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  1. Thanks Patricia, I definitely want a WIR so I can add perches etc, and if you think they’ll be happy & warm enough in a cube then will keep an eye out for a mk1. Another option I’ve considered is getting a classic & putting it on a table in a WIR, so they have the height but it’s a bit cosier? Wouldn’t be able to access from the outside but I’m assuming I could clean it with the hens in the WIR with me? Would that be an option? I plan to let them free range in the rest of when we are home, but only when we can supervise for their own safety. If nothing else, we have a cockapoo who I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near the chickens (in their run or free range) without us present. I plan to keep the dog in the house when the chickens are out.
  2. Her house is behind ours; the gardens are back to back
  3. Ok, thank you for the advice. If the neighbour says anything then at least I can tell her I have spoken to local council environment officer (which is true) and hopefully as that is who she’s likely to complain to if might placate her 🤞🏻 Now to figure out what to do re.housing.... cube vs go up vs classic; screening; where to site the coop. I thought I had it all figured out but need to make sure we’re doing what’s best for hens/us/least likely to offend the neighbours 🤦🏻‍♀️
  4. That’s interesting to know Beantree...do you think it’s not worth me perusing more information from the house builder?
  5. I definitely wouldn’t want more than 3 (4 at a push!) as haven’t got space for more than a 2 x 4m run & would like some lawn left! I thought they’d prefer to be off-ground which is why I was thinking cube - plus it seems easier to clean - but if a cube might be too big, would a go up attached to a WIR be better? I’ve heard back from the council & there are no bylaws/restrictions from them, so just need clarification from the house builder what is meant by ‘normal domestic household pets’ (and hope it includes chickens 🤞🏻) Re. the neighbour Luvachicken - no she’s never had them (I asked) but she knows far more than I do...obviously 🙄
  6. Wow mullethunter - that looks amazing 😍 how many hens do you have in there out of interest? That’s good to know patsylabrador - we’ve just got back from holiday (hence the delayed reply) and I’m now not sure whether or not to change our planned chicken run site to against the garage wall, making it nearer to our house than the neighbouring fence, and potentially easier to monitor smells etc? Maybe it would be more sheltered from the elements too against a wall? Husband also suggested getting a classic with 3/4m run rather than cube/WIR as it will make less of a visual impact on the garden, giving her less to complain about. Thoughts?
  7. Yes please mullethunter, I’d love to see 😍 As per your suggestion soapdragon I have emailed my local council to ask for further clarification re. the restrictive covenant, so won’t do anything until I have more information. We still might go ahead with a few climbers/extra rose bushes around the run just to provide a bit of extra shelter/shade for the hens, but more because I love them rather than worrying too much about doing it to please her. Like you say AndyRoo, I can hear so much ‘life’ outside my window (music, laughter, birds cheeping, dogs barking, lawnmowers etc) I don’t think a few hens would make a huge difference.
  8. Thank you all so much for your replies! Re. checking the deeds, I did this last year & there is a restrictive covenant forbidding keeping any animals other than ‘normal domestic household pets.’ I posted about it on this forum & the general consensus was that it should be ok, especially as we want 3 Pekin bantams as pets, but it is perhaps a grey area & I don’t want to give her ammunition if it comes to it 🙈 I will need to check local bylaws (I’m in South Norfolk - can this be done online?) We already have a 2.5m high rose covered pergola against the joining fence which caused no issues - funny that. I was wondering if I could minimise the visual impact of the WIR, perhaps by planting some (fragrant!) rose hedging or a Rose covered trellis along the ‘neighbour’s’ side to help screen them from view, combat smells and provide extra weather protection for the chooks. In an ideal world, I’d get the low rise version of the Omlet WIR to attach to the cube as it wouldn’t dominate the garden as much as the full height (plus I’m only 5” so can easily clamber inside) but I don’t think it’s compatible 😕 She has a cat who my dog (rightly so) barks at when it comes in our garden & terrorises the birds, but obviously I don’t complain about that as don’t expect a cat owner to prevent a cat going into others’ gardens... She just made me feel like I had no idea what I was letting myself in for, which perhaps I don’t but this plan has been a long time coming. As I said, I’ve been researching for YEARS!
  9. Hi all, I’ve been lurking on this forum since 2012 & after 2 children, 2 house moves, a job change & much MUCH research, am finally in a position where my chicken dream looks like it could become a reality. OH is on board, we’ve designed our new build garden to ensure it can accommodate a cube (pref. Mk1) with a walk-in run, & I’ve been in contact with local Pekin bantam breeders (we primarily want them as pets) and feel as clued up as you can ever be before getting new additions!) As we live in a new build, we have close neighbours on either side & at the back, so out of courtesy spoke to them all last year to make sure they were on board. 3 had no issues, one had a couple of questions re. noise & smell but said not enough to pay heed to the idea, just that they wanted us to be aware. From reading on here & researching, it seems that good husbandry should manage most smells, and generally a trio of Pekins shouldn’t be much noisier than 2 under 4s or a family dog; both of which we already have with no complaints 😂 Anyway, since speaking to the neighbours last year, one had now moved & the newbies are very much NOT on board with our chicken idea 😳 we spoke last week & she said they will attract rats (her main issue) smell, be noisy & that she doesn’t want to look out of her bedroom window & see a ‘monstrosity’ (her words) of a coop. Their house is behind ours so our gardens are back to back. She asked why we can’t just get guinea pigs instead... Is it all over? Is there anything I can do/say to alleviate her worries? Should I give it all up & as she suggests just get a trio of cavvies instead?! Feeling so disheartened now but don’t want to cause a rift with neighbours.
