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Chicken-keeper Wannabe

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nanaroyer, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. nanaroyer

    nanaroyer Hatching

    Aug 21, 2010
    I did keep a few chickens several decades ago, but am now in a new location in a town (St Augustine Beach, FL) which has an ordinance against keeping any livestock, including poultry, in one's back yard. For purposes of local sustainability, health, happy chickens, I want to keep 4 hens for eggs my spouse and I. I am mostly retired (work once in a while as an RN) and learned about this terrific website from google. This month I have appeared before the St Aug Beach Commissioners, then the Planning and Zoning Board. They are willing to recommend to the commissioners that chickens be allowed on a "conditional use" basis, each person applying for that right, along with paying what now amounts to about $300! I am pushing for simply a change in ordinance, or with a license with a reasonable fee. For folks who are strapped for money, and are hoping to save a little with their chickens, $300 is undoable. I want to make this change not only for me, but for our community.

    The next commissioners' meeting, next month, I'm planning to bring as many people who I can corral to the meeting, who will hopefully volunteer a few positive words. I have already passed out literature (from the internet) which is in support of chickens, to the commissioners. So far, planning and zoning's objections seem to be primarily the difficulty of enforcing the proposed chicken-keeping laws, the salmonella issue, and the perils of feral chickens, a few of which are loose in town (though I haven't seen them). This area is a pretty conservative one, although St Augustine itself (not the Beach) does NOT have an ordinance against chickens (this seems to make no difference either).

    Any suggestions are appreciated, and should there be any local folk reading this, please contact me about showing for the meeting Sept 20.

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    [​IMG] Welcome to the forum! [​IMG] Glad you are here! [​IMG]

    You might look through this section for ideas.


    It will possibly increase the workload of those departments if chickens are allowed. If they are like most government agencies, they are understaffed and underfunded already, or at least think they are. Feral chickens can be a nuisance. There is an interesting segment on Mike Rowe's Dirty Jobs about that. It was filmed in Miami. Maybe someone on the planning commission saw that segment. Of course feral dogs and feral cats can also be a nuisance or worse. I assume pet dogs and cats are allowed. I'm not sure how wise it is to bring that up, but just a thought.

    I don't see the salmonella issue as any different than growing your own fruit and vegetables. If you do it right, you will be safe. if you don't,l well, there is a risk on fruit and veggies you bring home from the store.

    You might call your county extension agent, in the phone book under county government, and discuss it with them. They may or may not be able and willing to help you. It may help having another government agency provide information instead of just presenting opinions or information that was obtained off the internet.

    Good luck!!!
  3. bella1210

    bella1210 Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    [​IMG] from ct
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. Good luck. [​IMG]
  5. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Hello from Tucson, AZ and [​IMG] Good luck with your ordinances. We are all rooting for you here.
  6. white01

    white01 Brady Brook Poultry

    May 11, 2010
    West Enfield,Maine
    [​IMG] from Maine [​IMG] hope all works out well

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