Right to Farm in Michigan

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by Brandi Leigh, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Brandi Leigh

    Brandi Leigh Songster

    I live in Marquette Michigan and have been thinking about getting chickens, but I have heard that you cannot have chickens in town. But I have also heard about Michigan having something called the 'Right to Farm Act'. I can understand why they would not want roosters in town but I don't see any harm in keeping 2-4 hens. As long as they are well cared for and cleaned up after. Anyways, I was just curious if anyone knows what the the law really is and if I could legally keep a few hens. Thanx! [​IMG]
  2. americana-lover

    americana-lover Songster

    Apr 13, 2012
    I live in MI too, but the lower end of the mitten, and I have 5 Americans. The law says that we can have chickens, but we just can't start to raise and sell the chickens themselves, so we can't start out own hatchery. I do not remember the rule about roosters, but I wouldn't get one, just because your neighbors might complain about the noise, they're very mean, and if you cant start a farm you don't really need them. Hope I helped!
  3. wingless

    wingless Songster

    Jan 11, 2011
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Yes, an important Right to Farm case was just won in Forsyth Township (very near Marquette). If you PM me with your email address, I am glad to send you a copy of the decision.

    There is also an extensive Right to Farm thread here on BYC; if you have time I recommend starting with the first post in 2012 and reading through what happened in the last year: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...farm-law-what-does-it-mean/1070#post_10142520

    Also, this website has many original documents around Right to Farm in Michigan: http://sustainablefarmpolicy.org

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