I've been researching and gushing over all the fancy chicken coops everyone posted. DH and I decided we would welcome 3 pullet hens into our family to start. I couldn't find anything online about chicken ordinances in the past so I always figured it was legal. Today I decided to call just to double check. Now all our dreams and hopes for our little chicken family was crushed!!
When I called the township to inquire about getting a chicken coop and having a few for eggs and they told me that a coop has to be 100ft from each property line. 100 ft?!
I think this is the language they are referring to, Pg 55 of the pdf:
The minimum distance between an accessory building and any other building(s) on the same lot shall be as prescribed in Article IV except that no poultry or livestock shelter shall be erected closer than 100 feet to
any dwelling or lot line.
I've spoken with Animal Control and aside from noise complaints related to roosters, they have no issues with having chickens (aside from the Zoning Dept rules ).
Now we have an acre of property with plenty of room for the little ones! Unfortunately, it's only 150ft wide. So therefore, we cannot possibly meet the 100ft restrictions. We'd be in violation no matter where we try putting It, even though it could easily be over 100ft from neighbors' houses.
And I guess it means I can't keep them in my porch either, since that would be 100 ft from "any" dwelling.
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions please let me know. It was our dream to have chickens and I'm so sad to think we can't now.