City Hens in Southgate Mi. City says they have to go

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by toolhawk, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. toolhawk

    toolhawk Hatching

    Oct 6, 2013
    I have done tons of reading here TONS !! Awesome education , City wrote me a warning and I have 12 days to remove , they will write citation oct 12th 2013 , can't go in front of city council until the 16th , I am going to let them write citation to get court date and buy time until I can go in front of council to see about getting code amended , I have had 4 hens for 10 years , very clean but live on a city lot ,privacy fence ,nice quiet neighborhood but new neighbor with yapping dog I think called

    (a) No person shall keep or allow to be kept within the City any cows, horses, pigs, goats, pigeons, fowl or other domestic animals or insects, except birds, dogs, domestic felines, or other harmless domestic pets.
    (b) No person shall sell, offer for sale, barter or give away baby chickens, ducklings or other fowl under three weeks of age, or rabbits under two months of age, as pets, toys, premiums or novelties, or color, dye, stain or otherwise change the natural color of any baby chicks, ducklings or other fowl or rabbits, or bring or transfer the same into the City. However, nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit the sale or display of such baby chickens, ducklings or other fowl or rabbits in proper facilities by breeders or stores engaged in the business of selling for purposes of commercial breeding and raising.
    (c) The City Clerk may suspend any permit granted pursuant to this section when a nuisance as described in this section is being or has been thereby created, and may cause any such nuisance to be abated.
    (Ord. 820. Passed 12-28-05.)

    I feel code is vague , looking for advise , wordage , help educate me and them on GAAMPS AND RTFA
    Thank You
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken

    Sep 26, 2013
    madison Indiana
    their is a new member on here from california called chickenlawyer, wonder if he would help? i lived in sw detroit for 25 yrs and spent a lot of time in southgate, mostly yardsales . some times trick or treating. good times. live in IN. now
  3. Big Bubba

    Big Bubba Chirping

    May 19, 2013

    They had a case here that may help. The wording is, indeed, very confusing. First, is a chicken fowl or bird? You can argue that either way. Off base here, but who keeps insects?

    So, the case here argued the chickens were basically "pets". Point out your hens are only kept as pets, and not for commercial purposes and you should be safe. Many times laws have an addendum to them explaining what they are attempting to accomplish. They are an explanation of what the purpose of the law is. In this case it looks like they are trying to make sure people don't start a farming business within the city. I assume you aren't selling eggs or poultry.

    Let us know how you do. Best of luck.
  4. IwantToKeepChix

    IwantToKeepChix Hatching

    Mar 2, 2014
    I live in Southgate Michigan and would like to know what happened? did it go through? Did you get to keep your chickens?
    We've been wanting a few chickens, just lay some eggs, no roosters, a small chicken coop and we a very nice neighbors I'm sure they wouldn't mind.

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