Illegal Chickens??

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by cass1776, Aug 30, 2010.

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  1. cass1776

    cass1776 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 28, 2010
    I Live In A Town Where Chickens Are Legal But Only If You Have An Acre Of Land Or More.i Dont Have That Much I Have A 1/4 Acre Which I Think Is More Than Enough.but According To Town Rules I Cant Which I Think Is Ridiculous. So What Im Wondering Is There Any One Out There That Has The Same Issue?if So Do U Keep Chickens Anyway?because Im Pretty Sure Im Going To Get Them Because I Think The Rule Is Ridiculous,i Have Plenty Of Room ,and Seriously How Much "disturbance" Can Chickens Bring.the Way My House Is Set I Can Keep The Coop And Run Pretty Well Hidden.
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    If the neighbors are okay with you having chickens, you will probably be able to keep some despite the law. Just don't get any roosters, and keep the coop as hidden as possible. [​IMG]

    Good luck! [​IMG]
  3. cass1776

    cass1776 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 28, 2010
    all my neighbors are really cool,there shouldnt be a problem with that one of them is barely ever home.definetly no roosters in my yard...[​IMG]
  4. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    chickengirl3c1c2gp+mf :

    Im sitting in prison right now because i only had 1/2 an acre of land and i chose to buy chickens.

    Ummm... ok [​IMG]

    DO whatever you like, just remember that you are held responsible, make sure its worth the hassle if anything ever happens because of it. Like said before, if your neighbor's are cool with it, they won't bother to complain then you should be ok.

    OR/AND you can go to the town and push to change the law to include anyone. Some laws are older, like the town I live right outside of, where you have to have an acre or more as well. But they are trying to change that so it doesn't matter. On the positive side, if you HAVE an acre here there is NO limit to how many you can have, and you can have roosters.​
  5. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    I have LOTS of chickens, on much less land, and I'm illegal. If you're on good terms with your neighbors, then give it a try. Just remember to share eggs with them. It helps if you have someone in the area who is legal who would be willing to take them for you if it does become an issue.

    As for prison? That sounds like a police department that must really have nothing better to do. Most municipalities may fine you and order you to remove your birds, but that's about it.

    If you think there's a chance of changing your local laws, then I suggest doing that before you get chickens. You know once you get involved in that battle they'll come looking for your birds.

    Good luck!
  6. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    If chickens are outlawed, only outlaws would have them. I'd be looking for a new place to live if you really want to keep them. I wonder what our founding fathers would have thought if they were told they couldn't have chickens? Will
  7. GardenFae

    GardenFae Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2010
    As I already posted in the other thread where you mentioned getting chickens illegally - tread carefully. Depending on your area they may take the chickens, take you into custody, fine you, etc when you're caught (I say when, because it's almost a certainty you'll be caught eventually).

    I assume you know what the punishments are where you live. It's up to you to decide whether that punishment is worth raising chickens. Before you go order chicks I'd do as much as possible to change the laws, though... only after you've tried to approach this legally would I condone illegal activity. At least then you've got a leg to stand on when they come to take your chickens - if you never tried changing the laws, the public will look at you much more harshly than if you tried and were turned down by an unfeeling zoning board!
  8. Danaus29

    Danaus29 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2010
    Another vote from the "don't do it" dept.

    Your current neighbors will not always be your neighbors. And you never know which of them are the 'stab you in the back' type. Try to get the regulations changed first.
  9. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
  10. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine

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