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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Gina St Joe, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. Gina St Joe

    Gina St Joe Hatching

    Feb 6, 2012
    Hello All,

    I've been around Backyard Chickens for a couple of years (invaluable when I first started out)t and have been raising poultry for a number of years. I started out with two hens kept, I thought, legally in Fort Wayne. I remember there was an ordinance that stated chickens could be kept in a coop no more than 50 ft to the nearest dwelling. I remember measuring off my yard and being relieved to have 4 feet to place a coop in. I never had issues with my neighbors (they loved my two sweet girls). I lived at that time in old FW (near South Side). Anyway, the bug set in and I ended up moving to a rural property in another county. Then, a year ago a job transfer sent me to a slightly larger city south of FW (Louisville). Now, like many progressively, growing cities throughout the US, Urban Homesteading is a big deal in this new city of mine. Chickens and bees are naturally a part of that movement. Legislation encourages backyard Chicken keepers.

    The reason I am interested in FW, per say, is that I still own rental property and have family in the Fort. I really want my tenants to be able to keep chickens if they like, but openly without fear of Fort's archaic laws. Further, with the state of the economy, one never knows where they may end up and the house is paid for. Fort Wayne has very rigid leadership. They are not visionaries by any means. I know because, not only did I grow up there, I worked for the city once upon a time. I am extremely interested in revitalizing Fort Wayne and, if you go by successful models, urban farming has improved countless cities across the US. Fort Wayne needs a push in a BIG way!

    I heard that there is a group dedicated to changing the ordinance in FW? Does any one know about this group and how I can contact them. I would like to join forces with them. I know there are folks pushing the urban gardening thing and are supporters of the backyard chicken group, but I haven't been able to find them. If I can't find them, would any one on here from Fort Wayne be interested in starting a local FW group to get the dumb law changed? I have lots of ammo from KY! ;)


  2. Gina St Joe

    Gina St Joe Hatching

    Feb 6, 2012
    Oh, the years I had my hens there were 2003-2004 (I moved to the country in late 2004), if this helps date the old wording on the law.
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG] , glad you joined in

    Have you checked in the local laws and ordinances thread?
  4. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Looks like you got there! I just went to that section to give you the link and I saw your username.

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

  5. Lady Chickadee

    Lady Chickadee Rocky Top Silkies

    Apr 1, 2011
    Central Kentucky
    [​IMG]from Kentucky!I'm glad you joined us!
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Good luck [​IMG]
  7. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Hi Gina! [​IMG] from S. Florida! Its great to have you here with us! Hope it works out! [​IMG]

  8. greymane

    greymane Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  10. UP Mommy

    UP Mommy Hatching

    Feb 15, 2012
    My family is relocating to Fort Wayne and I am hoping to have a couple of hens for 4-H projects and for the eggs. Are they legal and if not, did you get the information on the grassroots efforts to make them legal?


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