Chicken Laws

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by zrossk, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. zrossk

    zrossk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2011
    Blandon, Pennsylvania
    Hello....I am just wondering, if it is illegal to have chickens on a resdential area where i live, is there anything i can do besides going to the city hall. My parents don't want to fight the city over chickens. So, is there anything i can do or am i out of luck until i can move out? Any help appreciated.
  2. Nitrous

    Nitrous Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2011
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    1. Thou shalt not crow before the sun comes up. None of thou!

    2. Thou shalt wait your turn and not attempt to eat the food as it is being poured.

    3. Thou shalt never clean up after thouself. Not even a little.

    Those are the only chicken laws I have.
  3. fuzziebutt

    fuzziebutt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2009
    I think you are just out of luck. The law is the law.
  4. LittleChickenLady

    LittleChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2011
    Clanton, Alabama
    Bribe the neighbors with eggs. [​IMG]
  5. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2009
    South Central, PA
    If your parents are really okay about having chickens, look up outlaw chickens on here. You might want to talk to you closest neighbors first and see how they feel about it. If you keep only hens, and bribe the neighbors with some eggs, it might be okay. Are you positive it is illegal? You should try to call your local gov. offices and ask about it.

    However, you have to face the reality of if it is reported, you will have to give them up, and you may be required to pay a fine.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012
  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Bad idea!

  7. critterrun

    critterrun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2011
    make sure YOU know the law
    look it up
    Get it in writing

    maybe there is still hope [​IMG]
  8. zrossk

    zrossk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2011
    Blandon, Pennsylvania
    I am pretty sure it is illegal because someone had them in my neighborhood before and got fined a lot of money. They had a lot though and they were eating them so they probably had roosters but, i dont know. I really only want a few silkie and serama hens or maybe even only two or three of one kind ...I don't really understand why you cannot have any small, quiet hens at all.
  9. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    In a lot of states it is illegal to process your own meat unless you have health dept. approved facilities (drainage, stainless steel kitchen) so that may have been why they were "shut down"

    Check your local zoning, a lot of times something isn't illegal unless it specifically states it. And I would look at the printed las, DO NOT ASK the people at the office. They file stuff, they rarely read it. A woman in my mother's town had chickens. City put up a stink but the woman had a copy of the laws that regulated animals and it did not forbid chickens. So she kept 6 hens.

    You may also be able to skirt the law if you have a few banties in a rabbit hutch or Eglu and argue that they are pets--domestic birds instead of livestock
  10. dainerra

    dainerra Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2011
    most likely if they had a lot and were processing birds, they violated something other than just "having chickens" They could have been giving meat to other people or processing birds to sell (illegal without having property inspected). They could have just had too many birds.

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