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MASSACHUSETTS, Wilbraham - AgCom meeting regarding backyard chicken keeping

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Thread Starter 
There is a meeting tonight at 4:30 at the Wilbraham Town Hall in which the following will be discussed:

WILBRAHAM CHICKEN BYLAW

Any individual desiring to keep chickens on less than five acres must receive a one-time permit to do so. The permit fee shall be set from time to time, and must be obtained from the Town Clerk’s office and will acknowledge understanding of the requirements to keep chickens. The Town Clerk shall notify the town animal agent and health agent with the costs covered by the permit. Permit must be returned to the requestor within 5 working days.

The flock shall be confined in an enclosure not less than ten (10) feet from any lot line and not less than twenty-five (25) feet from any building used for human habitation. The building must meet the requirements for an accessory building as per the Zoning bylaws. No odor can be perceptible at the property boundaries. Noise must meet noise bylaw requirements at the property boundaries. Note that roosters may be required to wear a rooster crowing collar to meet this noise restriction.

The raising of and keeping of chickens on less than five acres is limited to:
6 for up to 15,000 sq. ft.; personal use of occupants only
12 for up to 2 acres; personal use of occupants only
25 for up to 5 acres; can share or sell within guidelines of the health agent
not less than three birds which are physically contained within a dedicated space of, at minimum rate, eight (8) square feet per chicken.

Chickens must be restricted to permitted property

Feed must be stored in a rodent-proof container and waste materials from bedding must be properly composted on site or disposed of to be composted.

Chickens must be provided with fresh water, clean feed, nesting box (one box / six hens), a roost bar and security from predators.

Violations to be enforced by the animal control office:
1st offense: warning
2nd offense: $50
3rd offense: $100
4th offense: removal
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If you want support at the meeting you might try posting here.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/50058/byc-members-in-massachusetts

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Thread Starter 
Ah! As you can see, I am not super experienced with posting on this site. Thank you for the direction, which I will take right now!

Michelle in Massachusetts
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Good luck Michelle.

I talk at these type meetings very often. Sometimes city councils invite me. Sometimes prospective keepers do.

We've been successful about 70% of the time getting chickens legalized.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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