Hello from Salem MA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by wasakat, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. wasakat

    wasakat New Egg

    Mar 21, 2014
    Hi all! My family and I have been keeping chickens in the city of Salem for four years. We're currently embroiled in the drafting of zoning ordinances (which sound pretty reasonable) and permitting regulations (which are insane as currently proposed by the board of health).

    If anyone on this forum has links to data driven articles that can convince our Board of Health that chickens are NOT going to kill everyone via salmonella, toxoplasmosis, or avian flu, please send those articles my way. I'm desperately seeking some good, solid science to counter the many claims that backyard chickens pose serious health threats.
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    BYC has a very useful learning center [​IMG]

    I do believe you need to type your question into the search box for some results as I have seen many a people on here asking the same question and there are many articles on this issue also if you go to your state Trend I am sure there are people in your area with the same problem ......
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    X2 on Gander07's advice.

    I hope you can find some information and convince your city that chickens aren't dirty creatures!
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2014
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I have never had to deal with this so I am not of much help. But I would think you need to do some research on line here and gather up all the info you can on convincing them that chickens pose no health issues to the public and present that to the board.

    You might also stop by this section of our forums, Local Chicken Laws and How To Change Them. You might find some helpful tips here as well....https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/37/local-chicken-laws-ordinances-and-how-to-change-them

    Good luck with this issue. I hope you can get this sorted out and bring a flock home soon!
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    X2 on TwoCrows' advice. Good luck!
  7. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.

    I think people confuse large flocks with backyard chickens. Local wild birds (crows, song birds etc.) are much more likely to spread disease. Small backyard chicken flocks in this country are effectively quarantined so how are they going to spread anything?

    The Board of Health should first propose wiping out ALL wildlife AND pet dogs AND pet cats AND diseased humans (sounds ridiculous right?) before restricting backyard flocks.
  8. wasakat

    wasakat New Egg

    Mar 21, 2014
    Well (are you ready for this) our board of health seems to think that there is a clear threat of the spread of salmonella, toxoplasmosis, and ?? through run-off from back yard chicken runs during rain events. They are also of the opinion that chicken dander can carry these diseases through the air into neighbors yards and/or to passers by on the sidewalk (despite coops being required to be in back yards.) They aren't interested in listening to reason, so I'm hoping they'll listen to science... if I can find anything I can quote, that is.
  9. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY

    i know this is an uphill battle but you should be on the offensive and ask the Board of Health for scientific evidence of their claims. They should present evidence that what they fear has ever happened in the United States with backyard chickens. If they can not, the regulation they are proposing is unreasonable and not needed. There should be some requirements before unreasonable regulations result in "taking" of your personal property rights.

    I found this on the web: http://www.ownerscounsel.com/Eminent-Domain-Condemnation/Property-Rights.shtml

    You may want to talk to a lawyer in your area and see if a lawyer will write a letter to the Board of Health. It may slow them down or make them forget the whole thing.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2014
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Funny they pick on chickens.

    Cats can spread toxoplasmosis to the extent that pregnant women are told to have someone else clean the litter box. I don't see any ordinances against cats running loose (who can catch or count them) and eating rodents which gives them the toxo. Cat scratch fever is no picnic either. Cat's always get off scott free. & so do their owners unless they end up in the news for hoarding hundreds of live and dead cats in their one room house.
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