HELP! please read the article that was posted in todays newspaper.

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by davkarben, May 17, 2009.

  1. davkarben

    davkarben Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2009
    Stallings cries foul over ‘urban chickens'
    A mother's request for a zoning change for 3 pet hens prompts concerns of feathered influx in town
    By Marty Minchin
    Special Correspondent
    Posted: Sunday, May. 17, 2009

    The three Walker boys and their chickens: (from left), Anthony, 6; Isaac, 10; and Alec, 9. Mother Neva Walker says she next will apply for a zoning variance to allow the chickens to stay. COURTESY OF NEVA WALKER
    STALLINGS Three pet chickens may have to find a new place to roost after the Stallings Town Council affirmed last week that fowl can't live in neighborhoods.

    In November, Isaac, Alec and Anthony Walker – ages 10, 9 and 6 – petitioned the town to allow them to keep the pet chickens they received at Easter 2008. Neva Walker, their mother, had learned that keeping chickens violated a town ordinance and told them they had to either give up the birds or ask the Town Council to change the rules.

    The council took up the issue last Monday.

    Current town rules require residents to live on lots two acres or larger to keep farm animals. Town planners offered an amended ordinance that would allow chickens on lots about a half-acre or larger. But the town staff did not support the change.

    A small group of residents, most from Curry Place near the Walker home, attended the meeting to protest urban chickens. They said they were worried that an ordinance change would allow chickens in their neighborhood.

    “This is a health hazard,” Joyce Hartis, who lives on Curry Way, told the Town Council. “Chickens are disease-carrying animals. If they're in a coop, the smell will be terrible.”

    She presented the council with a petition of almost 60 signatures from neighbors opposed to urban chickens. She also said that Stallings has had cockfighting problems in the past and that people could get mites from chickens.

    Most towns have rules governing pets and livestock. Nearby Indian Trail, for example, doesn't allow livestock in most residential areas, limiting it to the “rural, single-family residential district” that includes areas with large lots, limited public services or utilities and agricultural activities.

    Council members briefly discussed the issue before voting 5-1 to keep the town's current restrictions. Council member Renee Hartis was the lone dissenting vote.

    “I was very sympathetic to this child having chickens, but I had not thought over all these other aspects,” said council member Barbara Anne Price. “We would be removing protections (town residents) were expecting.”

    Neva Walker aid she and her sons did not know the issue would be discussed Monday and thus did not attend the town meeting. She said Wednesday that her sons still have their four hens and have grown quite attached to them.

    She said she spoke with Stallings officials on Wednesday, and she plans to apply for a variance that would allow her sons to keep the chickens.

    “If we have to, we'll fight again,” Walker said. She asks anyone who would like to support the quest to keep the chickens to e-mail the family at [email protected]. [​IMG]
  2. Polish Chickens

    Polish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2009
    I would be one to help them save their hens
  3. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    That goes for me too! [​IMG]
  4. mac80103

    mac80103 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2009
  5. Bwaaak!

    Bwaaak! Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 29, 2009
    Woodinville, WA
    How sad. I never thought there could be such ignorant people in the United States. ANY animal can be a cause for concern if their pens are not cleaned, poop not taken care of and animal care not followed.

    That pertains to dogs, cats, rabbits, cows, horses, pigs: any live animal. Even people.

    I hope they are vindicated. Its not right that they are found guilty and must prove themselves innocent. Perhaps the Town council should visit the Walker home and see just how loved their pets are.

    Regards Barb
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    The mites that chickens can and do get to not affect people or other mammals. We don't "taste" good.

    Routine nuisance ordinances that cover noise, odors and sanitation would still apply, and are a more appropriate venue for regulation than something that targets a perceived issues rather than a real concern.

    There is a significant difference in housing a few pet hens than in operating a commercial eggery.

    Relatively recent articles from recent newspapers (a Washington Post article was very recent) specifically mentioning the growing popularity of backyard chickens, copies of ordinances from larger cities that allow hens, and a petition signed by other nearby residents, along with information on health issues from credible sources would go a long way towards winning over the council.

    I do believe that the Walkers need to verify whether the chickens were listed on an official agenda that was published ahead of time in accordance with applicable state and local laws. Also, were Hartis and the Curtis Place residents who were in opposition given notice of the meeting that the Walkers were not?
  7. Riven

    Riven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2009
    Central Nebraska
    The mites that chickens can and do get to not affect people or other mammals. We don't "taste" good.

    Hey, I thought "everything tasted like chicken"!?!


    I hope you guys get this all in order, if they just changed it, you need to find out if you are grandfathered in. Don't let this witch take away your rights!

    We're fighting out village in a similar deal with our horses.​

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