Troubled from WI

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MedfordChick, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. MedfordChick

    MedfordChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I am from WI. My husband, my two sons, and I have had chickens for about a year and a half now. We have three hens, and they are ameraucanas. I found this forum using Google. We have been doing a ton of backyard chicken research because our city has been trying to pass an ordinance banning chickens. The story goes like this:

    We decided to get chickens in the spring of 2009. So, we checked our cities ordinances, and found nothing saying that chickens were prohibited. My husband spoke with a local police officer and was told that as long as they are kept as pets, there would be no problem. So, fast forward, a year and a half goes by. We have a yard sale in July of 2010. The next day, a police officer comes to my door and says someone called in about our chickens. It seems this individual had chickens and was told he had to get rid of them. So, this guy (who was at our yard sale) sees the chickens and calls us on it (his thoughts were along the lines of, "if I can't have them, why should they be allowed to?"). My husband speaks with the police chief, and then the mayor. Finally he goes in front of the city council and pleads our case. The city council makes a motion to draft an ordinance prohibiting fowl in the city. The motion goes through, and an ordinance is drafted. There are two meetings following this, each moving a stop closer to passing the ordinance, with it going through at last night's meeting 5-4. Public outcry over this issue has be immense to say the least. People are very upset about this! I am not going to give up my hens, and we are going to do everything we can to try to change this.

    I am hoping to connect with others who are or were in the same boat to exchange ideas and advice. If it comes down to it, I will move out of Medford to keep our chickens, but that wont change the fact that our city council is ignoring what the people want.

    Anyway, I am excited to have found a forum and look forward to talking to you all. Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011
  2. bella1210

    bella1210 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from ct
     
  3. TheChickenCameFirst

    TheChickenCameFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm sorry to hear your chickens were banned! Sounds like a very unfair situations. My suggestion is to keep fighting it! Do everything you can to research and come up with all the reasons the subject should be brought up again! I personally haven't had this problem, I live in an area where owning chickens and such is rather encouraged. I hope you get to keep your chickens! Good Luck!

    Oh, and welcome to the forum from NH!! If you get your city to allow them again you could be a big help to ppl on here who need encouragement to keep fighting!
     
  4. trbtm134

    trbtm134 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Hello from Michigan. It's too bad that a few people on a city council can make rules against what the rest of the people want. Good luck with your battle.
     
  5. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Move to Chelsea. [​IMG]

    Sounds like there might be enough public support to get things going in favor of chickens in town. Good luck.
     
  6. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    Hello neighbor, well kinda, I'm from Neenah and [​IMG] Keep fighting and have you tried to contact someone from Mad City Chickens, they where able to get chickens in Madison and have a web site to help problems like yours, GOOD LUCK
     
  7. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Greetings from Tucson, AZ and [​IMG] Good luck with your city.
     
  8. GrandmaAnn

    GrandmaAnn Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, welcome!

    Sorry to hear about your trouble at City Hall! So often, people don't understand that chickens can be such great pets. I respect you for your willingness to fight for your birds.
     
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. Good luck [​IMG]
     
  10. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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