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I live on a 5,000 sq. ft lot in North Portland. I acquired a permit to raise 4 hens. The permit was easily obtained once I was able to show that I could properly and safely house my chickens. My Hen house is 15' feet from my neighbors house and they are thrilled to have our hens as neighbors.
As I write this I can see my big buff orpington eating a slug, thus allowing my garden to be pesticide free.
I have reduced my garbage by 4 bags a week at least!
I no longer need to weed any part of my garden.
My homeschooled daughter is getting an education into how eggs are made, it never gets old collecting those eggs from the nesting box!
We really value the eggs that our hens give us as we see how hard they work all day in our garden and how much time and energy goes into them laying one egg. We are very careful as to what we cook/ bake with their eggs. The flavor is unbelievable!
I feel that backyard chickens are important on so many levels. It gives a bit of calm in the city, it eliminates the need for chemical pesticides, the fertilizer is unbelievable, my imapct on the land fill is drastically reduced and the comic relief is great! Each chicken has her own personality and my chickens come to us when we call them by name.
We just love them and getting chickens was one of those things in life where we said to eachother, " Why didn't we do this sooner?!".
posted 3 years, 6 months ago
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