News Article - Kid Can Keep Chickens

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  1. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    EASTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Froney, Guinevere, Gurley and Mable can stay home to roost -- after the chickens' 10-year-old owner took on the town's zoning board.

    Town officials granted pet status to the four chickens on Tuesday night. Their owners had been told they were keeping illegal livestock, and would have to give them up.

    But Sylvan Lorenz, 10, convinced the Easthampton Zoning Board the birds were not poultry.


    "When we first heard our pets were illegal we were sad, but we decided we would do whatever we could to save our pets," Sylvan told the board. "I want the town of Easthampton to be the best it can be, and not allowing people to love and care for their pets is not helping."

    Sylvan and her 8-year-old brother Finnegan have raised the birds since early this summer when the chicks were a day old.

    Neighbors who had been told they could not raise chickens on their property had turned in the Lorenz family to a zoning enforcement officer. He notified the family that they were in violation of a town zoning bylaw that prohibits poultry or other flocks of farm animals in their zoning district. He ordered them to get rid of the hens.

    But the board said the bylaw was not clear in its definitions.

    "What's a farm animal?" said David Gardner, of the Zoning Board. "Dogs live on farms. Are they farm animals, too? I disagree that a chicken is always a farm animal. I think it can be a pet."

    The board voted 5-0 to allow the chickens to remain, but also voted to limit the number of pet chickens at the home to four.

    "It feels really good," Sylvan said after the hearing. "I learned a lot about the zoning board, too."
     
  2. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    [​IMG] Yay! Go City Chickens!! [​IMG]
     
  3. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    Resistance is futile, our collective plot to take over the world one backyard at a time is WORKING..... [​IMG]
     
  4. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2007
    Massachusetts
    Looks like everyone will be getting chickens now in Easthampton,,,good for that young upcoming chicken lover.[​IMG]
     
  5. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    "What's a farm animal?" said David Gardner, of the Zoning Board. "Dogs live on farms. Are they farm animals, too? I disagree that a chicken is always a farm animal. I think it can be a pet."

    Wow! Somebody on the zoning board with some sense! Maybe all those people having fighting to keep their chickens can show this article to their own zoning board.
    Stephanie​
     
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Hooray!!!!
    That's great news...
    Mine are most certainly pets...spoiled things...
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:hahahaha, that made me LOL.
     

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