Help!! Hopewell says my chickens must go!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by piggaboo, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. piggaboo

    piggaboo Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 11, 2014
    I live in Hopewell Va, and after having my chickens since2011, I was informed by ac that I have too many chickens (17) , law says 4. I did my research before getting the first chick, and at that time, I was told I could have roosters, no limit on # , I only had to provide a fenced area and housing that protected them. Now I'm fighting to keep what I have and only have til this weekend unless the city attorney lengthens the time til I get a definite answer of yes or no. I've had no complaints from any of my neighbors the entire time- it was an off-duty cop looking to rent next door that called in on me!! The ordinance was passed in 2012, a year after I got them. Does anyone know if I can definitely get grandfathered in here- it seems no one at the city can give me a straight answer at this time.... If worst comes to worst, I am only able to cull 1 or 2 per weekend, when my husband is home..we just don't have freezer space for that many at once! Any help is appreciated!!
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! So sorry, hope you are able to figure out a way to keep them, besides the Laws forum TwoCrows linked you to, you might also try posting in your state thread
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Talk to a lawyer - it seems that you should be 'grandfathered' under the old ordinance.
  5. jadeguppy

    jadeguppy Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 28, 2014
    NW Florida
    Are you a union member? If so, many unions include one or two attorney visits per year for free. I'd go that route.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I think you are being bullied into getting rid of them - let HIM find a house elsewhere. It's like people moving in next to an airport and then complaining about the noise.
  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

  8. piggaboo

    piggaboo Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 11, 2014
    Animal control just came by with a summons- I have til 4-7 to get rid of 13 of the 17. They JUST started laying well again! I am fighting this and illness as well- I no longer have the energy to devote to both. I am seriously thinking of selling them ALL. They are all going on 3 yrs old .. Considering $10 ea. Anyone near me want some good hens??
  9. piggaboo

    piggaboo Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 11, 2014
    BTW- the types I have are black giants and black austrolorps , white giants, white brahmas and one each of NH red a partridge hen.
  10. piggaboo

    piggaboo Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 11, 2014
    Thank you for your post, drumstick's true - you'd think the idiot would look elsewhere to live if he didn't like what he saw. I found out he IS moving in. He has already put a bad taste in the mouths of many of his new neighbors. We are going to call his employers if he even farts the wrong way...we are going to make his *** sorry as hell for picking on the little guy. He's gonna get tired of having to face his fellow officers for every dumb thing he does!! I just hope he's month to month instead of a lease, he'll be SO SICK of us all if he has to stay a year....he picked the wrong people this time. And even tho my chickens will be gone, we're not going to let him forget them.

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