your local ordinances carefully and you may find out it is allowed. Don't be so sure the "Mayor's Office Employee" knows what he/she is talking about.
Let m Ride

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Aug 5, 2008
 
Better re-read your rules bubba.
Chickens for everyone.
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It's not legal, you could be fined if you get them.
Tyrone Shoelaces

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Aug 5, 2008
 
Let's get it on, I have BBQ sauce for any nonlayers and a skillet for the eggs. How do you like your eggs done?
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Aug 9, 2008
 
you really should look more into it. i live in the city of pittsburgh and i do have a couple hens. they really are a joy to have. not so noisy, not that hard to keep clean, good eggs, weed and bug control, and they are very entertaining to watch.
Jeannine from Edgewood

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Aug 12, 2008
 
Thanks for the input Tranzlucent!! My thoughts exactly! I want to do things "above board" in my borough and will do some more research into making everything ok. Glad to hear that there are happy hens in Pittsburgh!
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Aug 12, 2008
 

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tranzlucent wrote:
you really should look more into it. i live in the city of pittsburgh and i do have a couple hens. they really are a joy to have. not so noisy, not that hard to keep clean, good eggs, weed and bug control, and they are very entertaining to watch.
Glad you don't live near me or those hens would be history they aren't allowed anywhere in the city of pittsburgh. maybe on eof your neighbors will read this and turn you in.
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Aug 12, 2008
 

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Did someone say chicken soup? Yummy I could use some fresh soup tell me where these live chickens are.
Carole Radford

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Aug 13, 2008
 
If you want chickens move out of the city and into the country. I for one sure don't want my neighbors having hens or roosters.
Jeannine from Edgewood

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Aug 13, 2008
 
Hi Carole,

Thanks for your input. However, you obviously didn't read my first posts on this topic (top of the page.) I'm not talking about having roosters. I'm talking about having a couple of hens (which are MUCH quieter than my neighbors' dogs or power tools), that would be confined to a run in my backyard. You can purchase day-old FEMALE chicks, so you don't have to deal with the possibility of crowing. Interestingly, my neighbors are up on the idea, since they will also benefit from the fresh eggs my hens will produce. I would never pursue this without the approval of my neighbors.(This includes pictures of the planned housing for the chickens, which, since my garden is a large part of my outdoor enjoyment, any housing for chickens would have to fit into that plan, and not be an eyesore.) And they will not be smelly. Just as I keep my cat's litter box immaculate because I can't stand that smell in my house, I plan to keep the chicken coop clean. I certainly don't want a smelly, dirty chicken coop in my back garden! I'm amazed at how much negative input has gone into this post on the topic of chickens. I understand that having a couple of chickens involves responsibility to their welfare, as well as the to the welfare of my neighbors. I have given all of these issues a great deal of thought and research.(Probably much more than many people who adopt a puppy on a whim, and then realize that it can become a nuisance to the neighbors for a variety of reasons.) There are plenty of cities that allow people to own a few hens. In fact, Portland, Oregon has a tour of city chicken coups. If you look back at one of my previous posts you can see a video of chickens in a Chicago back yard--the person keeping the chickens has had no complaints from her neighbors!
LuvMyKitties

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Aug 14, 2008
 
Jeannine from Edgewood wrote:
Hi Carole,
Thanks for your input. However, you obviously didn't read my first posts on this topic (top of the page.) I'm not talking about having roosters. I'm talking about having a couple of hens (which are MUCH quieter than my neighbors' dogs or power tools), that would be confined to a run in my backyard. You can purchase day-old FEMALE chicks, so you don't have to deal with the possibility of crowing. Interestingly, my neighbors are up on the idea, since they will also benefit from the fresh eggs my hens will produce. I would never pursue this without the approval of my neighbors.(This includes pictures of the planned housing for the chickens, which, since my garden is a large part of my outdoor enjoyment, any housing for chickens would have to fit into that plan, and not be an eyesore.) And they will not be smelly. Just as I keep my cat's litter box immaculate because I can't stand that smell in my house, I plan to keep the chicken coop clean. I certainly don't want a smelly, dirty chicken coop in my back garden! I'm amazed at how much negative input has gone into this post on the topic of chickens. I understand that having a couple of chickens involves responsibility to their welfare, as well as the to the welfare of my neighbors. I have given all of these issues a great deal of thought and research.(Probably much more than many people who adopt a puppy on a whim, and then realize that it can become a nuisance to the neighbors for a variety of reasons.) There are plenty of cities that allow people to own a few hens. In fact, Portland, Oregon has a tour of city chicken coups. If you look back at one of my previous posts you can see a video of chickens in a Chicago back yard--the person keeping the chickens has had no complaints from her neighbors!
People are just dumb. They probably blast music in their house and annoy the crap outta their neighbors. I'd rather hear a chicken than bass coming through a wall. Anyways, if you're interested enough to research the law you're obviously going to be a good chicken mummy.
LuvMyKitties

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Aug 14, 2008
 
City Worker wrote:
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Glad you don't live near me or those hens would be history they aren't allowed anywhere in the city of pittsburgh. maybe on eof your neighbors will read this and turn you in.
If you work for the city you should know Edgewood doesn't fall within city lines...duh.

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