need to vent....

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by laruec, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. laruec

    laruec Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2009
    So, I have 5 hens, and 1 rooster. I have a neighbor that hates my chickens- HATES them.
    I have to give her some credit- I do not have the legal amount of acres to own chickens (I have 1, not 6- required in my town). Because of this, I told her that I was getting chickens, last February. She said she had concerns, but would probably be fine with them. By the way, I live in a rural area, 2 people in the surrounding fields have chickens as well.

    This summer she repeatedly told me how annoying my roosters were. I listened politely, but as that was all she said, didn't offer up anything else(like wanting us to get rid of them, etc). In September, she told my husband and I that if we didn't get rid of the roosters she would call the town. And that we had until spring to get rid of the chickens, because "they smell" (you know, as well as I do, that chickens can smell- but it is not any worse than a farm smell- which did I mention- we are SURROUNDED by farms).

    A week after this occurance, my husband and I got rid of our 4 roosters. In the end of October, one of our hens began crowing. So, we have a rooster. He's loud, and I can see at times, annoying. But he crows most when the neighboring roosters crow back- natural chicken behavior.

    TODAY, my neighbor asked to get her house key back (in past years I have house-sat for her). I brought it over, and before I could leave she attacked me with "I dont' mean to be an a******, but what's up with the rooster?" Of course, she was not being polite at this point anymore, so annoyed as I was, I firmly replied "well, we didn't know he was a rooster until recently". She then accused me of buying a rooster to make her angry, and slap her in the face. I told her that this was unfounded, and untrue, and she really shouldn't assume things. She then informed me that she had reported it to the town, and I had to give her a timeline, or they would come to my house (as I'm sure they will). I said "ok". I turned to go, and she again started with how she never wanted to go this far, but thought that I was really rude by keeping a rooster, etc. I told her I had nothing else to say, and turned to leave. As I'm WALKING HOME- she continued to shout at me across her driveway, that she was going to call the town, and that I was going to be in big trouble.

    I returned every accusation with a firm but polite (not yelling, no cursing, etc) answer. I just am so frustrated right now- I understand where I am in the wrong (having chickens on not enough property)- but her way of dealing with it is just so messed up. I even asked her if she was threatening me, becuase that was how it felt. Of course she just replied with continued accusations that I bought the rooster and that I should have known it was a rooster (this from a woman who lives in the countryside and thinks chickens are gross.)
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    First off: [​IMG]

    Second: Neighbor slap down!

    Take the chickens on vacation, rehome the roo, and when the city is satisfied, bring your girls back. It would be better if you are legal, but I have no interest in being a nosy neighbor busybody [​IMG] Got any good dirt on her? Just kidding [​IMG] Take the higher road and all that....
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2009
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Since you aren't legal, you really can't complain since she's within her rights to report you. She asked that you get rid of the roos, since you didn't I'm sure that upset her.
  4. chris_m90731

    chris_m90731 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    you should bring her some eggs or something. maybe make her one of those 10-egg pound cakes...
  5. dani2

    dani2 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2008
    Sorry to hear this fixing the problem is one thing but it is never fun to live next to a neighbor you dont get along with.
  6. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I agree.
  7. HarlansHollowFarms

    HarlansHollowFarms bana-bhuidseach anns gára

    Jan 16, 2009

    Sorry, no sympathy here if you are not legal.You can rant all you want, but, your neighbour has all the rights.
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:Sorry to hear about your troubles, but that's true. Perhaps you can appeal to the zoning board?
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Quote:Bribing neighbors with eggs, no...what if she gets sick from the cake or eggs? That would make it worse!

    First of all, you HAD roosters and thought what's left behind were girls. One Houndini decided to come out as a boy, decided to take a crow. Well get rid of the rooster, period. I don't know what else to say but give the city a heads up if you should have only girls, no boys. If they say NO chickens, period, then see the ordiances that prohibits having chickens. And read the fine lines under that if any. Look for any clues such as ours, it is unlawful or prohibit to have any kind of poultry UNLESS you are 75 feet away from the neighbors LIVING residences. Not garages or sheds, just living spaces.

    Hope you can keep them but just do what you need to do and be polite and firm to the neighbor, that you are sorry to hear that and let it go. Do your homework as I mentioned above.

    If the city has the no chicken policy, then the neighbor has the right to complain.
  10. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2008
    Dayton Indiana
    I agree that you can't officially complain but good grief, when people are allowed dogs no matter where you live (if you own that is) and they can keep you up all hours of the night and if you LIVE in the country, you need to acclamate to country life (which means livestock and the accompanying smells). Granted, you aren't legal but I have my own opinions on that which aren't popular with people who think they want to live in the country only to find out they didn't really.

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