Comments On - Jail Time Threatens Chicken Owners

Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 10/4/2012 7:02:17 AM
I know of a county that has an ordinance that makes it illegal to even have a goldfish if you own less than 10 acres. Common pets are overlooked and they have recently passes an ordinance that allows chickens, but you have to keep a 'poop log' to show how often you have cleaned the coop. Talk about rediculous!
Carina, Indianapolis, IN
Posted: 7/16/2012 11:53:16 AM
What's next? Rabbits, Hamsters? Guinea Pigs? This regulation after regulation garbage is getting out of hand!
Chuck, Reno, NV
Posted: 3/4/2012 6:52:07 PM
There's nothing wrong with having chickens just so u pen them up instead of letting them run all over onto other peoples property.i am having that problem wwith my neighbor they r getting in our plants eating our dogs food and hes tied up and they are getting on our porch and vehicles.i think there should be a law to where they have to be penned up.
teresa, belington, WV
Posted: 7/2/2011 8:31:34 AM
I have a small urban farm and very much agree with what has been said. People should have the right to have chickens, ducks and have a grand garden if your yard can sustain it. Why not chickens? The question is "When did it become unappropiate for a family to have chickens?" Yet we eat them everyday. If for some reason we had to supply our own food if would be no reason for concern it would be the norm.
Katrina, Biggs, CA
Posted: 5/13/2011 2:07:50 PM
Here in Port Saint Lucie, FL we are fighting for the right to keep backyard chickens. A local resident had them for 3 years and as just cited. We've been doing research and it seems to be a growing trend to raise hens, but many battling with local ordinances. We are trying to team up with other urban chicken raising groups to make this legal. Let's all work together! We have a facebook page and petition. http://www.facebook.com/home. php?sk=group_116810825066346&ap=1 The petition is : http://www.petitiononline.com/pluck/
This could be a huge movement. Good (p)luck!
Christine, Port Saint Lucie, FL
Posted: 4/18/2011 8:28:50 AM
We should have the right to grow our own food without living on a farm. It would be nice to have food that isn't being recalled for improper handling or abuse to animals.
jesse, madison, WI
Posted: 1/27/2011 10:18:27 AM
Isn't amazing almost anyone can have a hand gun, yet have a few chickens and your an outlaw
Doug, King Ferry, NY
Posted: 1/26/2011 3:01:51 PM
There was a time when a garden and a few chickens in the backyard was the 'American' way. Time to return to our roots. Everyone should have a couple chickens for the fresh eggs, fresh fertilizer and a means of avoiding harsh and unnecessary toxic chemicals used as pestacides.
Kris, Cottonwood Heights, UT
Posted: 1/26/2011 12:33:20 PM
Well, I can understand not having rooster but hens don't make much unless they're particularly pleased with their latest egg. And that's not at night.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 1/17/2011 3:59:16 PM
Two of my neighboring towns have changed their ordinance to allow chickens over the past year. My town ordinance does not allow them yet, but I am working on it. I can't wait to have chickens!!
Claire, North Arlington, NJ
Posted: 1/14/2011 5:21:20 PM
What about the noise from parrots and macaws? Way more than a chicken makes! Hens are harmless, sweet, smart, and gives eggs and fertilizer for our gardens! They make great pets! Why make someone a criminal, when they're only trying to be self sustainable? At least you know your eggs are healthy! I think about barking dogs, cats that run free, playing kids! What's wrong with a chirping hen?
Dottie, Clifton Park, NY
Posted: 1/14/2011 8:23:13 AM
Afowl - that's funny.
MPH, Palm Bay, FL
Posted: 1/13/2011 5:44:52 AM
Anything that wakes the neighbors up at night *should* be banned in cities. Roosters, at least, definitely qualify. They don't crow just at dawn, either, at least not if there is a streetlight anywhere in sight.
John_David_Galt, Sacramento, CA
Posted: 1/12/2011 11:20:54 PM
Even though there is no Code against chickens in Niskayuna, NY, the town made us get rid of our ladies and fined us nearly $4,000 for violating a definition! The judge decided chickens can only be farm animals and not pets. Therefore, you must be a farm to have a chicken. ABSURD!
http://www.spotlightnews.com/news/view_news. php?news_id=1291413618
http://www.spotlightnews.com/news/view_news. php?news_id=1294350610

We're appealing the decision and working with other people with chickens to educate the judge and hopefully get him to reverse his decision!
Brenda, Niskayuna, NY
Posted: 1/12/2011 6:16:13 PM
This is an all too common urban absurdity. We can't get people to stop parking derelict vehicles on the street, but raise a few hens and you're public enemy #1. I'm still working to try to get my local laws changed and it's been TWO YEARS!!
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 1/12/2011 12:10:16 PM
I was in the same spot. After speaking with city council members, other residents and reading the city code, it appeared that hens were perfectly legal. I had my hens for about 8 months with not one complaint from any neighbor, the ones across the street didn't even realize that I had hens. I was turned in by a city worker that saw them. I was told that the city didn't allow "livestock". The fact that our code specifically states that chickens are fowl, not livestock didn't seem to matter to the city. The fact that there are provisions as to what you may and may not do with your fowl in the code didn't matter....so, I gathered a group of like minded people (one of the council members calls us "those Birkenstock wearing people") and we have worked for more than a year now to get a new code that is more specific. It passed 5 - 3 and now the council members that are against it are trying to get it on the April ballot to be repealed...I guess if they don't get their way the first time, they use bully tactics until they win. Sad
with held, with held, MS
Posted: 1/12/2011 9:15:47 AM
I guess they are "terrorizing" the neighbors. This is absolutely absurd. We all need chickens and quit building homes so close and big. I am so sick of the neighborhood I live in which is sort of and old ranch turned homes and now some being torn down and mansions built. You can hear the neighbors in the bathroom!!! Not at my house. My yard is my sanctuary. Far From the Maddening Crowd
Melinda, Garden Grove, CA
Posted: 1/12/2011 8:36:57 AM
Oh, yeah, throw those chicken lovers right in the pokey, the slammer right where they belong. Sheesh, how in the world did we ever stray this far away from our country roots. It seems the idiots (uninformed not dumb) have taken over control of our rights. I admire those that fight back for the heritage of our country.
dbentz24@msn.com, Omaha, NE
Posted: 1/12/2011 7:30:43 AM
Just another example of how our country is getting closer and closer to total government control. Our land of freedom is slowly being taken away law by law, line upon line, precept upon precept.
Carla, Austin, TX
Posted: 1/12/2011 5:57:08 AM
Jail time for owning a chicken? Yep, we should throw those worst sort of criminals into the prison system. Keep them off the streets!!!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 1/11/2011 11:13:17 PM
I agree with Mark, we need a law to protect people's right to grow food on their own property!
erika, oakland, CA
Posted: 1/11/2011 8:24:22 PM
We need a law to protect people's right to grow food on their own property? Unbelievable. The founding fathers would never have imagined it.
Mark, Cedar Rapids, IA
Posted: 1/11/2011 3:49:39 PM
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