The new guy:-)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Buckbeak01, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. Buckbeak01

    Buckbeak01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys! I'm new here. I grew up in a small town in NC and raised Bantams (silver duck wings) and had several larger breeds (Plymouth barred rock and Rhode Island reds) when I was in high school. I had a pet rooster named big red! I loved my chickens. I'm 32 years old now. Got married, moved to a urban area and have two kids. Missing my small town life a lot and wishing I could get hens in my back yard. I live in a development out of the city limits. I have a fenced in back yard. My HOA says I can't have poultry for "commercial use." Can anyone recommend the next best step to find out if it's legal for me to have hens only and a coop in my back yard? Thanks! This site is great!:)
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I have never had to deal with HOA's before however from the sounds of it, if you are only keeping for pets and eating eggs, they are not considered "commercial"? I would first contact your local city hall and find out if keeping hens is legal in your county or town. If so, you might approach your HOA board and tell them of these findings. See if they can't give you some wiggle room if you promise to keep it quiet and clean.

    You might also stop by this section here on BYC on Local Laws and how to get them changed....https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/37/local-chicken-laws-ordinances-and-how-to-change-them

    Good luck and I sure hope you can get some hens soon!!
     
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Oh and love your screen name, Buckbeak, From the Potter series? [​IMG]
     
  4. Buckbeak01

    Buckbeak01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Two Crows! I do love Harry Potter...and chickens have beaks, so thought it was appropriate;-) Thanks for the great advise. I'll keep you posted.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Hope you will be able to have chickens.
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock".

    You've received some good advice from TwoCrows! I hope you can get chickens![​IMG]
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    [​IMG] Glad you have joined us and good luck getting a backyard flock.

    I'm no expert, but if the only ordinance prohibits "for commercial use" then it would seem for pets that would be doable.

    I would suggest you make sure it is not against the city or county ordinances, and talk with your immediate neighbors to see if it is ok with them. Reread the HOA and if it only states against commercial use, then go for it.
     
  10. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    [​IMG]Welocme to BYC!!! It is an aweosme forum (the BEST in the world) and has a great comminity!!! Hope you have a great time and learn A LOT!
     

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