1. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know the bits in our city's rules about chickens, but I decided to snoop for anything on rabbits just for the heck of it. Couldn't find doodly except where it said you can't dye them, can't give them away as prizes/to gain trade, or give away any younger than 8 weeks in numbers smaller than 5... other than that nothing so far but I'm still reading... which is how I stumbled across this section...

    Section 7.07 Primary Enclosures

    A person commits an offense if he harbors or maintains an exotic animal unless the animal is confined to a primary enclosure which meets the following minimum construction specifications:

    A. Orders Rheiformes, Struthioniformes, and Casuariiformes: A fence of not less than six feet (6') in height, constructed of not less than eleven and one-half (11½) gauge chain link fence or its strength equivalent.

    B. Family Ailuridae: a cage of not less than nine (9) gauge chain link or its strength equivalent.

    C. Families Protelidae and Viverridae: A cage of not less than eleven and one-half (11½) gauge chain link or its strength equivalent.

    D. Order Primates:
    1. Gibbons, monkeys and other primates: a cage consisting of not less than nine (9) gauge chain link or its strength equivalent.

    E. Elephants, rhinoceros and hippopotamus: a cage of steel bars, masonry block, or its strength equivalent.

    F. Order Marsupialia: a cage consisting of not less than eleven and one-half (11½) gauge chain link or its strength equivalent.

    G. Order Perissodactyla (except rhinoceros) and Order Artiodactyla (except hippopotamus): a fence of not less than eight feet (8') in height, constructed of not less than nine (9) gauge chain link or its strength equivalent.

    H. Order Chiroptera (bats): a cage with no openings that will allow passage of a sphere larger than three-eighths inch (3/8"), excluding the door. Any door to such a cage shall have no openings which will allow passage of a sphere greater than three-eighths inch (3/8"), and shall be kept secured when not in use.

    I. All cages and fences constructed of chain link shall be well braced and securely anchored at ground level and shall utilize metal corners, clamps, ties and braces of equivalent strength to other materials prescribed for cage construction for that order, family or species.

    J. Frames for cages and fences, including corners, braces, top and bottom rails, shall be securely bolted or welded to provide maximum strength.

    K. Cages and fences shall be sufficiently strong to prevent escape.

    L. Cages and fences shall be equipped with locks and locking mechanism to prevent opening by unauthorized persons.

    M. All cages shall be covered at the top to prevent escape. In lieu of this requirement, facilities provided for rhinoceros, elephants, and hippopotami may be constructed at sufficient height and in such a manner to prevent escape.

    I'd love to meet the person responsible for these rules being put into writing... really... hippo, rhino and elephant rules for a city that doesn't even have a zoo? Boggles the mind it does.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I think PM will be needing a Hippo, Rhino & Elephant forum. [​IMG]

    Imp
     
  3. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, they've covered everything.

    As a side note, our town has laws restricting the keeping of rabbits, yet they will adopt them out from different agencies to homes as "house rabbits" even if they don't meet the city's setback laws.
     
  4. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:[​IMG] Have you SEEN the size of those poops?! You need a snowshovel... maybe a forklift.
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Now, now, all you have to do is potty train them to use the compost bin [​IMG]

    Check you zoning uses for rabbits. My city considers them as a small pet the equivalent of a chicken. Fortunately, in the Ag district I do not fall under the general residential use limits, but we are allowed 5 small animals such as chickens, rabbits or similar in all single family residential districts. Not that I have ever had 5 rabbits, but chickens, well, a LOT more than 5.
     
  7. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's what I figured but... there's a section for cats and dogs... there's a section for livestock which specifically does NOT mention rabbits... there's this weird section that includes elephants but again didn't spot rabbits.

    Only mention of rabbits I could find was in the Sale and Care section...


    Section 5.01 Sale and Care of Certain Animals

    A. A person commits an offense if he sells, offers for sale, gives as a prize, barters or displays any living chickens, ducks, goslings, rabbits or hamsters that have been artificially colored or any other fowl or animal which has been dyed, colored or otherwise treated so as to impart to them an artificial color.

    B. A person commits an offense if he sells, offers for sale, gives as a prize, or commercially displays any chick, duckling or gosling younger than four (4) weeks of age.

    C. A person commits an offense if he offers for sale or as a prize, or displays any chick, gosling or duck without providing such animal with a brooder or heating device as necessary to keep such animal in good health.

    D. A person commits an offense if he fails to provide any animal described in this Section with adequate food and water at all times.

    E. A person commits an offense if he sells or delivers live chickens, ducklings, goslings, or rabbits less than eight weeks of age to any person in quantities of less than five (5).

    F. A person commits an offense if a person gives away any live animal as a prize or inducement for the purposes of attracting trade or business

    Which I took to mean no dying them, no selling less than 5 if younger than 8 weeks (a warmth thing like chicks I presume?), no lotteries involving rabbits (or any animal mentioned in this section) and obviously must provide food and water.

    If you get REALLY bored and want to scroll through ALL EIGHTY EIGHT pages of this stuff feel free

    http://www.arlingtontx.gov/citysecretary/pdf/codeofordinances/ANIMChapter.pdf

    So far that's the only mention of rabbits I've found, doesn't mean I just haven't gotten to it yet...


    Edit... just tried using the search bar at the top... duh... for rabbit and even the search only showed this one section... so... what the devil does THAT mean? As long as you obey the care section you can have all you want??
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2010
  8. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] Have you SEEN the size of those poops?! You need a snowshovel... maybe a forklift.

    Think of the awesome garden soil I'd have!
     
  9. desertdarlene

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    Wow, so you can't sell off your ducklings until they're 4 weeks old and at that age, you have to sell at least 5 at a time and provide a brooder or make sure a person had one before selling the ducklings to them?

    I guess that's to prevent the sale of "easter chicks and ducklings" to people.
     
  10. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was thinking it was a warmth thing... just like how the hatcheries have minimums. I always thought those were just the hatchery's own numbers, but might be that there are laws specifying 25 or whatever... but at the local level I guess they figure 5 is enough. Just a bit ironic since roosters are totally banned, so no chicks, but even incubating eggs from elsewhere you're only allowed FOUR in the majority of homes here so you'd be illegal if you buy five AND illegal if you buy four... donno what they were thinking.

    Also... they don't specify 5 of a specific type... so in theory you could buy 2 chicks, 1 duckling, 1 gosling and a rabbit and be okay... like those would all need the same habitat, bedding, feed etc.

    OY, bureacrats.
     

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