Dearborn heights trying to take away chickens

Birdy_313

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Recently the city of Dearborn heights came and told me to get rid of my chickens and ducks. I contacted the state and they said I am covered under RTFA. After contacting the city they told me not to try it and I'm not sure if the city is lying any advice?
 

humblehillsfarm

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Recently the city of Dearborn heights came and told me to get rid of my chickens and ducks. I contacted the state and they said I am covered under RTFA. After contacting the city they told me not to try it and I'm not sure if the city is lying any advice?
Wowza. Unfortunately I haven't been in your shoes.

Welcome to BYC though! I'm following the thread in hopes to learn.

Having not been in your shoes I don't have quality advice, but if I were you I'd go off of what the state says until you learn more. Have you contacted the state after the city told you not to try it?
 

Birdy_313

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Wowza. Unfortunately I haven't been in your shoes.

Welcome to BYC though! I'm following the thread in hopes to learn.

Having not been in your shoes I don't have quality advice, but if I were you I'd go off of what the state says until you learn more. Have you contacted the state after the city told you not to try it?
Yes he told me to show them this and if they had any questions to contact him. They don't seem like they want to do that though.
https://www.ag.state.mi.us/opinion/datafiles/2010s/op10381.htm
 

humblehillsfarm

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Yes he told me to show them this and if they had any questions to contact him. They don't seem like they want to do that though.
https://www.ag.state.mi.us/opinion/datafiles/2010s/op10381.htm
It is mind blowing that people actively move to an agricultural community and then complain that there is too much agriculture! Good for MI for setting up laws protecting them. I skimmed through it with my untrained eye. Seems pretty sound, but what do I know? I hope everything works out in your favor!
 

EggSighted4Life

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Yes he told me to show them this and if they had any questions to contact him. They don't seem like they want to do that though.
https://www.ag.state.mi.us/opinion/datafiles/2010s/op10381.htm
Hi there and welcome to BYC! :frow

That's correct.. it is NOT the agencies' responsibility to "track down" your proof... Consider getting whatever you want looked at notarized and tracked for delivery or even signature required.. or other "server" options.

Seems to me that what you are asking about was set up for actual farmers and not for individuals.. But also for farmers who were doing it before the local ordinance was enacted and town was built up around them.. not those that did it anyways and tried to fight the local ordinance AFTERWARDS once they were caught!

https://nationalaglawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/assets/righttofarm/Michigan.pdf

Either way, I'm very interested in protecting our rights to keep to back yard flocks! Have you looked into your local ordinance and whatever complaint is being made.. to see if they have any validity to their statement/request? Are you NOT meeting a certain requirement like land size, minimum distances, maximum stock density, etc?

What makes a pet flock keeper have the same "rights" as a farmer.. whose livelihood literally depends on keeping their family AND America OR the world fed?? :confused:

It appears as the the RTFA.. varies from state to state. And I didn't even know about it! Thank you for sharing! :highfive:

Hope you get results and please keep us updated! :fl
 

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