Newbie...Clarkston MI can I raise chickens?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by luvmy4, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. luvmy4

    luvmy4 New Egg

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    Hi,

    I couldn't find my city but we really want to start raising chickens. Are there any laws we need to be aware of for Clarkston MI? (Other than HOA issues?) We are on 3 acres. If the law permits us to raise chickens, does that over rule local HOA rules? (Not sure it will be a problem with HOA, waiting to hear back)

    Thanks for any help.

    Ren
     
  2. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    HOA usually trumps all. You might save yourself some time and look through their codes/rules first to see if it is outlawed. If it isn't, you then try the city/county.

    You need to look up your parcel # and start there. Once you have that you can check the city/county's ordinance codes to see what zone (R1, AE, etc) you are, and what is allowed there. Then you look through the city/county's ordinance codes (there's usually a search field where you can querry 'fowl, poultry, rooster, chicken, livestock' etc.) to get the exact rules of how many hens per acre, how many ft from residence, etc.

    All of that is easily found via internet search, such as google.
     
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  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Yes, HOAs can be MORE restrictive than zoning or city ordinances. Only if the city ordinance guaranteed a right to have chickens would there be a possible conflict, and then it would depend on the wording.
     
  4. luvmy4

    luvmy4 New Egg

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    Yipee:lol:...it looks like I am allowed by the county....just waiting on the HOA...fingers crossed!
     
  5. dsmith1427

    dsmith1427 New Egg

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    Look up Michigan's Right to Farm Act. I am not a lawyer but it is my understanding this law takes precedence over any local laws. As long as you keep it clean and there are no noise issues, I think you should be ok...
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Unfortunately, HOA covenants/rules are not subject to the Rigt to Farm Act as they are a private contract. Hopefully your HOA is as animal frindly as mine.
     
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