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Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by polishchickens111, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. polishchickens111

    polishchickens111 Songster

    Jun 1, 2011
    Over there
    I heard that a young girl got to keep her hens while in violation of a zoning board by insisting that they were pets, not livestock. [​IMG] Might work if you have a small flock, anyone ever try/know someone who tried this?

  2. italianchicksrule

    italianchicksrule In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2010
    I will try if I get caught. I only have 6 little serama hens. It would be worth a try !!!!
  3. mountanaman

    mountanaman In the Brooder

    Feb 28, 2011
    depends on how the ordinance in your municipality is worded. if ti only mentions "livestock" and/or "pets" and doesn't define those terms, then maybe. our town has explicit rules for "poultry" and "chickens", so no amount of arguing would help.
  4. Netherworldtaken

    Netherworldtaken In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2010
    Also if you are trying to get an ordinance changed, being in violation of the ordinance will not endear you to the people making the decisions.
  5. ohiogardener2011

    ohiogardener2011 In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    I am currently challenging the wording of a city ordinance. I claim my chickens are pets. The zoning board says they are not. The law is fuzzy, defining a domestic animal as: "a cat, dog or other small animal commonly kept as household pets...". I don't know about you, but I think that includes chickens.
  6. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    Quote:I have noticed that there is a lot of ambiguity about "pets" in zoning. I think we ALL should start referring to "pet chickens" constantly. Many zoning laws allow things "commonly kept as household pets." Courts tend to look to outside experts, trends, and what is "usual and customary" when deciding these issues. If enough people define chickens as "household pets" then sooner or later courts will start ruling that they are household pets in the eyes of the law.

    If I were you, I'd start gathering as many sources of information that refer to chickens as pets as possible. Print out the website homepage from mypetchicken.com. Find articles about pet chickens. Print out catalogs of pet chicken products like treats, leashes, diapers, etc. Anything that will show that people consider chickens to be pets and treat them the same way they would treat any other pet, say a yorkie or a poodle.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  7. calista

    calista Songster

    Jan 27, 2010
    Denninmi's advice is excellent! Establishing a precedent in your area by getting PET chickens defined as such will go a long way towards your goal.

    And publicity is your friend, whether it be on Facebook, an interview with a local TV station, or a heartfelt plea to The Powers That Be about the trauma your kids would endure if their PET chickens were taken away. After all, no one thinks a kid should lose his/her dog or cat! [​IMG]

    And, of course, being a responsible backyard flock owner with no roosters leaves opponents nothing to complain about, in many cases.

  8. Das_Kluck

    Das_Kluck Hatching

    Jul 22, 2011
    Texas was trying to change the definition of livestock at one point to exclude horses as livestock and to catagorize them as companion animals. If this passes, many horse farms would have lost their agricultural exemption for their property taxes.

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