How to save my hens from HOA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by italian chick, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. italian chick

    italian chick Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2017
    Annapolis, Maryland
    Hi chicken friends,
    I live in Annapolis, Maryland. Legislation was passed in 2012 allowing Annapolis residents to have chickens in their yard for fresh eggs. I have two adorable hens
    (Lola & Tabitha) my HOA has sent me threatening letters to remove both my hens and their coop from my property. Before I applied for my chicken permit, I read through my covenants and nowhere does it state that I am not allowed to have chickens or a coop. Any help or advice in fighting Hoa's would be appreciated.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. You may wish to look at the "local chicken ordinances and how to change them" as there may be some references to HOAs there.

    good luck
  3. italian chick

    italian chick Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2017
    Annapolis, Maryland
    The chicken ordinance states you need approval from all neighbor abutting properties to mine. I have an end unit in a townhouse community. I have only one neighbor who abuts my property. He has signed the approval form and enjoys the hens and their eggs. The other side of my home is a large open space where our storm water management pond is. The HOA is trying to say that they are also my abutting neighbor and I did not get approval from the Board
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Please post on your state thread, maybe BYCERS in your area will rally round to help you present a good case.
  5. italian chick

    italian chick Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2017
    Annapolis, Maryland
    Thanks, good idea I will
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Here's a link to help you find your state thread, per drumstick diva's suggestion:

    Just wondering, do your chickens free range in the area where the pond is or are they confined to a run?

    I've never lived in a placed ruled by an HOA but from what I've read, HOA covenants can take precedence over local city laws. And sometimes the wording on the HOA rules can be hard to decipher (maybe purposely so).

    Good luck, I hope you'll be able to keep your girls.
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, italian chick, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Hope you are successful fighting the powers that be and are allowed to have chickens!!!
  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under italian chick [​IMG] Welcome!

    Sorry, living in Aus, I am not familiar with HOA’s etc. However, I just wanted to wish you the best of luck in fighting this and I so hope that you do not have to part with your girls [​IMG]

    I also hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  9. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Overrun With Chickens

    Don't let them bully you

    Good luck

  10. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2016
    Surrounded by the Amish
    Looks like you've received some good advice. Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

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