Our family includes
4 chickens in Milwaukee !
In the early summer of 2011, the City of Milwaukee Common Council voted 8-5 in favor of legalizing the raising of live hen chickens in the yards of private homes. With a $35 permit, Milwaukee has allowed my family to have up to four chickens in our yard. And so we bought a coop plan, modified it to the needs of the city's rules and began our backyard adventure. The permits are managed by Milwaukee's Department of Neighborhood Services Environmental Section.
Pictured above at one-month and two-days old, are (left to right) Josie and Amelia enjoying their brooder. Check out Amelia's Cleopatra eye makup look.
So, there are 4 chickens living in Milwaukee, WI at our home! They are the adopted side of the family.
4 Girls Growing Up in Milwaukee
Since Milwaukee has cold and snowy winters, we needed to select hens that would tolerate the climate without risk. We also wanted a variety of looks, so we picked four breeds that were larger, have small combs and waddles and heavy feather coats.
We âadoptedâ them through a poultry supply company located in Fremont, Wisconsin, called Purely Poultry. As their web site indicated, they provide baby chicks for sale and poultry books and DVDs at great prices.
After reading, talking over, and studying many breeds, repeatedly, we came down to what the four-girl addition to our family would be. Each chick would be a unique breed and produce non-white eggs as well as tolerate our winter weather.
Several sources recommended having chicks protected with Mareks vaccine and so that was included in our chick order. (Standard sized chickens, like these, are inoculated on their first day out of the egg.) In our chicks' case, they would be inoculated and then packaged for shipment on day-one of their life outside of the shell.
The breeds we decided on where:
- Buff Orpington
- Light Brahma
- Easter Egger
- Silver Laced Wyandotte
My name is Elizabeth and I am the Silver Laced Wyandotte in the family. I am very proud to cluck (say) that I lay 4 large beautiful brown eggs each week. The kids love me the most due to my easy-going ways but I am told by others in the coup that I have a tendancy toward dominating the hen house. I can't belive that. Can you? I weigh about 7 1/2 pounds but I simply refuse to stand still on the scale. (I know my rights!)