Please can anyone help me ASAP Please help please!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by perfectly_polish, May 17, 2007.

  1. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 1, 2007
    CT
    OKay this is kinda a long story so here goes....

    We lived in a beautiful house with 32 acres and life seemed perfect then we found 2 of our chickens dead one morning so we put a lock on the door the next day the lock was broken...and 2 more chickens were dead. Then the next week these teenages were trespasting on out property and were throwing rocks at our dogs and almost killed one. So we finally moved out, but we didn't have enough time to buy a house, we basically just wanted to get out and fast. So we are renting right now and have been for a year and are in the process of buying a house. We were lucky enough to find a place to rent were we could keep our chickens and dogs. Then today I get the worst phone call ever. Here's how it went...

    Man- Hello

    Me- Hello who is this?

    Man- So I see you got your animals back

    ok so now i'm thinking what does that mean our animals never left...

    Me- Exuse me who is this

    Man- My name is Jay I am from AJL interprises I work for August Lenhart(that's is the man that owns the place I rent)

    Me- Okay so what do you mean "we got our animals back" they were never gone

    Man- You are not suppose to have chickens on the property

    Okay now I am really confused because when we moved in we told then we had chickens, including a rooster and they said that would be no problem...

    Me- We have had them for a year, since we moved in, the landlord said they were okay.

    Man- Well they have to be out by tonight!

    Me- tonight!

    Man- Yes mam tonight

    Me- Let me get back to you

    Hangs up the phone....

    Okay luckily the chickens are still here but I just don't understand when we moved in we told them we had chickens and a rooster and they said no problem. They know we are in the process of buying a house and that we should be out in a month or 2 and now they are telling me I have to get rid of my chickens by tonight! I asked around if someone could hold them for us until we move but all were no's we even offered to pay. And I'm not sure if the local feed store will take them either because most of their pens are full. So I am asking that if anyone, anyone at all lives in CT or around CT and can help us out by "chicken-sitting" our chickens for 1-2 months. We will even pay you and buy the food. Please can someone help me I don't want to loose my babies, I hatched them myself and they mean so much to me. Please help if you can, please.
     
  2. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since it was agreed before you began paying the rent it is a verbal contract and therefore cannot be legally broken. I believe the law is on your side (aslong as keeping chickens is legal in the area). Although it seems as though landlords have the upperhand they do not (in NY anyway). Most laws benefit the renter. I know of people who didn't pay their rent and trashed their rental house and the landlord (my aunt) couldn't legally do anything. She ended up waiting two months before the people finally got out and was then left with a huge mess! She had the security deposit but it hardly covered the damages. I suggest consulting a lawyer just in case. I would keep you birds locked up to precent retaliation and try to find another place as soon as you can. I'm really sorry that you are in a situation like this.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Eviction of you or the chickens takes 30 days in writing by most laws. Don't be intimidated.
     
  4. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    perfectly polish....I am here in CT also. How many hens do you have??? You should also check with local vet hospital, sometimes they will board for you or even a local farm. But if you are stuck, conact me. The hens we could work something out for but the roster might be difficult.
     
  5. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 1, 2007
    CT
    We have 2 hens that are laying and 4 pullets and one cockeral and one pekin duck(that thinks he is a chicken) and the rooster is a polish rooster and he isn't that big, maybe you could keep them penned seperate. But if you could help us at all that would be fantastic! Thank you so much!

    -Sophia in CT
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  6. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    I would call the owner directly. That conversation sounds WAY fishy to me.
     
  7. Rosalind

    Rosalind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Call the landlord directly and ask for this in writing. This sounds completely fishy. I mean, how do you know it isn't a neighbor's buddy, pretending to be your landlord because he's annoyed with the rooster? It could be anyone, is what I'm saying. MissPrissy is right, evictions take at least 30 days and must be submitted in writing--and if you contest the eviction in court, it can take much longer than a month, I've seen it take six months depending on how busy the local sherriff and courthouse are.

    Look up your local pet/livestock laws, anyway. Just so you know.
     
  8. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
    Maine
    On the bad side... verbal agreements are hard to prove. Did you sign a lease? Does it say anything about this (or even about pets?)

    On the good side... I'm sure you'd have to have this "chicken eviction" in writing for it to be legal. And who the heck is this guy, talking for your landlord?

    This entire conversation sounds odd to me, too. I'd also keep your chickens for now, find out the laws about renting in your state, and contact the landlord in the next few days. I know in our state, they have to give you 30 days unless it's about money (like not paying the rent).

    Sorry that you are in this situation! That stinks!!
    My blood pressure went up just reading your post!
     
  9. SkeeredChicken

    SkeeredChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Why move?!?! 32 acres sounds perfect. Have you ever thought about pressing charges against the teens for trying to kill the dogs? I Wouldn't let anybody bully me outta where I live. As for the chickens, you could have called the police and have them document it. That way they can find out who did it.

    I feel like moving out would be too easy on the people that did it. They get off scott free, nothing learned. It's not at all right for them to do this, at any time. They get off free from this, they continue the same pattern the rest of their lives and torture other people. It wont stop with you. I've heard real horror stories about others seriously injuring animals. I just hope these particular people don't ever become like that. It's just completely sad.
     
  10. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2007
    Arkansas
    This whole thing is starting to read fishy to me.
    1. you say you have been out a year, right, that the things with the teens happened over a year ago, Well I can swear I read a thread somewhere recently by a person asking for help and describing that same situation.

    2. I would think anyones first action would be to find out if they can legally have chickens in their area.

    3. If you have been living their a year, you should have a rental contract, read it, if it says no pets thats the end of that.

    4. If you have no rental contract, then the county and city laws are in play.

    5. Landlord can not ask you to do anything that is not stiputlated in a rental contract as long as you are obeying the local ordinances. There only alternative would be to discontinue renting to you.

    6. If they were to chose that and you are on a month to month non-written agreement, then how much notice they would have to give you is dependent upon your local laws.


    Again, the double posting, the fact that I could swear I read a recent post that describes the same situation that was suppose to happen a year ago to you, makes me wonder about the whole thing. Why did I post the answer I did , becuase these type of topics come up many times and the answers tend to be emotional.

    Bottom line is whoever is has local ordinances and contracts on their side will win in most situations.

    Best advice to anyone contemplating haveing chickens as pets is to check with their county , and city and ask them for a copy of any ordinances haveing to do with keeping pets, or chickens. READ THEM YOURSELF. A person at city hall might forget to mention things like coop location requirements, roosters vs hens, or they might think they are not allowed but upon reading you find out they are (thats what happen with me).
     

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