I'm so sorry to hear you are losing your fight to keep your chickens. Maybe you are in my neighborhood? I know there are others nearby who have chickens, illegally. I hear them sing their egg laying song and occasionally a rooster crow. I personally know there are many others in the same situation as us. We need to work together to change things! I am willing to do the majority of the leg work but at some point we will need signatures and perhaps a few Chandler residents to speak at the city council meetings. Running for City Council has crossed my mind. It's too late to get on the ballot now.... I think with the right presentation and enough supporters we can use the upcoming election to our advantage. We need to change these outdated laws and show there are residents that would like to NOT have to hide their chickens from code enforcement. Does Chandler even still have a commercial egg producer? That makes sense now why the law is what it is and the punishment is so tough. I never could understand why all the other surrounding cities have specific urban chicken laws; Chandler, a farming community, evicts chickens and pet bunnies from private residences. We spoke with code enforcement officers they admitted to having to take children's 4-H award winning bunnies, pet chickens and so on. Not for any foul offense, nuisance or actual complaint. It was always a complaint from a neighbor who is "following the law" (as you accurately put it) and felt it was their duty to turn them in. Or perhaps they don't like how their hedges are trimmed or the new shed they constructed in their backyard.
The judge literally laughed at me after hearing his calender of cases for theft, domestic violence, traffic offenses, etc-- he had to look twice at my charges: CCC: 35-701 Uses permitted (not allowed chicken, roosters) He referred me to the prosecutor. We will request a backyard inspection to show that are chickens are gone. Case dismissed. Then we shall move forward with changing the laws!