opposing chickens?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by dntd, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. dntd

    dntd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2009
    Did any one have issues regarding people opposing backyard chickens? we have a group that formed that is fighting dirty just because they don't want them, we can legally have them just not in a coop. I'm just so stressed about this, i guess the other side is talking to a radio station like we did, this is just to unreal,why the huge fight?
     
  2. Danaus29

    Danaus29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yes, vehemently opposed! Don't get me started as to the issues I have deal with because of my local bird haters. All I will say is that I have enough ammunition against them to file several lawsuits, perjury, slander, libel, harassment, and others. I lost my fight a month ago and am still dealing with their false reports to county officials. Thank God my kids are over 18, I think they would have called Child Protective Services on me too.

    You have my prayers. Keep your chin up even though it is very difficult. Many days I just wanted to lay down and die. But I came through even though I lost. Revenge is sweet and I have legal non-harassing avenues through which to persue it.
     
  3. hiker125

    hiker125 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, I am a total newbie here and am considering flying under the radar on several fronts. I am tired of paying $3 a dz for "clean" eggs, plus I want to be more self sufficient. Are they any other "illegals" out there?

    My HOA AND city ordiances specifically state that chickens are prohibited. However, I would like to have 3-4 pullets, no roosters and I have a good size back yard that only backs up to one house that can see into part of my yard.

    Do I risk trying to find a quite breed even though everything is clearly stacked against me? Has anyone out there had any experience in Southern Indiana (jeffersonville) dealing with this? I mean- how strict can the city be in enforcing this stuff?
     
  4. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, I am sort of in the same situation as you, in that I sort of "fly under the radar". I am somewhat covered by state Right to Farm Act here, even though there is a local ordinance against them. And, no HOA thank god, the property has been in the family since the 1930's/1940's and we predate that.

    How "strict" the city will be -- if they find out, they will probably take measures to make you get rid of them. So, the key is to NOT let them find out.

    I know that some breeds are quieter than others. I just got 6 Isa Browns this June because they are said to be a quiet breed. In my neighborhood and general region, we have hundreds and hundreds of lakes of all sizes, from little acre ponds to lakes 5 or 6 miles across, so we have an abundance of waterfowl, noisy waterfowl, that roam the neighborhood all year, and the little bit of noise my birds make when laying gets lost in the general bird noise.

    So, if you get them, keep them someplace where NO ONE can see them from the outside, don't tell anyone you have them, keep them clean, keep them quiet, NO ROOSTERS, and you probably will be fine.

    Is there any possibility you keep keep them in a garage inside a coop? That would totally soundproof them from the outside. You would have to rig up ventilation for the summer to keep temps liveable for them, but that can be done.
     
  5. hiker125

    hiker125 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do have a spot in my that is very secluded from my neighbors and no one can see them outside of my yard.

    My only concern is that my daughter's playmates would spill the beans, but maybe if I offer them eggs, I could buy them off. LOL:lau

    I was thinking about getting some Sussex and Delaware pullets.

    Thanks again for the help.
     
  6. Danaus29

    Danaus29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have one neighbor that can see them you need to make an invisible set-up before getting your birds. Plant some sort of screen around the coop and pen and along the portion of your yard the neighbor can see into if at all possible. I found out the person who reported me to zoning was the son in law of my very wonderful and sweet neighbor. The neighbor had no problem with the ducks but after she passed away there was a problem selling her house. The problem was a few cheap fixes that had to be done before it would qualify for an FHA loan. The other son in law didn't want to fix the house so the woman who was going to buy it couldn't. Then the housing market crashed. The house sat unoccupied and unsold for 2 years. In the end, the repairs still had to be made and the house was sold with me having over 50 ducks still on my property. The new owner was very upset that I lost my fight for my birds.

    I would contact your zoning department to see if the zoning enforcement officer or whoever checks for illicit chickens is allowed on your property. They are not here. That is the only reason I still have my also illegal rabbits (all are pets). The rabbits are not visible from any place off my property.
     
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  7. nonseq

    nonseq Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why would rabbits be illegal? ORC has them listed as both pets and livestock. And bunnies are sold in the PET store.
     
  8. Danaus29

    Danaus29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    According to Franklin county zoning enforcement 1 rabbit is a pet, more than one and you are a breeder and they are livestock.
     
  9. nonseq

    nonseq Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is stupid.

    My neighbor behind me had two Akitas, male and female, un-neutered. I asked him once why they weren't spayed/neutered, and he told me that he like to breed them and sell puppies. This was after they chewed up my puppy. Do dog breeders have to be licensed? Or can any idiot throw a couple dogs together and sell the pups? If the latter, that just seems wrong.

    The Akitas died last year or so. Now he has an un-neutered male Pit Bull. Their back gate opens up into my back yard. I have four little kids and two dogs. Nothing against the breed, but un-neutered male dogs tend to be aggressive. Pit Bulls tend to be dog aggressive, and any dog will chase something that runs.

    This makes my DH nervous.
     
  10. Danaus29

    Danaus29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No licensing for dog breeders. A couple down the road had 5 mini pincher b--s and 1 breed dog. Had all the 5 either constanly bred or nursing. Went on for several years. You could smell the dog stench when you walked past their house. The male was mean and tried to attack people because they never kept him in the yard. He did bite a couple people. I called animal control on it when it nearly attacked my son when he walked on the other side of the road past their house. Because of the history they had to have someone else "adopt" their dog so they could get it back. (no rabies vacc, no tags, several previous calls and a couple bites) Then the b---s started dying. They couldn't find cheap replacements so they quit breeding.

    I would definitely be afraid of a pitt bull in the hands of people who have already proven they should not have any dog!

    The people a couple houses away from me have pitt rottweiler mix dogs, 4 of them! Yet I was not allowed to keep my last 4 ducks. It is so unfair. The ducks were quieter, made less mess, made less noise, and never chased people.
     
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