The city of Edmond has posted a warning on my home stating I am breaking zoning laws for having chickens in my backyard. I am zoned Single Family Residential and have reviewed the city ordinances many times. I live on over an acre of land with many trees and a six foot privacy fence. The city continuously quotes me City Ordinance 22.4.3 which is an ordinance for General Agriculturally zoned land. Even in this section, there isn't anything that states I am unable to have chickens. Title 7 refers to ordinances regarding animals and doesn't specify poultry is prohibited. Title 7, section 7.30.010, refers to pigeon keeping and associated regulations, but does not specify any restrictions to other "fowl" or "poultry". The only section I could find regarding chickens is under Title 22, section 4.2 which prohibits "INTENSIVE agriculture, including chicken and hog farming". I hardly find having six hens intensive farming much less farming. According to Title 7, I am allowed to own two pot belly pigs and a miniature horse, but get violation notices for chickens. Is there a section I may be missing or is the city trying to intimidate me by quoting irrelevant city ordinances and sending code enforcement out to my residence?
In order to have a fighting chance to go to court, the city must issue me a citation which according to them will be "in excess of $200 for each day the violation continues."
Anyone know of any specific city ordinances I am missing? Anyone want to chicken sit until I can go to court?