maricopa county, az help

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by lizzherrick, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. lizzherrick

    lizzherrick New Egg

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    We have the space, rural R-43 zone. i do have a neighbor that gets into every ones business. Can we have chickens. I have been reading and researching all morning. Not really getting a firm yes or no. any help. thank you
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    As far as I have ever heard, the county has no ordinances other than zoning that would apply to chickens. So uses allowed in your zoning are what you need to check. Farms are allowed, and that includes poultry. (501.2 item 4 of zoning code)
     
  3. Chicken Chicks

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    I live in Maricopa County, ( Buckeye ) in a rural area and have chickens for years out here, no problem. as long as you are zoned for livestock, if you have a problem child living next door you might not want to have a rooster, they make lots of noise early in the morning.Also watch for loose dogs, they will clean out you flock in a hurry ! Even though my place is fenced in the neighbors dog dug under my fence many times and killed my chickens, finally called the sherriff and he said there was nothing they could do because chickens are not considered livestock ! Crazy Huh !

    Good luck with your chickens, they are a blast to have !
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

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    True, only mammals are livestock, but there are leash laws, and dogs are not allowed to be off property and not under the control of their owner. Your chickens have a value, and recovery for damage caused by a dog is not limited to livestock losses. What if the dog chewed your fence apart? Or destroyed your flowerbeds containing newly acquired, expensive plantings? Or attacked your cat or dog? If you are in city limits, call Buckeye police. If in the county, call the sheriff's office again and demand a police report against the neighbor. Document that they did not come or file report the first time you called. If your neighbor will not contain his dog, tell him that you will be calling the pound to report a dangerous animal on the loose the next time you see it out of its yard. If the neighbor will not pay your losses, sue him in small claims court.
     

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