Help! Need to find info on if chickens are legal in Lansing MI

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by rockshar, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. rockshar

    rockshar In the Brooder

    Oct 10, 2008
    Lansing Michigan
    Hello all,

    I am new to this forum. I am searching for information on whether or not chickens are legal in lansing mi. Can anyone help me?

    many thanks in advance!!
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2008
  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    I would check your court house or where they keep there laws to check what your laws are. Also there are some websites that have laws listed.
  3. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    Just go to your city hall and ask for a copy of the ordinances governing poultry in Lansing.
  4. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
  5. rockshar

    rockshar In the Brooder

    Oct 10, 2008
    Lansing Michigan
    Thank you all!!! I found the city codes.....saw nothing there either lol So.....I am proceeding with setting up my coop lol
  6. Brokenegg

    Brokenegg In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2008
    NO, No No, Read - Michigans - right to farm Law! Then goggle, Michigan, right to farm,
    Supreme court Decisions !!!
    I have been thru this and won. they told us we couldn't have 6, Now we have Hundreds. Know your rights. you just have to have the intent to sell an egg or two and Practice GAAMPS, even if you live in a trailer park you are a farm. Zoning and ordanances mean nothing, go above thier heads and read the state law. Its that easy.
    Only get your info from state of michigan, web sites, all the cities won't put it on thier sites. or if they do they leave alot out.
    Check out the research page on Destiny farms web site for the Links.
    Take a copy of the law to an attourney and for $50 ask him to translate. You will be suprised.
    also, chicken coops are Agicultural buildings and there fore exempt from any permits.and has no referance to Zoning .
  7. FrChuckW

    FrChuckW Father to all, Dad to none

    Sep 7, 2008
    Louisville, KY
    Each state is different as to agricultural rules and regulations. Also each city can impose restrictions as to the safety and well being of the general populace. Here in Louisville, KY we are allowed to keep 4 non-crowing and one crowing bird on our property.

    Also depending on how the state charter/constitution is written, will determine if the local city government can inact laws that are more restrictive than those of the state. Usually it comes down to case by case situation. [​IMG]

    Also, don't forget to consider your neighbors in your planning. If they are against it, and you go ahead with your plans without consulting them, they can make your life miserable.:thun:thun
    Maybe by offering them some of the extra eggs that your hens produce will make them amenable.

    Where I live in the city, my neighbors don't care, as I have an alleyway on one side of the property, and railroad yards behind me. [​IMG]

    Right now I am in the process of building a new racing loft for my homing pigeons and fantails. Once I get that finished and space cleared for the new coop, I will be building a new coop and then get my chickens. [​IMG][​IMG]:weee ( My neighbors already refer to my house as the zoo)

    But when in doubt about legalities, it is always best to seek correct advice from an attorney.

    Good Luck

    Fr. Chuck

    (30 tanks of tropical fish, 8 English Budgies, 7 American parakeets, 1 Canary, 2+ Ring Neck Doves, 13 pigeons, 6 Miniature Pinchsers ,
    and in the spring Chickens!)
  8. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Okay I am lost when it comes to Michigan farm laws
    I live in Grand Rapids and plan to get 6 illegal chickens
    Is there really a way to do it legal:fl
  9. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    N. West Michigan
    It also depends on LOCAL ordinances!
    If you are out near Waverly/Grand Ledge area, or out near E. Lansing /Okemos-- you are a LOT more likely to be ok than on the Northside.....

    Call your Township Supervisors office-- every Township in Lansing has it's own set of ordinances for noise, pets, landscaping etc...

    Good Luck from an Ex-Waverly-chick!!! [​IMG]
  10. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    My local law says 100 feet from neighbor I may just make that not sure
    I wish they would just change the darn law

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