Hi Sarah. Eat him. You're welcome to call me at 510-919-8714 or call my son Asa at 510-919-0884 for pointers on slaughtering the little dinosaurs. Roosters is good eatin'
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sharing eggs is always a good thing. You may find the neighbors a bit squeamish at first, backyard eggs tend to be a little more discolored on the outside and not infrequently covered in chickenshit. I wash 'em off if I'm giving them away. Once they crack open the eggs up, they'll be surprised by how dark and firm the yolks are. But after a wee bit they'll be lurking around your door, hinting and hoping for more. The eggs really aren't the same as store bought.
I live in Oakland, and am even newer to chickens than you are. I am still building my coop and have order chickens to arrive in early April. I would love to pick someone's brain about having chickens since all I've done is read books and websites. If you'd be willing to chat with me about them, please call or email at 510-388-7411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sorry, some hens are real loud, especially when laying eggs or when getting ready to lay eggs and finding another hen on her preferred nest. The dealio is not too worry too much about it. Berkeley allows both hens and roosters and the main complaint you're likely to get is for rooster crowing. It takes two folks willing to sign a legal complaint against you before the Animal Control officers come by to see if there is a problem. Frankly, the likelihood of your hen kicking up a racket at the same time as the AC officer is there, ain't too high. Love to see your set up and welcome you to see mine. I'm on Spruce three doors north of Vine Street, east side of the street.