Denville NJ Chicken Court

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by bdcunning1, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. bdcunning1

    bdcunning1 In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2013
    Denville NJ
    My wife and I went to court Friday Oct 24th and defended ourselves for 3 hrs against the charge we were farming on less than 5 acres with our 3 pet hens. Its in the Judges hands now and we are waiting for his decision. Are 3 hens farming or house pets? There are many excellent opinions and there is no right answer. I think we have a 50/50 shot at keeping them. House pet is undefined and subjective and therefore unconstitutional however he explained that he is a Municipal Judge and only a Superior Judge can make that call. That would require an appeal which could cost hundreds of dollars for a transcript.
  2. NJChix

    NJChix Hatching

    Aug 9, 2012
    My fingers are crossed. So glad the chickens have you on their side. Keep us posted.
  3. sdm111

    sdm111 Free Ranging

    May 21, 2013
    S. louisiana
    If they say 3 hens is farming they're.........well u know!!!
  4. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Songster

    Aug 28, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    My Coop
    Really depends on how your local laws are written. Generally "house pet" excludes exotic animals and livestock. Best of luck keeping them!
  5. LauraNJ

    LauraNJ In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2013
    What are you zoned? I am in NJ, we are on less than 5 acres but our zoning allows livestock. The right to farm and the tax reduction is 5 acres and a $2500 profit or if less than 5 acres you must show a $54,000. profit. Makes no sense but that is NJ. You can add land from another county/township in NJ and somehow, on paper, combine it with your property so you get over that 5 acre mark. NJ is so restrictive for land uses and the darn pineland protected areas. We found additional land but it either had to stay as wild or only cranberries or blueberries. Very stupid. Good luck in your fight!

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