Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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Robert Kraft gets henhouse on Chestnut Hill

May be old news by now, but New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft has received permission to house 12 hens on his property in Brookline.

Robert Kraft gets henhouse on Chestnut Hill

Robert Kraft gets henhouse on Chestnut Hill
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa | Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | The Inside Track
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Photo by Matt Stone

Robert Kraft scored his own personal fowl yesterday after Brookline health officials declined to throw the flag on the Patriots [team stats] poohbah’s plans to move his flock of chickens to a new locker room in Chestnut Hill.

Brookline Public Health Commissioner Dr. Alan Balsam sent word that the birds, which now reside at the family’s summer place in New Seabury, are welcome to winter at Casa Kraft in the toney town. However the barnyard biddies must be exiled to Cape Cod in July and August.

As we told you weeks ago, the Super Bowl biggie’s peeps petitioned the town for permission to bring the chickens home to roost during the cold months. But some of the Krafts’ neighbors were squawking because they didn’t want to be disturbed by the clucking fowl.

Balsam, who told us that three other town residents also keep chickens, had no problem with the request, but reserved the right to slap some restrictions on the pigskin poohbah’s whole back-to-nature experience.

According to a letter sent to the Krafts on Monday, the gentleman farmer must have both an enclosed shed and a pen - so there’s not a Chicken Run through the neighborhood. He must also feed the birds inside the shed and properly compost their waste. Roosters, which are ever so noisy, are not allowed.

Neighbors who cried fowl over the Krafts’ request, reported that the family already has a shed and workmen were seen adding onto it yesterday.

“As far as composting, they are either going to use one of our composting bins or something else they buy at Home Depot,” Balsam told the Track. “However, it will be inspected by the town.”

Balsam’s chicken cops will make unannounced visits to check on Kraft’s coop, and Farmer Robert will have to submit a pest control management plan as a requirement of the “Keeping of Animals” permit.

File Under: Wishbone Formation?

Monday, December 21, 2009

The girls are back outside!!!

I've been pretty nervous since we got about a foot of snow overnight from Saturday to Sunday.  Due to the way the wind was blowing, the run filled with about 2 feet of snow.  If I had thought of it, I could have protected the three open sides of the run with some scrap ply I have.  But, I didn't think of it.

What was making me nervous was the change in the girls' routine.  Normally, they head outside as soon as I open the door in the morning to eat and drink. But, they refused to go outside Sunday morning.  The heated waterer is outside, and I kept bringing fresh water inside the coop, but it didn't seem like they were drinking at all.  They have food inside and outside, but I wasn't sure if they were eating either.  The same thing happened this morning -- they did not go outside and didn't seem that interested in the food and water inside.


HOWEVER, I checked the live feed a few minutes ago, and the girls were outside, eating, drinking, and pooping (the pooping should help melt the snow!).  I am very relieved.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Winter is here


Winter is finally here. Temps dipped into the high teens last night, and, for the second night in a row, the chicks water was frozen in the morning.  Earlier in the fall, I bought a heated waterer for just this occasion.  It's got a 100-watt heating element built into the base.  To conserve energy, it's controlled by a thermostat -- however, it doesn't say what temp it comes on at, so we'll see how efficient it really is.   It holds 3 gallons, so should last at least a week, as long as it stays clean.  As you can see from the picture, an extension chord plugs right into the base.  Due to the shape of the base, I only had one extension chord that would fit.  Unfortunately, it was a 50-foot medium duty chord.  Doesn't look great, but does the job.

Meanwhile, the girls don't seemed to be bothered by the cold at all.  They ran right outside this morning and have been out all day.  It's 10 degrees warmer in the coop, but the appear to prefer the sun, even though it's below freezing outside.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

More pictures from the hens first snow day!











Snow!



We woke up this morning to about 2 inches of snow.

The girls were a little wary at first, as you can see you from video below.  But they soon decided that a little snow wasn't going to keep them cooped up for the whole day.

More video later.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pats Owner Bob Kraft Petitions City for Permission To Keep Chickens

http://www.bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view.bg?articleid=1216447&position=0



Brookline clucking over Robert Kraft coop
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa | Friday, December 4, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | The Inside Track

Photo by Stuart Cahill
Robert Kraft’s football team laid an egg down in New Orleans earlier this week - and now the New England Patriots [team stats] pooh-bah wants to keep chickens in his Brookline backyard!

The Krafts’ caretaker Rodney Buttry appeared at a recent Brookline Health Department meeting to petition the town to allow a dozen barnyard biddies to take up residence at the Krafts’ Chestnut Hill homestead. The birds would be relocated from Casa Kraft on the Cape.

Word is, Robert and Myra’s grandkids are big fans of the fowl and enjoy the whole back-to-nature experience. Not to mention the tasty eggs.

Anyway, the town building department has given the gentleman farmer the green light, but Health Department Director Dr. Alan Balsam is holding off on making a decision for 10 days.

“At the meeting I outlined my concerns, including what the structure will look like, if it’s enclosed, if it has a roof, and if the chickens can get out,” Balsam told the Track. “I don’t want roosters, and the chickens should be limited to 12. Most importantly, I would like to see a rodent-control plan and would like to know how they are going to compost the chicken feces.”

Ew.

Which leads us to the Krafts’ neighbors, one of whom is clucking about potential noise and smell as well as the wild animals the chickens might attract.

“As an elderly resident, I am concerned for our health, welfare and safety as well as that of our small dog,” wrote Robert Usen, whose property is 240 feet from the proposed coop.

“I am considering their concerns,” said Balsam, who added that three other Brookline residents keep chickens on their property.

Apparently, chicken-keeping is a new celebrity rage. The Krafts’ pal Donald Trump is rumored to keep poultry on his spread in Bedford, N.Y. And, of course, The Donald’s Bedford neighbor, Martha Stewart, is always squawking about her flock, and “Desperate Housewives” gal Felicity Huffman’s kids get a kick out of their coopful.

File Under: Chicken Dance.

Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view.bg?articleid=1216447


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