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Here is the Winnipeg Exotic Animal Bylaw (we're moving there in May): <a href="http://winnipeg.ca/clerks/pdfs/bylaws/3389.83.pdf" target="_blank">http://winnipeg.ca/clerks/pdfs/bylaws/3389.83.pdf</a><br><br>
Disappointed.<br><br><br>
We may not keep the following, which in case you haven't any inclination to read the rest, are considered 'exotic.' <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br><b>(6) horses, cattle, hogs, goats, sheep, poultry or bees except where specifically<br>
permitted by the applicable zoning by-law, and subject to section 2 of this<br>
By-law.</b><br><br>
Soooooo, we CAN keep <i>rabbits</i>, and <i>snails</i>!<br><br><br><b>2. Section 1 shall not apply to the following:<br><br>
(1) Any travelling show such as a circus or other like show.</b><br><br>
Okay, so I am <i>SURE</i> we could rig up some way of qualifying for <i>that</i> exemption!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Amused...<br><br><br>
ETA: Can you think of anything else we could raise for food while we're there (two to three years)? We need to do something, and I was really hoping on chickens, but alas, they are <i>exotic</i>... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Weeeellllll....you could always go underground with your chickens! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish">: :nana:<br><br>
When we got our chickens, we thought they were against the ordinance (I hate to say illegal...). But I've reread it and it seems they might be okay, at least the city would have to argue hard that they WEREN'T allowed since the "poultry" which is excluded is defined as "food birds" rather than egg birds/pets.<br><br>
So now we want...MORE CHICKENS!! (they are addictive) If you're just getting some for eggs, and you don't have a rooster, then you might be able to sneak under the radar unless a neighbor reports you!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Soooooo, we CAN keep <i>rabbits</i>, and <i>snails</i>!<br>
(1) Any travelling show such as a circus or other like show. [/B]<br>
Okay, so I am <i>SURE</i> we could rig up some way of qualifying for <i>that</i> exemption!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">: Well if you keep your chickens in a tractor (painted with the name of your traveling chicken theater group) you just might qualify.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/idea.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="idea"><br><br>
Please forward some pictures<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wool"> you could even add some sheep to the show!!!
 

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Are quail considered "poultry"? They do produce meat (& teeny tiny eggs). Alpacas or llamas are good fleece animals... there's also a local camel dairy nearby (really!) - are camels on the list? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Maybe you could be a traveling petting zoo - that could cover a lot of different critters! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
Ahah- I see you home school - could critters be an educational project, under the school clause?
 

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How about guinea pigs or pigeons?<br><br>
Rabbits are probably the most straightforward option. You could also consider taking up hunting and buy a nice, big freezer.
 

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That's very interesting. I don't suppose they'd be considered poultry if we kept them for eggs... I'm going to look into that!<br><br>
I'm so into the tractor-traveling chicken theatre group! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I am also going to find out if we would qualify for the school exemption. That's a possibility, but ds1 isn't yet mandatory school age, so they may not go for that. but I'll look anyway.<br><br>
My grandparents used to eat pigeons in Hungary. I've never eaten pigeon. I also looooove quail eggs and read that quails are very easy to keep. Are guinea pigs decently edible? I've never heard of that before. I can' imagine why not, but I know there are no recipes in my Nourishing Traditions for them, although I do have a great game recipes book that has (almost) everything in it- even skunk! Llamas and alpacas are beautiful, but very expensive- at least for us with dh heading back to school; I would love to keep them though.<br><br>
Here's something that irks me: the city gives permits to KFC, but won't let me keep meat birds, so essentially, they prefer that I feed my family processed chicken-like product rather than real food. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> I just hate that we're nearly forced to eat whatever has been mass-produced using whatever inhumane and disgusting methods, have smoke and stink billowing from stacks at 'food' plants, but a few clucking chickens is a grand offense to the urban sensibility <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:.<br><br>
I just read an article about a man in Winnipeg who had to give up his chickens and the article included another man saying that it's outrageous that this man had them, that if this isn't stopped, then everyone will start having livestock- sheep, chickens and who knows what else, and in his neighbourhood where they pay upwards of a million dollars for their homes, he doesn't want these animals bringing down the property value of his home... Nice.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> He probably doesn't have to worry too much that those who are paying a million dollars for their homes are home tending livestock in their backyards- I mean with that kind of mortgage, how would they have the time? Chicken tending doesn't usually garner too great a wage, yk?<br><br>
Babe's calling- gotta go! These are some great options; I'm determined to be an urban farmer if I must be urban... I <i>will</i> make this work!!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ducks are fowl, does that fall under poultry?<br><br><br>
also if you can keep quail, then pheasents are bigger and might be a better choice for meat and eggs?
 

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I gather that guinea pigs were originally domesticated as meat animals - sort of like rabbits, I guess. Anyhow, I imagine rabbit recipes would work. Pigeons are a good idea, they are a traditional city-dweller's meat bird. Alpacas & other camilids are often very cheap for neutered males, which are good for fleece or pack animals (at least, neutered goats - wethers- make good pack animals, & I think llamas do too).<br>
Anyhow, just throwing some more ideas out there...
 
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