Raising Birds in Frederick County, MD

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by Yankee1, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. Yankee1

    Yankee1 New Egg

    Nov 20, 2012
    Hello Everyone,

    I live in Frederick County, Maryland (just outside of Walkersville). We live in a rural neighborhood. For 28 years I've raised birds on the property, mainly ornamental pheasants. Over the course of 28 years I've never had a complaint from any of our long time neighbors; in fact the neighbors enjoy the birds. I have all of the proper permits, the birds have been tested, and all of the pens are extremely clean.

    2 years ago people moved into the house across from us and have caused nothing but problems for the entire community. They have recently reported my birds (chickens) to the Frederick County Zoning Department. I received a letter ordering me to get rid of the farm animals (chickens).

    Can anyone provide any information on this issue? I did find in the county ordinance where you can have limited agriculture on 3 acres or less as long as the pens are 50 off lot lines, which they are. I'm looking for more information or a prescedent that may help my case.

    Thank you!


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  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
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