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Commercial is engaging in something to make a profit. To raise far more birds than you need for personal consumption to sell is a commercial enterprise. I'm not a fan of HOA's but if I lived in one and recently voted to allow people to raise some birds for their own egg and meat consumption would be beside myself that a neighbor took liberty to raise 100 birds. It wouldn't surprise me if they voted to revoke that recent gift to raise livestock in a few months. A person can raise 2 or 3 batches of meat birds from spring to fall. There was no need to get your weekly chicken dinner all at once. 40 laying birds is not personal consumption. Conservative estimate of 200 eggs a week is a commercial enterprise. That's not selling a few extra, that's starting a business or simply flaunting the new freedom of livestock to those that graciously voted to allow them in a reckless manner that will ruin it for those that wanted to raise a few livestock responsibly.


Edited by Egghead_Jr - 4/10/16 at 10:17pm

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First and foremost, our property is located where we back to farmland. No one in the HOA can see, smell or hear what we are doing.  We are not infringing on anyone's well-being in any way.  If we were on a little lot in the middle of a subdivision, that'd be a different story.  We're on 8 acres with no road frontage other than our driveway and no borders on any other members of the HOA's property.  So, that being said, it's also not really beyond "personal consumption" being that we're a family of 11 and easily go through 2+ dozen eggs a day!!  Our family eats 2 WHOLE chickens for a "chicken dinner", so having 50 meat birds won't last us very long.  It really isn't the "surplus" I'm wondering about, as I don't forsee really having much of a surplus, and IF we do, we plan to gift our wonderful neighbors with those, not sell them.  I was wondering about the breeding and selling of my Lavender Orpingtons, if I should be blessed with any chickies.

 
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