This coming Monday, Ann Arbor's City Council will discuss City Council Member Steve Kunselman's proposal that includes the following details:
- City residents would need a permit to keep poultry.
- Allows up to four hens; no roosters.
- Permits would be granted only to residents of single- or two-family homes.
- Owners are subject to noise laws that can lead to a fine if there's noise that disturbs neighbors between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
- Prohibits chicken slaughter
- Birds would have to be provided with a covered enclosure and be fenced or in that enclosure at all times.
- Chicken coops would have to be 10 feet from any property line and no closer than 40 feet from any residential structure on an adjacent property. (Neighbors could agree to a waiver.)
- Coops and feed would have to be secured to prevent problems with mice or other pests.
This does sound like a reasonable ordinance... I'm just amazed at how little research council members do about backyard chickens. If they would indulge in a little internet research, they'd realize this is a definite movement. It can't be quashed, so they should legislate.
Enjoy your blog! Keep up the good work.
Again, the idea of dictating where coops should be (10 feet from a property line?) isn't reasonable. Our coop is smack up in a corner where 4 properties meet (and at the furthest point from all houses), and our neighbors don't even know we have chickens.
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