Gainesville welcomes you to have two hens in your yard!

Posted by Trish Riley, November 8, 2009

Other legal requirements are not specific, but keeping them from roaming the streets and digging up the neighbors’ landscaping is advised. No roosters.

Chickens are covered in the city’s municipal code Chapter 5, posted online at Contact Code Enforcement, (352) 334-5030, for more information.

Your browser may not support display of this image. Two is a minimal number for chickens. They are flock birds that socialize according to a pecking order. They prefer more birds. Consider petitioning local elected officials to increase the number of birds allowed to five or ten.

Good stewardship makes a positive statement about chickens. Keep your chickens clean and healthy and your chances of getting the results you want are better.

How to Raise Chickens and How to Raise Poultry include information on Legal Aspects. Determine what prevails in your community and work from there. Both books are part of Voyageur Press’ FFA Livestock Series. They are available through online retailers such as, poultry suppliers such as Backyard Poultry magazine,, national chain bookstores and Tractor Supply stores. Ask your local independent bookstore to order it for you. Or order it through the author, Christine Heinrichs,, and get a signed copy. She has been involved with historic poultry for 20 years. She currently serves as historian for the Society for Preservation of Poultry Antiquities.Christine Heinrichs is featured in Mad City Chickens, a documentary about urban poultry…

Sat, 11/14/2009 – 7:00pm

The Civic Media Center will host a video and discussion on the topic of urban and suburban “backyard” chicken culture on Saturday, November 14th at 7pm.

via Mad City Chickens | Civic Media Center.

The film will be followed by Q & A and discussion with co-producer/directors Tashai Lovington and Robert Lughai of Tarazod Films, who will travel all the way from Madison, Wisconsin to present their film and promote awareness of the newly resurgent movement of people who keep and raise their own small flocks of chickens in urban and suburban settings.

Mad City Chickens deftly weaves multiple stories and contextual issues on city chickens and their keepers in a non-linear fashion that one rarely sees in a documentary. From leading experts to urban newbies, experience the humor and heart of what’s fast becoming an international backyard chicken movement. Highlights include:

~Mother Earth News Editor-in-Chief, Cheryl Long

~Leading bird flu expert, Dr. Michael Greger

~Rare behind-the-scenes at Murray McMurray Hatchery

~Backyard Poultry editor, Elaine Belanger

~Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities, Christine Heinrichs

~Stunning results from nutritional study on pastured eggs

~Follow an urban family for an entire year as they take the poultry plunge

~A factory farm hen that refused to die even after being gassed and dumped at a landfill

$5 Donation
Sat, 11/14/2009 – 7:00pm

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