Originally Posted by Greg Richardson
I encourage you to read what you wrote again.
Who is dictating how you live your life?
There are no do overs in life.
You are dreading they find out you are EXERCISING your RIGHT to have chickens? Huh?
Ask yourself if you could go ahead in time to ten years from now knowing the whole time you missed out on one of the great fantastic benefits of owning chickens would you still feel this way?
All this time you threw those benefits away because you are letting neighbors control you missing out on better flowers, vegetables, more soil.
IMO it's way past time to tell your neighbors you know a good real estate agent they can use if they want to keep on whining.
I reread it. Let me rephrase... I dread *hearing* the complaints about it. I don't let anyone dictate how I live (unless it is a law). I have wanted chickens for 3 years and patiently waited until the city finally rewrote the city code to allow them. City chickens have only been legal in my city for 5 months. Most of my neighbors probably don't even know they are legal now. I'm sure there is going to be a lot of squawking (and not just from my 3 hens) about those chickens living in my back yard. I will happily educate my neighbors that they are legal. And yes, as long as none of them turn out to be a roo, I will keep them.
Like I said in one post, I have more compost than I can use in my compost bin. I am an avid gardener - a city chick who dreams of living in the country. I have been studying permaculture and urban homesteading for 4 years. It is not legal for me to sell anything (compost, chicken poo, eggs) animal-based that is produced in my yard. That IS written in the city code. I can have it for personal consumption. That's why we only got three chickens - to raise what our family can consume. That waste has to go somewhere. It doesn't need to get piled up in my yard and unnecessarily upset the neighbors. I have respect for their rights, as well.
My city code allows for burning to control disease. I will confirm with the fire department if I have to have a permit to burn small piles of used shavings in a backyard fire pit. People have backyard fire pits throughout the city - it didn't even occur to me that a permit might be needed to have one.
As a cub scout leader, I teach my children to follow all laws, and if we don't like the laws we work with the city to change them. My children have met the Mayor, have met the firemen in two fire stations, and, when he was only 7 years old, my oldest son has even given a speech to the city council, with the Mayor standing at his side . I can assure you, I am not someone who will sit back and let neighbors control me. I am one who will proactively and assertively advocate change where change is needed. And, I will do it respectfully to those who live around me.
Edited to add: I am basing my assumption that a few neighbors might complain about the chickens due to their openness in complaining directly to me about my compost bin. Who knows... maybe they will readily accept them.
Edited by itsren - 5/8/12 at 7:39am