Help with Chicken-Keeping City Ordinances
Information provided by Chicken Run Rescue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mary Britton Clouse, Director. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a useful overview of chicken related ordinances in some U.S. cities.
- New York City, NY. Chickens are considered pets under the Health Code.
- Chicago, IL. Can have unlimited number of chickens if use is only for pets
or eggs; cannot have if use is to slaughter
FOUR STEPS TO TAKE IF YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TELLS YOU TO GIVE UP YOUR CHICKENS:
1. Get neighbors who like the chickens or at least support your right to have them as companion animals to sign a petition you can present to your council person.
2. Contact your city council person to introduce yourself as a constituent, educate them and enlist their support in either dealing with the city department that is harasssing you or is proposing an ordinance change.
Send your council person to these sites so they can see that there are a lot of people who consider chickens as much a family member as a dog or cat:
http://www.chickenrunrescue.petfinder.org (we have recued and placed almost
450 chickens as companion animals since 2001)
CHICKEN RUN RESCUE PHOTO CONTEST- photos from all over the world submitted
by people with companion chickens
Invite him/her to come visit your birds and see what delightful creatures they are and how clean and pleasant your accommodations are.
3. Promise to address whatever complaints the neighbor has (ie. keeping the rooster in the house at night or a coop insulated to reduce noise).
4. Contact Backyard Poultry Magazine (email@example.com) and/or your local state Poultry Extension agency to get the name of a backyard chicken club in your area - they are popping up everywhere. They will be eager to assist. I do not endorse these clubs or the magazine because they are all primarily based on exploiting chickens as a food source, but they will be the closest thing to an ally you can find and you need numbers to fight your battle with the city.
Mary Britton Clouse
Chicken Run Rescue
ABOUT CHICKEN RUN RESCUE:
Every year, domestic fowl, mostly chickens, are impounded by Minneapolis Animal Control (MAC). These birds are victims of neglect, abuse and abandonment, sometimes used as a source of eggs or intended for slaughter, fighting or ritual sacrifice. Some are the discarded outcome of "nature
lessons" for children or after a hobby that no longer holds interest. After their release from MAC, Chicken Run provides the birds with temporary shelter and vet care, locates and screens adopters within 90 miles of the
Twin Cities and transports the birds to their new homes. Chicken Run Rescue is the only urban chicken rescue of its kind and depends entirely on
donations and sales of art merchandise to continue helping chickens. There is a special need for rooster homes. Don't breed or buy - Adopt! There are never enough homes for displaced animals.