I have a bit of a situation and I am looking for as much help as I can get. I have a small flock 6 laying chickens in New Brighton, MN. I also have a few babies that I am brooding for other new chicken owners in the area. I am so proud that my city has avoided making many of the these restrictive laws so many people around the country are working to change. We currently don't have laws that regulate chickens, poultry, bees or gardening. All issues that may arise from these activities are currently covered under our nuisance laws that address noise, smell, sanitary concerns and esthetics. Our community believes in the rights of property owners.
Well, I have a neighbor that for whatever reason decided he hates me and everything I am doing and has submitted a petition to our city council to add ordinances about my chickens, but also my bee's, my gardens, my trellis....I think he just wants an ordinance against me in general! Anyway, he has called the ordinances officers over 100 times to complain. Never, in the dozens of times that the city has been out to investigate, have they found a smell, sanitary or noise concern (I have NO roosters).
This neighbor has managed to present this petition against backyard farming, that would include possible restrictions on chickens, bees, gardening and greenhouses, to the city council. They are currently researching the issues, no ordiance change has been proposed but they are looking into it. I have contacted all of the city council members and invited them over to my house. One of the things they asked is whether I had people that were willing to support me. I do! I am hoping to flood their emails with as many letters of support as I can to let them know this is a huge issue that has lots of support and is a politcal powder keg for them. To restrict this would go against the tide of people and cities fighting to loosen restrictions. This would be a huge step back in the rights of chicken owners and moving all of us in the wrong direction. It is clear to me that my city council has very little information on backyard chickens and backyard farming.
Will you help me? Are you willing to take just a quick moment to send a letter of support to my councilman about backyard chickens? My goal is to get a 100 letters of support in the research phase to let them know that moving in this direction is a step back. Anything you can share in the way of personal experience, your ordinances or chicken keeping as a whole would make a whole lot of difference.
You can send the email to Councilman Paul Jacobsen at email@example.com and add a CC to Dean Lotter, City Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can reference property 715 Forest Dale or Kristie Kellis.