Legal in city illegal in HOA.

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by joeyg4583, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. Terrible idea

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  2. Doooo itttt!

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  1. joeyg4583

    joeyg4583 Songster

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    Beg for permission or ask for forgiveness? We moved from a house on acreage in Florida to Wisconsin to care for my grandparents. They have passed away and we purchased our forever home. I love it in every way. EXCEPT our HOA does not allow poultry . When i tried to submit our landscaping plans to the president and Vice President they told me they don’t care what I do to the yard (play set/fencing). Our city recently allowed 4 hens per home and my heart ACHES to have some chickens again. I LOVED them and cried when I had to rehome them to move. I am thinking I could have a small (slightly stealthy) coop between garden beds + climbing plants/lattice. My theory is that by the time anyone finds out about them they will see that they aren’t all the trouble people think they are. The vp can be very snooty and was horrified when someone asked to build a shed “in our kind of neighborhood” so I’m sure he will say no if I ask first. Is this a horrible idea?
     

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  2. Chicks 'n ducks

    Chicks 'n ducks Songster

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    I'm confused... your city allows 4 hens but your HOA doesn't? I'm guessing that if your city allows it it would be okay- I say go for it.
     
  3. joeyg4583

    joeyg4583 Songster

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    Yes but the city ordinance specifically says it doesn’t overrule HOAs. This is our covenant.
     

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  4. joeyg4583

    joeyg4583 Songster

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    Here’s our ordinances
     
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  5. joeyg4583

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    Oops
     

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  6. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land Premium Member

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    just do it then
     
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  8. h2oratt

    h2oratt Free Ranging

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    I would not do it. You bought the house with full knowledge they were not allowed. A lot of hens are very loud. I would never buy in a HOA. I don’t like people telling me what I can or cannot do. We may come to the day where we have
    Do be able to grow our own food. If you live in a place like that you will starve.
     
  9. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    This is the issue with choosing to live in places where you are governed by an HOA. Yes, the covenants of the HOA will overrule local ordinance when they are more strict than that ordinance. Stealthy chicken keeping is not something that I would recommend you will face fines fees and possible legal action through your HOA
     
  10. joeyg4583

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    Sadly I searched and searched for another lot to build on. There are literally no non hoa buildable lots in our city. I even had a lengthy talk with the city engineer. My son needs special attention in school and our schools are in the top rankings in the state. So choosing between my sons education and an hoa obv I picked the hoa. :(
     

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