Help fighting Charles County md to keep well maintained backyard chicken coop in residential neighbo

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by callywall, May 4, 2017.

  1. callywall

    callywall New Egg

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    By law the county allows 1 chicken per .5 acre. I had no idea there was a law and I have my chicken coop with chickens who are truly my pets and I'm extremely upset that i may have to get rid of them. I'm willing to get a lawyer. Can anyone provide any help or guidance. Is this a losing battle?
     
  2. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    Hi Callywall, and welcome to BYC.

    Unfortunately you often cannot have livestock prohibited by zoning ordinances. Changing the laws takes time, but sometimes you can apply for a waiver, depending on the laws where you live.

    Are any of your chickens legal? I guess what I mean is do you have the 0.5 acre required for 1 chicken?
     
  3. christy7981

    christy7981 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is not what it says... it states if you have less than two acres you can have 2 Chickens per acre. Or you have more than two acres you can have 4 Chickens per acre.... Screenshot_20170811-164709.jpg
     
  4. christy7981

    christy7981 Out Of The Brooder

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    So for me. I have three acres so I can have 12 chickens...
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Ordinance appears to be one that imposes particular hardships on those with limited resources.
     
  6. christy7981

    christy7981 Out Of The Brooder

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    My personal opinion is that the ordinance is very fair. I can have 12 Chickens on three acres and 3 large farm animals. Honestly I couldn't imagine living in a subdivision but if I did with yards so close I would hope that my neighbor was as OCD as me with their coops and power washed them twice a week, out fresh bedding with lavendar, rise petals, mint basil etc. Yeap I think its completely fair.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    In some parts owning more than half an acre is beyond the means of many with fixed / minimum wage incomes.
     

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