In the Brooder
- Mar 15, 2009
I have had chickens in my yard, approx 1/2 acre, for a good 20 years and have had no problems. I only keep hens.Last fall, I got a call from the town zoning persons secretary, and was told that there was a complaint, and I was not allowed to keep chickens. I live in warrensburg ny, a small upstate community. I originally think that the law was put in place to keep people from having horses in the town limits,even though there a quite a few that are grandfathered in who still keep horses. Anyway the ordinance lumps all animals as livestock-excluding dogs and cats. I called a small town newspaper and explained to them my situation. The editor came over the house and I told him how I am an organic gardener and the chickens are an integral part of my plan. In addition, I explained how the tainted food supply and recent salmonella cases even further made me want to be more in control of at least part of my food supply.He took pictures of me holding a hen,and we decided not to persue the story untill we saw the way it was going be handled. The zoning inspector came by, and asked why I had not gotten rid of the chickens. I told him that I was not getting rid of them, and if he wished to persue it further, I would have the story printed and start a petition to have the law rescinded. He left, and came back twenty minutes later and told me that if he came back and didnt see any chickens the story would be closed,no questions asked. So thats what happened, yet I feel I should have persued the issue,to right an injustice!!!