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Model or Ideal Chicken ordinance?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by nyCheesecake, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. nyCheesecake

    nyCheesecake In the Brooder

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    Does anyone have a suggestion or recommendation as to the ideal Chicken Ordinance?

    obviously the ideal ordinance would have no restrictions what so ever, but I need a reasonable compromise for a suburban area (some farms nearby)

    Thank you!!!
     
  2. HighStreetCoop

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  3. nyCheesecake

    nyCheesecake In the Brooder

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    Thanks! That is helpful.

    I've seen some that have less restrictions on the distance between nearby houses/property lines, but then they limit the # of hens allowed. I guess there are trade offs.

    Wish me luck!!
     
  4. HighStreetCoop

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    There has to be some kind of sop to the neighbors I think, either distance or limits on numbers. Otherwise it's a hard sell. And of course all noise and nuisance laws still apply.
     
  5. greggles

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    Thanks for the thoughts on this topic. I'm also curious about what an "ideal" code might look like as well.

    As a proposal, how about:

    • 8 hens are allowed, with another allowed for every 1,000 square feet of land above the minimum lot size.
    • Coop no less than 15 feet from a main building on neighbor's property
    • Coop no less than 5 feet from the property line unless the neighbor has given permission in writing.
    • At least 4 square feet enclosed space per bird
    • At least 10 square feet of space in an outdoor run per bird
    • No permit required, no fee required.
    • Animal slaughter is allowed as long as it is performed by an experienced individual who properly disposes of all waste.
    • Manure must be managed on a weekly basis (though it can be composted or moved off the property)
    • Coop/run location can be anywhere on property that is sufficiently protected from predators.
    • 1 rooster is allowed, although it cannot make noises beyond what the city considers a nuisance.
    • Heating lamps are not allowed (since they are a common cause of fire, people can either go without or use a panel)

    Are there other elements to consider? Does anyone have a favorite code?
     

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