I Clucked Too Soon

In Backyard chickens, changing urban chicken laws, Chicken husbandry, urban chickens on January 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Jan. 12

Although I had resigned myself to putting the chickendiary on hiatus until spring break, events have unfolded that makes today’s entry imperative.  We received a certified letter in the mail yesterday stating that we have 15 days to find new homes for our chickens or my neighborhood will “enforce all rights and remedies allowed for compliance.”  I have asked the management for a meeting so that Jim and I can present our case and try to persuade the board to change the covenant which does not allow “livestock or poultry of any kind” in the neighborhood. 

WANTED: Daisy Chicken: For crimes against ordinance #11

We have compelling points which might cause a change of the rules.  Further, we have raised the chickens since April and have had only one complaint from a neighbor who was concerned about the noise of a rooster and attracting predators.  If others are unhappy with our chickens, they have not come to us to let us resolve whatever problems they have.  We have also welcomed the management to inspect our chickens, our coop, and our back yard and ask any questions they might have concerning our unusual pets. To our knowledge, none of the board members have come for a look.  I am hoping that after we speak to the board, the neighborhood might be able to take a vote to change this rule regarding chickens.  In light of the urban chicken craze sweeping many major cities in the country and in our own state, they might agree that the rule is out of date. 

Power to the POULTRY!!!

 We love our neighborhood and so do our chickens.  I have two viable homes for them should we be forced to give them up.  My dad will take them, or my good friend GT said they could have a home with his brood in the country. 

Will Mr GT feed me grapes?

I do hope it doesn’t come to that.  Wish us luck!  I shall keep you posted.

  1. Justice for the “Poultry Three”! That would really be rotten I hope the board will see the light.

  2. Thanks Merrilu. I wanted to use the slogan FREE THE PIKE ROAD PECKERS!!! But Jim won’t let me.

  3. sad…very sad. please let all of the “chicken fan club” members know if there is anything we can do for your little girls 🙂

  4. We’ll sign petitions and annoy the hell out of them if we have too!!! THE PIKE ROAD PECKERS deserve to stay in a loving home with the only parents they have ever known!!!

  5. Oh nooooo!!! This is tragic news. I would love to tell you that I would take Rosie and her sisters, but there isn’t enough room for me and 3 other chicks at my little cabin on the creek. However, the hippie in me is willing to picket your HOA meeting and protest thier crazy covenant laws. Long live the Pike Road Peckers!!!!

  6. How can we (they) take away your babies??? You don’t have a rooster; must be a sexist move. Love them ladies! Hope your appeal is successful.

  7. I hope your chickys can stay, we raise them ourselves against ordinance and oray we dont have problems. It’s crazy bc we live in the country and most of our neighbors are zones agriculture except us and one neighbor.

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