I need your help.....keep chickens legal in Minnesota

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by ProfTi, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. ProfTi

    ProfTi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    Hi All!

    I have a bit of a situation and I am looking for as much help as I can get. I have a small flock 6 laying chickens in New Brighton, MN. I also have a few babies that I am brooding for other new chicken owners in the area. I am so proud that my city has avoided making many of the these restrictive laws so many people around the country are working to change. We currently don't have laws that regulate chickens, poultry, bees or gardening. All issues that may arise from these activities are currently covered under our nuisance laws that address noise, smell, sanitary concerns and esthetics. Our community believes in the rights of property owners.

    Well, I have a neighbor that for whatever reason decided he hates me and everything I am doing and has submitted a petition to our city council to add ordinances about my chickens, but also my bee's, my gardens, my trellis....I think he just wants an ordinance against me in general! Anyway, he has called the ordinances officers over 100 times to complain. Never, in the dozens of times that the city has been out to investigate, have they found a smell, sanitary or noise concern (I have NO roosters).

    This neighbor has managed to present this petition against backyard farming, that would include possible restrictions on chickens, bees, gardening and greenhouses, to the city council. They are currently researching the issues, no ordiance change has been proposed but they are looking into it. I have contacted all of the city council members and invited them over to my house. One of the things they asked is whether I had people that were willing to support me. I do! I am hoping to flood their emails with as many letters of support as I can to let them know this is a huge issue that has lots of support and is a politcal powder keg for them. To restrict this would go against the tide of people and cities fighting to loosen restrictions. This would be a huge step back in the rights of chicken owners and moving all of us in the wrong direction. It is clear to me that my city council has very little information on backyard chickens and backyard farming.

    Will you help me? Are you willing to take just a quick moment to send a letter of support to my councilman about backyard chickens? My goal is to get a 100 letters of support in the research phase to let them know that moving in this direction is a step back. Anything you can share in the way of personal experience, your ordinances or chicken keeping as a whole would make a whole lot of difference.

    You can send the email to Councilman Paul Jacobsen at [email protected] and add a CC to Dean Lotter, City Manager at [email protected]. You can reference property 715 Forest Dale or Kristie Kellis.
  2. countrycluckin

    countrycluckin Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 24, 2012
    USA- Maine
    Hi Kristie,

    I live in a very rural area that has no restrictions on chickens and I am new to chicken-keeping, so I don't think much of what I would have to say would be taken with a lot of consideration. So, my reply is not specifically in regards to the letter.... it is in reply to the '100 complaints' and the 'dozens of investigations'. At some point, what your neighbor is doing (and what the city is doing by encouraging him) should be considered harassment. Have you discussed this with your local PD? Clearly is it documented, so you have proof that he/she is obsessed and creating a hardship for you by sending investigators to your house on dozens of occasions. I would not tolerate this intrusion.

    Also, for those of us who are interested in sending a letter of support, could you post photos of your yard and the areas that are specific to your neighbors complaints (for example: where everything is in relation to his/her property lines)?

    Last edited: Jun 30, 2012
  3. ericw

    ericw New Egg

    Jul 13, 2012
    Hi Kristie,

    Just looking into the hobby & live in New Brighton. Will send an email to the city for sure! Sent you a PM

  4. ben norman

    ben norman New Egg

    Aug 26, 2013
    Hi Kristi, I'm in new brighton also. I have the same issues with a neighbor also. I signed up for the urban farming task force, but looks like I was rejected. Apparently they decided to only choose people who aren't involved with the issue. I got your address and live very close. Probably give you a visit, not sure if you'll receive this.
  5. dorrisandgloria

    dorrisandgloria New Egg

    Aug 26, 2013
    I have a very similar problem! After nearly two years with my two sweet Buff Orpington girls, my borough has merged with a larger town and adopted its rules. This apparently includes "no farm animals," so they told us we have 30 days to get rid of our Dorris! I have created a petition to fight against this ruling, and I suggest you fight fire with fire for your neighbor! In the meantime, can you please sign this petition and spread the word to help us keep the right to keep our own pet in our own backyard as well? Thank you! :)
  6. hingbretson

    hingbretson New Egg

    Mar 22, 2016
    I live in New Brighton. I didn't have chickens when this issue arose. I called a bunch of them to let them know that I don't have chickens and my neighbors do... but I SUPPORT BACKYARD CHICKENS... and I'm happy to say I cheered when they decided to allow them. And also proud to say I am getting 6 chickens...exciting times! Anyhow... glad you spoke up to support them. Sorry your neighbor is a bummer. Glad you spoke up!
  7. 2oldnow

    2oldnow Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2016
    Hang in there and best of luck!

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