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post #11 of 59

Phunky;

You need to stand up for your rights!    I checked and I can't find any ordinances prohibiting owning Chickens in Livonia;  You should double check, but  the only thing that comes up is under slaughtering and in another section on selling chicks, eggs, rabbits, etc.

http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?pid=13598&sid=22\\



If you're not slaughtering your chickens, you have a shot there.....the sooner you get on it, the sooner you can help the ordinance pass to allow chickens before they "dis-allow" them on you....in that case, grandfathering your chickens in may be at risk.....

post #12 of 59

Just realized my link didn't work....at any rate, Livonia uses Municode.com for their online ordinance info.

post #13 of 59
Thread Starter 

The only laws in Livonia on both the city's website and municode is no selling...we have the turkey farm here and other people have chickens too...even Redford allows chickens.

post #14 of 59

Most code enforcement agents don't know and assume that chickens aren't allowed.  You should check out Michigan right to farm act, from what little looking I have done, it allows you to have chickens anywhere no matter what city you are in.  Just a thought.

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Hoping to get chickens again soon, in the meantime I have gotten a couple pregnant Shetland Ewes.  You can check out all my shenanigans at Homesteaddad.com
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post #15 of 59

Move to Detroit!
You can do anything you want here. We've got chickens, goats, ducks, geese, rabbits, gardens, greenhouses and more in our neighborhood. Just make sure to built a sturdy fence to keep out the dogs.

post #16 of 59

I just wanted to give a quick welcome-byc to all the new Michigan BYCers in this thread!

post #17 of 59
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Originally Posted by keliejc 

Here in Waterford Township you need to have 2 acres,


where did you find this information?  I'm off of Elizabeth Lake Rd and don't have 2 acres, but the land behind my house is 5+ acres and land locked.  Would it be worth trying to sneak around this?

Thanks!

post #18 of 59

You all are thinking that an ordanance is a law, It is not. The LAW you should be looking into is the right to farm LAW. In Michigan the right to farm LAW gives you the right to Raise anything useful to mankind as long as it is commercial in nature and you practice GAAMP's even if you live in a Trailer Park According to the supreme court.
If you raise chickens, intend to sell some of the eggs you get from them to family, freinds or strangers, Practice GAAMPS, Generally accepted agricultural Practices, Which if you have less than 2000 chickens you are exempt from, the GAAMPS are what you decide them to be,  you are a farm and are protected by the right to farm Law. The right to farm is a Law and trumps an Ordanance. The law states that the city ordanance cannot be used to hinder what you and what you produce.

So, if you want to Raise some Chickens, Go out and put a sign on your mailbox that say's "Farm Fresh Eggs forsale $20 a Dozen" and then get your chickens. When the Zoning guy Shows up, Tell him that you raise birds for their eggs and that you keep some and sell the rest to family and freinds and that you practice GAAMP's. He might still give you a ticket but that don't mean he is right. Have you ever met a Zonning guy that wasn't an egotistical Jerk ??
The cities refuse to even admit that they know of the Law, but I assure you they Do.  When you Get the ticket, take it and a copy of the Law and the ticket to your city manager, tell him that you are protected by the right to farm Law and he should inform the zoning guy back off and dismiss the ticket. He may ack like your nuts but don't back down. They know that if this law becomes known, they lose control. Their ordanance's only apply to animals as pets, not kept for a purpose. A farm in Michigan can be the size of a mountain or the size of a postage stamp.
The city of Belleville just took a lady all the way to the supreme court  on this and the city was told to leave her alone, she was within her rights.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS, Read the right to farm Law on the states website or if you check out Destiny Farms website in Brighton, Michigan, He has some links to websites all about your right to farm including the Belleville lawsuite, supreme court desicion.
IF YOU WANT CHICKENS, THERE IS A WAY, But be prepared to be beat up by the city a little, they will try to make you give it up but they know if you push, they will Lose! THEY HATE THIS LAW!!! I said LAW, NOT ORDANANCE>>>>
We went thru this, The city gave us 5 Tickets and sent many threatening Letters and then the day before court the tickets amazingly all dissapered. Now we keep hundreds of chickens.
This started because my wife, Just wanted to get a chicken and the city told us we could have 6 dogs or 20 cats but NO chickens! I said that can't be right and I began to read. Know your rights and Don't believe anything the city tells you. They are only 1 spoke in the wheel.
Also, if you want to build or have a chicken coop, in Michigan, Buildings used for any type of agricultural use, is the only thing that is NOT required to get  a permit  to build. Some how, That exemption can only be found on the states web site, The city's web sites, for some reason, don't tell you about it??

post #19 of 59

The "Right To Farm Law" holds up in MI. It does supercede all ordinances.
It doesn't mean neighbors/city officials, etc. won't try to hassle you, it does mean you are well within your rights to have backyard chickens if you live in MI.

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post #20 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by tororider 

Most code enforcement agents don't know and assume that chickens aren't allowed.  You should check out Michigan right to farm act, from what little looking I have done, it allows you to have chickens anywhere no matter what city you are in.  Just a thought.


The first time they showed up at my house about the birds I told the officer to come back with documentation that they were not allowed and documentation saying that the local ordinances superceeded the right to farm laws. Additionally I had to explain that my property was not a part of the subdivision built all around me for either tax or zoning purposes. It took him three weeks to come back and tell me I was correct.

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