That old riddle may be hard to figure out but one thing is for sure. If you have chickens in your backyard in Omaha, NE you had better have had an inspection by the city first! Before that first cluck, before that first omelet, you need to know the ins and outs of having chickens within city limits. Many of you are fortunate enough to live outside the city limits and these rules and regulations don't apply to you. But, if you're like me and your home only looks like an old barn, you will need to apply to the city of Omaha before you begin your urban farm.

The good news is that you can access the application online. Click here to get yours. There is no cost involved but the city will send an inspector out to your home to approve the living conditions you have set up for your chickens. Be sure your coop is ready and that it is large enough for the number of chickens you which to have. I plan to have 2-3 so my coop is relatively small. I know folks who have an entire section of their backyard dedicated to the egg-producing process.

It can be a fun hobby and chickens are relatively carefree. They don't make much noise, only have to be fed and watered once (less if you have automatic feeders/waterers) and they don't smell too bad as long as you keep the coop clean.  If you want your chickens to continue to lay during the winter months, you will need to put a light on them. Other than that, you can enjoy farm fresh eggs every morning right outside your back door. 

Until Next Time...