5 days until my girls are fugitives~HELP in South Milwaukee, Wi PLEASE!

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by rescuechick29, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. rescuechick29

    rescuechick29 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 20, 2011
    milwaukee, WI
    So here's the story. Neighbors called about the unfortunate roo I ended up with after buying him as a pullet. I am new to chickens and didn't know I had been dooped (he was a silkie:) until I heard the crows. Yesterday I FINALLY sold him, after 3 months of postings etc....

    Anyhow, I came home from selling him to a business card from the health dept. After calling him I was informed that I had been mis informed about my city ordinances and I have 5 business days to move my flock. The man from the health dept seemed smug when I asked if there was any way I could get a permit or perhaps have the ordinance revised. He told me if 'he had any say in it that chickens would stay where they belong, in the country'.

    After looking up some info, I will be contacting the alderperson in my area, but he will be derferring back to health dept about sanitation codes etc....ANY help fighting this would be GREATLY appreciated as I'm bound and determined to keep my 5 girls....what to do?!
  2. BusyBlonde

    BusyBlonde Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2011
    Bessemer City, NC
    Get them to send you the ordinances in WRITING. When I did a quick google search, it appeared that last year it became legal to own chickens in Milwaukee. You do appear to need a permit (I'm guessing you did not get one), but chickens themselves do not appear illegal if you go through the proper channels. Good luck!
  3. OnceAroundTheBlock

    OnceAroundTheBlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2011
    Western North Carolina
    Neighbors can be such pain in the ***** sometimes! Buy some property out in the country where neighbors are a thing of the past.[​IMG]
  4. redheaded628

    redheaded628 New Egg

    Apr 17, 2012
    You might check with your local planning and zoning department, code enforcement, or animal control. They should be able to help you with city code questions. Maybe code enforcement or animal control for questions about any permits required. You can usually find their contact information on your local city web page. You might be able to submit a variance request (this process usually starts through the planning and zoning department in my city and goes to a committee or city council for a vote).
  5. Cluky

    Cluky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2012
    Check that the ordinance is actually acording to what your health inspector said. reason i say this is because here in chicago even though we are allowed to keep chickens, not all inspectors know about that, so we have to actually aducate them on the issue. Then if it is actually the case, bring it up to alderman.
  6. rescuechick29

    rescuechick29 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 20, 2011
    milwaukee, WI
    I'm calling the alderpersons in the am as I finally got their contact info.....it is legal to keep chickens in the CITY of Milwaukee, not in the suburb of South Milwaukee. I work for animal control and we have no info on record about ordinances and I'm having a hard time finding it online....but the fight continues!
  7. jeraldt6

    jeraldt6 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2011
    Will Allen. Google him. He has that urban agriculture thing right in Milwaukee. Swing by and see what he can advise. Perhaps a call from his office might get that health guy shaking.
  8. katieandmatilda

    katieandmatilda New Egg

    Jan 30, 2013
    Hi Nicole.

    My name is Debbie and I live in South Milwaukee. I've got a question about your situation. Please email me at [email protected] if you can.

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