We passed our insepction with flying colors. The Boy was home for the inpsection and said the inspector was super impressed with our construction skills. HA! If only he knew.

On Notice

I distributed our notice of intent to keep more than 3 hens to our neighbors on Saturday. We were a little apprehensive about letting the neighbors know. We were afraid someone would get upset about our venture and prevent us from keeping any hens, I have heard that can happen, but the exact opposite was true. I wasn’t home five minutes before a neighbor called with congratulations and best wishes on the adventure. We also got a positive email from neighbors who had been sneaking peeks at the girls and are interested in an official visit. I am glad that the girls will be a tool to get to know our community better rather than a wedge. (knock on wood)

Permit Required

According to Portland City Code Title 13 you can keep 3 hens, no roosters, on your property with out a permit. We want 5 hens so we will need a permit. If you apply for a permit you also have to follow their rules about the location of your facility aka coop. We knew before we built the coop that we wanted more than 3 hens so we tried to keep the rules in mind. Even if you don’t want more than 3 hens it is a good idea to take the rules in to consideration. Things such as:
- citing your coop at least 25 feet away from any inhabitable structure, ie your neighbors house;
- following zoning, building permit and setback rules applicable to your area;
are common sense and will make your neighbors and utimately you happier with your hens.
We also have to notify all property owners with in 200 feet of the coop that we are applying for the permitt. Since it is unliekly that everyone will be home on a Saturday afternoon and unlikely anyone will want to listen to us rattle on about chickens, we wrote a letter as our notice. I am a little apprehensive about the notificatoin. What if someone doesn’t want us to keep chickens?
The last part of the permit application is a coop inspection. I am not concerned about the inspection. Our coop is spacious, predator proof, bio-secure, well-sited, and most importantly very pretty.


Ranchero, the accidental rooster, found a new home. He went to a family that has a modest flock of Silver Laced Wyandottes where he will be the only rooster. Ranchero is one lucky dude.