Why me????????????????????????????????????????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by radical53, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. radical53

    radical53 In the Brooder

    Jun 5, 2007
    Lake Simcoe, Ontario
    So many of you know i have been asking about info on coops lately and was going to try to build one. So i decided to phone the town to see if chickens were legal to own in my area Bad Idea! i asked and she asked what area i am in and i told her what street i live on and she abruptly answered no! so i *sob *sob said oh and hung up the phone. I live in town but not in a subdivision (about 1 acre lot) and am fustrated about what to do. I also think by how quick the response was that it might be biased (maybe she had chickens before and didn't feed them so the chickens bit her). Has anyone run into this situation before? if so what was the result. Also is there some specific person i should talk to about this?

    Help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. farmgirl2477

    farmgirl2477 Songster

    Apr 2, 2007
    Oviedo, FL
    I would do alittle more checking into things. Dont go on the comment of one person, like you said, it may be her own opinion. Being that you have an acre lot I dont see why you couldnt, but Im cluelsess half the time anyway hehe.

    Unfortunatly thats all the help I can offer. I wouldnt know where look or who to talk to. Lots of people here have run into this problem, hopefully they will chime in and give you more details.

    On another note, you could always just get a couple hens and some chicken diapers and have them as indoor pets. <grin>

    Good luck,
  3. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    I agree with farmgirl, I think I would do a little more research. Not everyone who answers the phone knows what they are talking about.[​IMG] There must be written ordinances for your town. Good luck, keep us posted.
  4. andy

    andy Songster

    May 7, 2007
    sod em!!! get some any way.who do they think they are?.......,the goverment..........
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Do a search online for your town bylaws. You may be able to have X amount of hens but no roos, or something similar..I'd try calling back and ask someone else too.
  6. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    I have chickens illegally and I live in a subdivision on about a 2/3 acre lot. Fortunately, my neighbors don't mind my having chickens. I even have a roo!!! If it turns out you aren't supposed to have chickens, like me, you have 3 choices. 1) Don't get any (bad idea!) 2) Tell your closest neighbors what you want to do and ask if it's okay with them. Better not push it and get a roo. In this case, you risk the chance of them saying no, it's not okay. 3) Build a coop and get a few hens or pullet chicks and just lay low. Is there a place you can put the coop that wouldn't call attention to itself? There are lots of people on BYC who have illegal chickens and get away with it. Only way you're going to get caught is if someone reports you and, if you're on good terms with your neighbors and bribe them with fresh eggs, you're probably good to go! JMHO

  7. radical53

    radical53 In the Brooder

    Jun 5, 2007
    Lake Simcoe, Ontario
    Thanks so far for your support i will be going to the civic center (town hall) and getting a detailed list of by laws.

    Sadly to say my town is not that technologically advanced and all i could find was a summary of bylaws which is:
    there is nothing that addresses chickens unless they are considered "exotic pets".

    I have a lot that is 50ft wide and backs onto a river so i only have 2 neighbors 1 of my neighbors wouldn't care (as they have 2 dogs that barkmadly into the night on occasion. and it is out of sight from the other neighbor:D so if it is true i cannot have chickens i will just bribe my neighbors with eggs and go without them myself for a few weeks (but it will be worth it). Once i read into the bylaws i will know more about my action plan. My hens are going to be spoiled as they will have a waterfront run:D

    I hope i can have chickens legally

    So are chickens exotic pets?

    Thank-you all for your responses so far
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2007
  8. cheapcheap_jeepjeep

    cheapcheap_jeepjeep Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Villa Grove
    exotic pets?????????????? I would think....NOT. I would do some checking then more checking till you get the answer you need and or want.,But I say awww get a few anyway pay the neighbors in eggs to keep them quite. You never know. [​IMG]
  9. radical53

    radical53 In the Brooder

    Jun 5, 2007
    Lake Simcoe, Ontario
    i thought they aren't exotic pets too. Soo maybe there is still hope:D
  10. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Quote:Since she asked what street you live on, I bet she is one of your neighbors and doesn't want "those stinkin' chikens in my neighborhood." [​IMG]

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