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Odd Question, Situation... Chickens, Animals, etc.

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by SterlingAcres, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Alright. Some of you know that we recently bought a small farmhouse on 3 acres. I have one direct neighbor across the street. He's a very nice, quiet man. I send baked goods over and he gives us fruit from his orchard. I think it's a good relationship.
    Anyways, I have 5-6 people that live further down the dead end back road that we live on. We had to completely gut this house, since the previous owners trashed it. And I mean trashed it. There was no kitchen at all when we moved in. Needless to say, I've had my hands full. I contacted the 'only' guy that we were told picks up garbage. His rates are ridiculous, so we decided on getting a dumpster. I just had to put away some extra cash. DH hasn't worked any over time lately, so the trash sat awhile longer than I had hoped.
    I was out cutting firewood yesterday and had a car creep by the house twice. I walked out to the road and waited for him to drive by again. He stopped and rolled down the window and I asked if I could help him. He's apparently some township official and says there's been several complaints from the same woman that lives at the end of our road about the trash and the dogs. I only have 2 dogs, they're relatively quiet unless someone pulls into the drive. The guy proceeds to tell me I need a permit to build any buildings (which I didn't, the barn was already here), there's a township code saying I can't have more than 4 animals and that I had to remove the trash or we'd go to magistrate. Jesus. Was that my warning or what? He was very rude, very old and repeated himself several times.
    I called about the dumpster, I need to sign the papers and it will be here on Monday. I moved the dogs from near the driveway to further back near the woods. There's not much I can do about the chicken barn... should I put up a privacy fence or what? I just can't believe it's someone who drives BY the house that's complaining, not the guy that LIVES across the street. That seems like a busy body to me. It's not like I had no intentions of moving the trash. And I am certainly not a pitbull breeder, like the previous owners. My dogs are labrador mixes. And who cares about my chickens!?! They aren't bothering anyone and the cockerels don't even crow yet. Funny, Jake the turkey gobbles all the time, yet no one complained about him (then again, you can't see his cage from the road). They just don't like seeing the chicken run driving by?
    I'm a good neighbor, I wave and smile and talk to everyone that comes by here. I don't understand why this township official was so rude to me.

    I don't even know if I placed this in the right forum section. I just needed to vent and ask advice I guess. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2008
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    I think you need to see the regs for yourself, in writing. I wouldn't take anyone's word for it. And just 4 animals? That doesn't seem right for a rural area to me-I'd definitely find out the law before you do anything. Geez, what a bunch of busybodies.
  3. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    Fountain, Florida
    Sorry to hear your story. Some people just aren't very nice [​IMG] If it is affordable I'd put up the privacy fence that way no one is looking in on you and your animals.
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    See that's what I was thinking. It took us 2 weeks to even find a cable/phone provider because we're 'so rural'... It doesn't seem like I wouldn't be zoned for some sort of 'farm' land. And who are they to say what I can and can't do with my ACREAGE? It's not like I bought a 50x100 lot like in town.
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    The 4 animal rule may be about the dogs. Here in our county 5 dogs is the maximum you can keep without applying for a breeder/kennel permit.
  6. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Maybe it was the bear that complained. HA!!! [​IMG]

    I am so glad my neighbors love my chickens...and my roosters. We are very lucky.

    I would definitely look into the rules for yourself.

    Keep us posted!
  7. derby

    derby Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Boonsboro, MD
    I'm betting you are inheriting complaints about the people who lived there before you. I'm sure that whole thing was aimed at the "pit bull breeding".

  8. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Quote:I think I may be too. The first week we lived here, we had several 'dirty' men drive by yelling the N word at our house. The guys that lived here previously, were African American, bred pitbulls and cane corsos and sold weed out of this house (found the baggies here while cleaning). [​IMG] .... Funny all the bad things they did and the neighbors chose to comment on race instead of yelling 'drug dealer'... Go figure.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2008
  9. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    Here I was thinking I was the only person that bought a house with no kitchen. [​IMG]

    Seriously check your area for regulations. I can't imagine you have anything going on there that you can't have on three acres. I know in my township there don't seem to be any guidelines for animals, or at least nothing that is enforced. However the next township you have to have 3 acres to have a horse. It varies, but like I said I can't imagine chickens on 3 acres would be against rules where you live. Some people have nothing better to do with their time then stir up trouble for others.
  10. Chicky85254

    Chicky85254 Songster

    Sep 22, 2008
    AZ & CA
    Definitely look at the rules/laws. I don't know how to find them but it sounds like there are people on here that know how!

    Just for comparison sake, here's the law/rules where we bought a 1 acre ranchette in Scottsdale Arizona. This is RIGHT in the MIDDLE of a huge city, for goodness sake.

    No roosters allowed. No pigs. You can have any number of poultry, goats, sheep, llamas, donkeys, as long as they are for "personal use". No limit on HORSES either, I was told about a neighbor who had 22 horses on a 1 acre lot!! As long as the manure is cleaned up twice a week, there's nothing that can be done according to the lady who told me...she tried! Again, no boarding, personal use only... I believe there is a limit on dogs and cats, but haven't looked at that.

    Seems pretty weird that in a rural area on 3 acres you'd have a 4 animal total limit.

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