Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

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We don’t talk all that much about them, but we adore our chickens and their eggs. We also really enjoy sharing those eggs with our friends and family. Admittedly, we get more eggs than our little family of three can possibly hope to consume, but we don’t get enough to share the bounty with everyone we would like to.

So… it was back to the chicken store to increase our flock. My Pet Chicken took our order, and then we waited until our babies were born and ready to come home. That would be yesterday. Our long-suffering mailman called this morning to tell us that he would be heading to our house first since he had this box for us that was chirping a lot. Want to get to know your mailman? Order baby chickens. You’ll either have a new friend or you’ll never get mail again.

We did our research and chose 10 more breeds to add to our family. Everyone arrived safe and sound this morning. And, yes, we named them with a theme again.

Truffle, a Barred Plymouth Rock
Cheesecake, a Buckeye
Trifle, a Jersey Giant
Charlotte, a New Hampshire Red
Parfait, a Light Brown Leghorn
Blueberry Muffin, a Blue Andalusian
Pudding, a Black Star
Pie, a Buff Orpington
Honey, a Blue Cochin
Fruitcake, a Golden Campine

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3 thoughts on “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

  • January 28, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    HELP! I have a small flock of 7, easter eggers and Buff Orpingtons. I was CITED by the Memphis and Shelby County Construction Zoning Office stating that “Chickens and Roosters” are not allowed in residential zones. I know of at least 4 others in midtown with hens and a few with roosters as well. And even more across the city. Animal Control says it’s legal as long as they are in an enclosed space with food water and shelter, mine even have HEAT in their little house. I am scared that they are gonna try and take away my girls. Any advice or info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    Jimmy Hoxie

  • January 29, 2009 at 12:08 am

    When we first got chickens, we were very careful to research whether they were allowed in the city. Animal control told us the same thing they told you — they are legal as long as they are enclosed.

    I don’t know why the zoning people would give you a problem, unless you are living in a specific area where the neighborhood association or historical district has different rules.

    We had a county building inspector here to look at our kitchen remodel. He was amused by the city chickens, but he didn’t say anything about them being illegal.

    I wish I had more advice about fighting city hall. I would say start with a call to the zoning office to determine what ordinance they think you are violating.

    Here is a link to the Memphis ordinances, 8.8.1 states the required conditions for chickens.


    I hope this helps. Please post a comment or email us to let us know how things are going.

  • January 29, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I Visited the code enforcement Office and was shown the code, but told I could not have a copy. City and County Codes are Public record, right? The code states the “Livestock, Poultry, Dairy Products and Egg Products” are not allowed in residential zones. But, there are no definitions for poultry, dairy or egg products. Everything has a definition in the codes, but these do not. I am wondering if you have eggs in your icebox or a turkey in the freezer, are you violating the code? It doesn’t specify whether the poultry are dead or alive, or what the poultry pertains to. I have asked lots of folks and noone has heard of anyone being prosecuted for backyard chickens. I just don’t know what to do. The enforcement officer is coming back today to see if I have complied. The girls are still in the back yard. He will then issue a summons. The whole Idea of going to court makes me dizzy, but I am willing to fight it. I don’t think I am doing anything wrong. I see having chickens as a good thing. I know where my eggs are coming from, that the chickens that are laying them are being well cared for and fed an organic diet. I also get some amazing fertilizer for my garden. My neighbor’s kids love coming over to see and feed them. I have even offered to have the kindergarten class at the school next door to come and learn about chickens and gardening. I think that one of my new neighbors is just not fond of having chickens in the neighborhood and decided to report them. They are really quiet, much more so than the yappy dogs and school kids that fill the neighborhood with wonderful sounds of life. I just don’t know what to do.

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