Hello Broomfielders interested in backyard chickens! This is my first post on the forums here, though I refer to this site regularly when I have questions about my chickens. I live in Broomfield and have had five chickens for two years now. Earlier this month we got a visit from animal control and were given a month to re-home our girls. We currently have a deadline of Sept 10, and have made arrangements for them, but are doing everything we can to change the laws in the meantime. Our representatives on city council are putting forth a proposal this Tuesday the 28th to do a study on the issue of backyard chickens, this is the first step toward creating an ordinance to allow chickens in Broomfield and we are very excited about this. The following is a message that I've sent out via email and Facebook to garner as much support as possible. I would love to have as many people contacting their council reps as possible. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you!
Howdy! I am writing this to tell you about recent happenings with our little flock of chickens and how you might be able to help others interested in backyard chickens. Two years ago we wanted to get chickens and after we got approval from our immediate neighbors, proceeded with these plans. We have really enjoyed having them. It's been a great learning experience for the boys and of course we love getting 4-5 eggs a day to supply our family's egg needs and also those of our elderly neighbors.
This past week an Animal Control officer came to the door to let us know that we'd been reported as being in violation of a law that prohibits farm animals from being in city limits. We currently have 30 days to re-home our hens and making progress toward that end. However we're not going down without a fight. We got in touch with our City Council Representatives and at their encouragement attended a Council meeting tonight, along with our next door neighbor, to ask them to consider creating an ordinance to allow backyard chickens in Broomfield. Of course we would love to save our own flocks of chickens, but our focus at this point is changing the law so that, whether it happens in time to help us personally or not, others will be able to have the same positive experience as we have with our chickens.
Here is the current situation. In two weeks from today, on August 28th at the regularly scheduled 6pm meeting, the City Council will be voting on whether or not they will commit to do a study on allowing backyard chickens. If they do the study, an actual vote on the matter would likely be in September. Here's how you can help right now: The council members will vote on whether or not to do the study based on how much interest there is among their constituents to create the ordinance to allow backyard chickens.
If you live in Broomfield and feel as we do that residents should be able to have backyard chickens(within reason of course - no roosters, limits on #s, etc), would you consider contacting your Council representative sometime before August 28 and let them know that you are in favor of chickens in Broomfield? Our representatives(Ward 2) have been very responsive to emails, I have listed phone numbers as well.
I don't want anyone to feel pressured to act, I am tagging only those that have had positive reactions to our own flock. I would love it if you would tag or share this with any other Broomfield resident that would be willing to take part.
Thank you sincerely for your time!
Find out what ward you live in here: http://www.broomfield.org/maps/wardmap.shtml
City Council Members:
Bob Gaiser 720.352.4538 firstname.lastname@example.org
Todd Schumacher 720.840.7145 email@example.com
Mike Shelton 303.269.1946 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis P. McCloskey 303.489.0132 email@example.com
Kevin Jacobs 303.912.3401 KevinInWard3@comcast.net
Sam Taylor 303.931.6477 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Jurcak 303.926.1848 email@example.com
Greg Stokes 303.466.6710 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne L. Anderson 303.324.4566 email@example.com
Martha Derda 303 466-6624 firstname.lastname@example.org