Rule interpretation, Kirksville, MO

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by Jua82, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Jua82

    Jua82 Hatching

    Mar 1, 2017
    After a few years of wishing, we were finally going to get chickens this year. Breeds picked, coop design ready, brooder supplies purchased... I was about to set up the brooder so it would be ready when we purchased the chicks in about an hour when I decided to do one last check with city hall.

    We were planning on five hens based on the city code that said that was the limit of animals allowed in the Animals and Fowl section and we have no pets.

    The woman from the city code office directed me to the section on Private Stables that says we have to have at least 20,000 sq ft then we could have 25 chickens for every 10,000 sq ft. Our lot is about 16,000 sq ft. Despite my protest that a small coop is not a stable, because we're 4,000 sq ft from being allowed *50* birds, we can't even have the 5 we had planned on.

    Still not quite convinced, I begrudgingly returned all the unopened chick supplies we'd already purchased.

    So...does anyone have any input or experience? Do you think we have a chance, or do we risk citations for everyday our "illegal" flock is on our property if we proceed?

  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

    Jul 19, 2015
    Eastern Shore, MD
  3. DanversChickens

    DanversChickens In the Brooder

    Jul 9, 2015
    Out in the county
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2017
  4. MrsChickens

    MrsChickens In the Brooder

    Mar 14, 2017
    As more and more city folks are moving to outlying areas creating suburban utopias, this 20,000 sq ft minimum in zoning laws is starting to crop up. There simply doesn't exist a residential yard that size - it's an effective mechanism to ban poultry yet preserve any determination of bias, prejudice or legal challenge. I specifically moved to my community because I wanted to establish an urban farm - vegetable raised gardens, fruit & berry orchard and yes, chickens on my 1/3 acre lot. When I bought the zoning permitted unrestricted poultry. Sometime during the first year I owned my property, the zoning law changed to this ridiculous 20,000 sq ft minimum. At first I started to mount a citizen petition to change the zoning laws to include numbers of chickens on properties larger than the "average" sized property. But lots of people wanted the change, yet none of them wanted to do the necessary work.

    So I changed gears and decided to worry about me and set out to design a garage setup that would handle my chickens. I have a tuck under garage 30 ft long and 14+ ft wide - the door opens to the back of the property. I built a pen that spans the end of my garage measuring 14 ft wide 8ft deep and 6 ft high out of 2x4s and stapled chicken wire. I laid down 8x4 plastic lattice on the concrete with 3/4in plywood on top. I sprinkle diatomaceous earth directly on the plywood and then keep 1-2 in pine shavings as bedding. I use BriteTap nipple water (doesn't drip) w/Rubbermaid round 2 gal cooler along with standard dble wall feeder. On one end I have a sleeping house measuring 28 in wide, 59 in long and 36 in high. with two nesting boxes that poke through the chicken wire making access to egg collection easy outside of the pen. On the opposite end I built a slatted roost that is 40 in high, 18 in deep and 48 in wide that has a slide out shelf to scrape off droppings. Chickens like to roost so 80% of droppings can be collected on the shelf and scraped into the garbage each week. I have two double T8 lights on 15 hr timers. My pen is 112 sq ft less the 11 sq ft sleeping house leaves estimated 100 square feet floor space so I can easily maintain my 9 chickens. Windows on two walls of the pen provide great ventilation and when I'm home I open the garage door. Everyone is happy, no squabbling, feather plucking or fighting. My set up is concealed very functional and works great. I live on a busy street and there are lots of crows, blue jays and misc birds making lots of noise to muffle any noise from my hens.

    Don't give up, just try to figure out a way around those stupid zoning laws.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2017

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