Unincorporated DeKalb County Georgia Residents - BYC's are illegal

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by countrycityboy, May 12, 2011.

  1. countrycityboy

    countrycityboy Hatching

    May 12, 2011
    Unincorporated DeKalb County Georgia Residents

    Reaching out to the Forum Members for guidance and support to encourage our Commissioners to get with the green movement and BYC's:

    On Wednesday of May 3, 2011 I received a Code Enforcement Warning Notice that I must remove from my property my 5 laying hens.

    I am perplexed because the City of ATLANTA and the City of DECATUR (which is in the County of DeKalb) do not make this distinction but allow laying hens; but males may not be kept.

    As you would expect my five laying hens know their names, come on command, eat ticks, insects, and help with the composting and garden but appear to be defined as “Livestock” as per a Code Enforcement Warning Notice. We along with our neighbors see them as pets. I have spoken with the officer that taped the citation on my door and she has confirmed that they include Chickens et al as Livestock. However, even she sounded like she thought the whole deal was silly but she has to do her job. She said a complaint came from a neighbor and they claimed we also had Turkeys etc... I know they live at the end of the culsac and have never been to my knowlege in my backyard.

    I am sure in these times where home gardens have become a normal part of one’s food staple, Ordinance DeKalb County 27-733.e must have come up many times. In my research (via the internet) it was a prevalent topic. Ordinance 27-733.e did referred to “livestock”. In review of the technical definition of "livestock": any bird, including a chicken, kept as a pet does not represent livestock because it is not grown and raised and kept to be consumed and is not sold for consumption - therefore it is in the same category as any other pet bird. The arguement apparently has been made and lost. I did find that per the DeKalb code section 196 under Animal control included below that chickens are viewed as Domestic Animals and can be considered tame pets but did not take me anywhere.

    What now... If you live in Unincorporated Dekalb please email or call your County Commissioner in support of them adopting more reasonable intrepretation that would allow Back Yard Chickens. The Commissioners contact information is easily found using a google search for "DeKalb County Georgia Commissioners".

    Thank you in Advance

  2. countrycityboy

    countrycityboy Hatching

    May 12, 2011
    Help by contacting your DeKalb County Commissioner![​IMG]
  3. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    a place
    Sorry to hear about that. I live in the middle of nowhere so we don't have that problem. Good luck with your cause though! Oh, and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] from Georgia!
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I'm rootin for ya! [​IMG]
  5. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    [​IMG] from NY
  6. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Songster

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX
    Welcome to BYC! You have come to the coolest place on the internet for chicken knowledge.

    I started with chickens last summer and the people of BYC have been great. This year I have tried hatching and buying chicks for even more chickeny joy. Please visit my BYC Page for my blog links that you may find informative or amusing.
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Sorry about what you're going through. Good luck [​IMG]

  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
  9. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana

    Good Luck!! [​IMG]
  10. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Hi there! Sorry for your situation; I hope you can get enough support from area residents and enough "ammunition" (not in a LITERAL sense, but in backing up your position with copies of legislation or ordinances that ALLOW chickens!) to resolve this and be able to keep your chickens. Welcome to BYC.

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