Big Bend, WI ...chickens or not?


9 Years
Jun 15, 2010
Big Bend, WI
Hey guys,

We bought a house in big bend, Wisconsin which is considered a village. I have checked the website on ordinances on chickens (and let me first say, this is me and DH first home, we are young, newly weds and I don't understand half the crap on the ordinance sheet!) and this is what I find:

"Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, no person shall keep within the Village of Big

Bend, either temporarily or permanently, any bees, pigeons, fowl, cows, cattle, horses,

sheep, swine, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese or any other domesticated livestock;

provided, however, that such animals or fowl may be kept at places approved by the Health

Officer for educational purposes, for research purposes, for circuses and similar recreational

events and maybe kept within residential or agricultural districts as permitted in the Big Bend

zoning Code."

So, my question is...if I get the Health Officer to say that we can keep chickens as an educational purpose for our 2 year old, is this what they mean?

We aren't going to get chickens unless it's okay, or we move. How can I write a letter to the village clerk and voice my opinion on this and hope to be allowed to keep chickens? Is there a way of doing this? I really haven't the faintest idea of how to write this person a letter (well, I know how to write a letter...), and what to say!

Me and DH don't plan on staying here our whole lives, we plan on relocating a bit more south and to a hobby farm of our own as we are both in love with the idea of "growing" our own food both plant and animal matter.

(Please be nice to me!

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12 Years
Dec 16, 2008
Greenleaf, WI
you'll have to check in on the Cheesehead Thread - lotsa good people.

I don't think they mean educational in the home flock sense, it means an organization, nature center, somehting like that. It might be possible to ask for a variance to the ordinance. Or you may have to work to get the law changed. there are lots of threads with advice on doing that. Good luck to you!

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