Green Bay WI chicken laws (are allowed)

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by HeatherHillary, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. HeatherHillary

    HeatherHillary In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2008
    Portland OR
    I'm from WI, and have many relatives there, and wanted to have the facts when I was talking to my Green Bay relatives. I poured over Brown County and Green Bay's ordinances, and as far as I can see they are allowed.

    Basically 4 or less full grown full-sized chickens (8" or more), or 8 chicks, pullets, or bantam (miniature) breed adult chickens (under 8") are allowed on Residential lots in Green Bay. Roosters would be prohibited under Green Bay noise ordinances.

    see below:

    Green Bay WI Municipal Codes regarding Chickens
    Chapter 8 Public Health and Welfare

    (4) CONSTRUCTION OF ANIMAL STRUCTURES. All stables, coops, yards, pens, or other structures wherein any animal is kept shall be constructed so as to be easily cleaned and kept in good repair. The inside and outside of such structures shall be whitewashed or painted as often as necessary to keep them clean or finished with such material as can be easily cleaned. All such structures shall be kept clean and sanitary and shall not cause any objectionable odor.

    (1) No person, owner, or custodian shall permit any animal (including fowl) to be at large within the City. Any animal shall be deemed to be at large when it is off the premises owned or leased by its owner or custodian unless crated, penned, or under the control of a person able to control the animal by means of a leash of sufficient strength to control the action of the animal, or such other personal attention as will reasonably control the conduct and actions of the animal.
    (2) No person, owner, or custodian shall permit any animal (including fowl) to be left unattended within 5' of a public right-of-way.
    (a) Such public rights-of-way include, but are not limited to, sidewalks, streets, alleys, and parking lots.
    (b) Unattended animals shall include those animals which are crated, penned, or leashed but which are without personal supervision or control sufficient to properly restrain the animal.

    8.07 Rats
    (b) Feed for animals and fowl shall not be left on the ground, on the floor, or left in feed pans, troughs, or other feed containers any longer than necessary to feed the animals or fowl unless such feeder equipment is made inaccessible to rats. For residential and recreational feeding of wild birds, feed should be kept at all times on raised platforms which are inaccessible to rats.

    (1) PURPOSE. The keeping of a large number of birds in a residential district for a considerable period of time detracts from and, in many instances, is detrimental to the healthful and comfortable life for which such areas were created. The keeping of a large number of birds is, therefore, declared to be a public nuisance.
    (a) Bird means any animal in the Class Aves, regardless of age or sex, Sections 8.04 and 8.05, Green Bay Municipal Code, notwithstanding.
    (b) Residential Lot means a parcel of land zoned as residential, occupied or to be occupied by a dwelling, platted or unplatted, and under common ownership. For the purpose of this section, any vacant parcel or parcels adjoining a dwelling and under the same ownership shall constitute one lot.
    (3) NUMBER OF BIRDS LIMITED. Sections 8.04 and 8.05, Green Bay Municipal Code, notwithstanding, no person shall own, harbor, or possess more than four birds greater than 8 inches in height or eight birds less than 8 inches in height on any lot zoned as residential without the prior approval of the City Humane Officer, with right to appeal to the Protection & Welfare Committee; except that a clutch of chicks, or a portion of a clutch, may be kept for not more than eight weeks from birth. If more than one family resides on a residential lot, then only four birds shall be allowed on the residential lot unless prior approval is obtained from the Council. For the purpose of this section, the term “family” shall be defined as one or more persons.
    (4) MANNER OF KEEPING. To the fullest extent applicable, the provisions of Sections 8.06(1)., Green Bay Municipal Code, shall govern the keeping of birds, Sections 8.04 and 8.05, Green Bay Municipal Code, notwithstanding.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2009

  2. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    I have just read from another site that Green Bay as a Poop Law.

    This particular couple just sold all of their show rabbits and equipnment because they were not allowed to bury the poop on their property or use it in their garden.. and the city refuses to let them put it into their trash pick up.

    I found this insane and hard to believe..
  3. Personally if I was up against that poo law.. I think I would get some red worms and feed the rabbit poo to them.. Then it basically makes a soil.. Then use it in my garden.. I have heard that when using the red worms it cuts the smell down from the poo.

    I have no personal experiance with red wigglers.. But thinking about getting them after I do a bit more research..

    Just my thought.. As I have heard of others using them in this way..
  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    If I can help you with anything, just ask, I'm in Neenah [​IMG]
  5. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    my brother does the red wiggler thing. he has containers in his lower basement.. he just uses table scraps and some grass..

    there is not a lot of technology to it.

    I saw a plan once where you put the container of worms directly below the rabbit cages and let gravity feed them..

    I thought of raising fishing worms this way, but never liked the idea of raising rabbits..
  6. Amyable

    Amyable Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Greenleaf, WI can't put poo in the garbage? What are you supposed to do with all the doggie poop in the city?? In Appleton, (Hi there, Buck Creek Chickens! [​IMG] ) we put all the poo from our big GSD in the trash; that's a lot of poo, too.
    I'd just double-bag it and put it in there anyways. Are they going to inspect your trash can before tossing it in the dump truck?
  7. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    I guess you put milk and sugar on it and have it for breakfast..

    I was told that they have poop cops who check out the properties and if they find poop, you get a fine..

    I asked, what if the poop was from wild rabbits >?? was told that was OK because it was natural and minimal..

    I suppose a hundred wild cottontails per square mile poop less than a dozen in a cage in that same square mile..

  8. Amyable

    Amyable Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Greenleaf, WI
    Of course, poop from wild rabbits is natural, but domestic rabbit poop is not. [​IMG]
  9. vermontgal

    vermontgal Songster

    Aside from the poop discussion, the Green Bay laws look pretty good for chickens - one of the few city laws I have seen that explicitly permit free ranging on your own property!
  10. mac80103

    mac80103 In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2009

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