Preparing for the Town Council: Smell complaints?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by justcallmeang, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. justcallmeang

    justcallmeang New Egg

    Mar 2, 2016
    So, I made a post a while back about attempting to change the ordinance that removed the ability to have chickens back in 2010 in Munster, IN. This is a very small town and is quite, um... "uppity". I just spoke to a man from the town and he really didn't give me a lot of hope. Here's what he said:

    The reason why the ordinance was made was:

    1) the smell. He went on an on and on about this... said that if the wind blew in the right direction that the neighborhood would be affected by the coops that weren't kept up

    2) they had roosters (I said, well you can tell people they can't)

    3) the town wants to "progress" and allowing people to have chickens would be sort of going backwards, would it not?

    4) It's all about the quality of life for the town residents and the people who had chickens affected the quality of life of those around them

    Ok... so, give all of that, do you have advice/suggestions about how to refute these things or argue my point? Like I said, he mentioned the smell thing over and over again.
  2. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Flock Master

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    If they want to go on about coops and what they look like and such present them with the option to limit the structure type and size. They do need to be reasonable as chickens cannot live comfortably in tiny houses. Perhaps max size as 32 sq feet so a 4x8 or a 6x6. Coop size would limit how many chickens one could have to about 6. I think that is reasonable. That would also limit the noise and the smell quite effectively.
    Then there is the ever popular "Well what about when they stop laying. WE don't want people butchering them in town!" Have a plan ready to present like taking them to have them processed or the name of a vet that could and would put them down humanely.

    Those are my thoughts on the points you posted and more. I hope it helps.

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