Originally Posted by gypsy767
On a more serious note: The county where we live (Gordon) is in the process of adopting changes to the ordinance governing back yard chickens. At first blush it is going to be damaging. Public hearings are supposed to be coming soon. The following are some of the changes being proposed:
Only 6 hens on a half acre and only 6 per each additional half acre for a MAXIMUM NUMBER of 24 chickens.
No selling of chickens/eggs/poultry bi-products (I take that to mean litter)
Chickens must me kept contained in a closed pen.
These are just a few of the things from the paper today...obviously the statutes are being written by people who have no clue of what they are doing...they don't know a thing about raising chickens and have NO IDEA of the passion we chicken people have concerning our birds.
We are a rural county and really need none or very few regulations concerning back yard chickens. This coming at a time when most cities/counties are relaxing regulations due to difficult economic times as a way to assist citizens. I'm appalled at what they are planning.
There are so many things they don't understand. For instance, there are no hatcheries (that I know of) within hundreds of miles of us where we can pick up baby chicks. The minimum order from most is 15 chicks and others are 25. Where are you going to get 6 chicks if you want hatchery stock which many people do...??? You could order the 15, keep 6 and sell 9...If regs allowed you to sell...!
I have 10 plus acres and under these regulations I would only be able to have 24 chickens...!
I (and many others) have invested in incubators and sell off excess chicks. Under these regs that would not be allowed. Also can't sell table eggs or hatching eggs...for which the GA dept of ag clearly allows without license if eggs are picked up at your place and sold at other locations if you have a license. Does the state regs supersede local...?
If your have had experience dealing with "bureaucrats" like this I would appreciate hearing from you.