  10. Hi all, I’ve been lurking on this forum since 2012 & after 2 children, 2 house moves, a job change & much MUCH research, am finally in a position where my chicken dream looks like it could become a reality. OH is on board, we’ve designed our new build garden to ensure it can accommodate a cube (pref. Mk1) with a walk-in run, & I’ve been in contact with local Pekin bantam breeders (we primarily want them as pets) and feel as clued up as you can ever be before getting new additions!) As we live in a new build, we have close neighbours on either side & at the back, so out of courtesy spoke to them all last year to make sure they were on board. 3 had no issues, one had a couple of questions re. noise & smell but said not enough to pay heed to the idea, just that they wanted us to be aware. From reading on here & researching, it seems that good husbandry should manage most smells, and generally a trio of Pekins shouldn’t be much noisier than 2 under 4s or a family dog; both of which we already have with no complaints 😂 Anyway, since speaking to the neighbours last year, one had now moved & the newbies are very much NOT on board with our chicken idea 😳 we spoke last week & she said they will attract rats (her main issue) smell, be noisy & that she doesn’t want to look out of her bedroom window & see a ‘monstrosity’ (her words) of a coop. Their house is behind ours so our gardens are back to back. She asked why we can’t just get guinea pigs instead... Is it all over? Is there anything I can do/say to alleviate her worries? Should I give it all up & as she suggests just get a trio of cavvies instead?! Feeling so disheartened now but don’t want to cause a rift with neighbours.
  11. Thank you Beantree for your reply; so there may still be hope? There is nothing further stated/clarified in the covenant (nothing pertaining to ‘livestock’ or chickens specifically, so if I can make the case that chickens are pets - we’re after 3 bantams so hardly a whole flock! - we might be ok. In terms of the developers, I think they will still be building here for a couple of years. Based on what you’re suggesting it might be wise for us to wait until the builders have finished & left then. Does the covenant expire then? I saw no mention of that in the deeds but I was mainly skimming through for chicken info!
  12. Hi everyone, I fear I already know the answers...but praying I’m wrong! Last year we moved into our lovely new (build) home, with a significantly bigger garden than our precious town-centre Victorian terrace. 2019 is all set to be the year we finally (after 8 years of discussion, planning & excitement!) get out bantams. I’ve spoken to the neighbours who are (at least in theory) on board - one said they might change their mind once they arrive but they don’t think the noise will be a problem 😳 and last week I was getting all the ideas/tips for the perfect set up. But when I was scrolling through forum topics I discovered a potentially huge stumbling block - restrictive covenants! This wasn’t a problem in our previous home as there weren’t any, but having read a few threads on here I’ve just now checked out deeds and there is a restrictive covenant forbidding keeping any animals other than ‘normal domestic household pets.’ 😭😭 Is this the end of the road for my chook dreams?
  13. Thank you so much DogMother - will definitely keep a look out for a mk1 (especially as I can’t even afford a new cube! 🙈)
  14. Thank you WitchHazel - this is so helpful! I think I’m swayed now on finding a secondhand cube mk1; it’s a slightly bigger footprint but that means the chooks (rather than crooks 😳) will have more space & hopefully be happier. I’ve been out in the garden measuring up & if I change the site of where I was going to put the coop I can accommodate it. It will be slightly nearer to neighbours though...hopefully they won’t change their mind about being happy for us to get them when they arrive 😬😬 Thank you DogMother - I wonder why Omlet decided that was a good idea? Do you know the dimensions of mk1 vs mk2? That’s my only worry about Perkins - the feathery feet...I’m planning to tarp the run, and I gather they need washing if they get muddy
  15. Thank you Patricia W that’s a great help! I will need to keep my eyes out for a second hand cube as not sure I can stretch to a new one (sadly!) Would 3 bantams be ok in a 3m run? I would look to extend to 4m but that’s probably the maximum I could do. What bantam breeds do you have? I’d like something friendly if possible to make it easier for the children to feed/collect eggs (maybe stroke or cuddle?! Is that too ambitious?) Thank you Dogmother - very helpful! What’s the difference between cube mark 1 & 2? I’ve had a look on here but can only really find comparisons of Eglu mark 1/2. I’m planning to keep the dog inside when chooks are FR but (like you) hope to train her not to bark at the run 🤞🏻

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