Hello from West Chester,pa.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by smokekiki, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. Hello all,
    I am from the West Chester,Pa area(East Bradford twp). I am wanting to keep 4 hens. Right now it is legal to keep chickens if you meet the following
    : Structures for the housing of poultry or swine shall be at least 300 feet from any property line.

    If you want to keep cows,goats or sheep:

    Side and rear yard setbacks shall be maintained for all structures except that buildings for more than two cows, horses, sheep or goats or similar animals shall be constructed or placed at least 100 feet from any property line.

    Someone went to a meeting in 2012 to try and get the law changed,Upon discussion there was no consensus among the Supervisors to amend the existing regulations at this time.

    One plus, I attended a Backyard chicken class at our local High school. The gentleman giving the class is one the planning commission board for our township. He said, as long as your neighbors don't complain, no one is looking. I plan on talking to the neighbors, I can't see an objections. I know 5 places that have chickens, that don't have the required space, and you can see them from the road!
    The townships on either side of us allow chickens, up to 3 on less than an acre. The Boro of Kennett Square has just passed an ordinance that allows chickens to be kept within 15 feet of the line, as long as they are not in the front yard.

    Anyone on here from East Bradford?
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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

    Good to hear you can keep chickens in your area. It is never easy to get those laws changed! You might want to stop by the PA thread and chat with your chicken neighbors on the laws and such....https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/248345/pennsylvania-unite

    If you have any further questions about keeping chickens, feel free to ask us. You may want to stop by our learning center too for some good articles on all the aspects of keeping chickens....https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
  3. FrankA

    FrankA In the Brooder

    Mar 8, 2015
    Long Island NY
    Welcome! That restriction would be difficult in my subdivision. Our lots are only 100 feet wide. lol.
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.

    IMO, talk with your closest neighbors, if they have no problem with your having a small flock, go for it. And, IMO, a small flock is best housed close to your home so you can more easily tend to their needs and enjoy the experience.

    Feel free to ask questions, we're here to help.

    But it is best to stay in the ordinances. Even the rich and famous have had to move their flocks when they were not in compliance.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock".
  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If you have chickens - be sure to have a plan b incase neighbors bring the posse down on you.
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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