Ideas, support, HELP for Elwood, Indiana Chickens laws.

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by Sajaha, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. Sajaha

    Sajaha Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello Indiana people!
    I live in Elwood and our family has had backyard chickens since April 2009. Our chickens have come under threat do to a very unpleasant neighbor. We have NEVER had any complaints about our flock (AND we live right next to a public park!) Our neighbor that is next to us (we only have one neighbor, the other sides of our property are surrounded by a city park) decided to start raising their own chickens this spring. Unfortunately, the neighbor that lives behind them hold a strong grudge against them and decided to leave some messages on the the Building Commissioner's answering machine. They called after hours and left a message stating that they were offended that our neighbors had chickens, and another message stating that there were chickens in the park. (Just FYI - Our neighbor's chickens have never been in the park, we can vouch for that. Their proper doesn't even touch the park. Our chickens have gone threw our fence and into the park maybe a hand full of times, and were in the park next to our fence for maybe a minuet tops until we would herd them back in.) We now have to apply for an ordnance to be able to keep our chickens because it is illegal to keep ANY livestock animals in Elwood city limits. This includes chickens and rabbits! To apply it costs $100 (Of which an outraged person has helped our family with. With out their help we would not be able to apply.), around $20 for a newspaper ad stating that we will be applying, and we will also have to pay $4 for EACH piece of certified mail to be mailed to neighbors withing a 300 foot radius informing them/to get signatures!

    We have always been upfront and honest about having chickens. I have talked to the problem neighbor, asking for their signature and explaining (nicely) that we will be applying for a variance. Anytime there has been a family or individuals in the park that would like to see our chickens we have let them hold them and talked to them about raising chickens.

    Yesterday a reporter from the Elwood Call Leader came over to talk to our neighbors and us about our chickens and urban homesteading. We are trying to get support to have the laws changed in Elwood besides obtaining our variance. If you have any ideas/can help let us know!

    [​IMG] We are currently looking for city ordinances in Madison county where chickens are legal in city limits!!![​IMG]

    Thanks!
    Sarah Jane Hannan

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