Counting Chickens Before They're Hatched

If the of City of Salem allows you to have chickens in your backyard, will you go out and buy hens? Here's a link to a press release by the city, explaining the restrictions on chicken ownership. Fresh eggs sound great but those rules seem like a lot of coops...um, I mean hoops to jump through to own a few chickens. The next public hearing is May 26th, 6:30p at the Salem City Council Chambers. We'll take your input in the comment section below.

10 comments:

KandN said...

Well, that counts N and I out. Not only is our lot too small by over 2,000 ft, but in order to have a coop 20 ft from every property line, it would have to be attached to the back of the house.

jeff said...

Will there be any penalty for nailing loose chickens on the street?

People are generally polite enough to stop on State St. for the geese when they are crossing (got caught 3 times last Sunday), but for cacklers that can't even get out of their own way?

I doubt it.

KandN said...

I forgot to add - if you don't know the sq footage of your lot and want an easy way to find out, go to zillow.com. Enter your address, then click on "info" in the box that appears on the aerial photo.

'laina said...

Oh that makes me so MAD! I've got a dang double lot and I'm still short by about 1724 sq ft. I'm definitely going to attend that meeting- it feels like they're purposely making it difficult so that people won't want to have chickens, and that's not fair. What is a person with a standard lot supposed to do?

KandN said...

'laina, and then there's the 3 hen limit . . .
Five seems better.

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rooster cogburn said...

I am pro chicken and I vote!!

DCE said...

The minimum lot size is too small. It will rule out many normal city and suburban lots. Plus, a limit of five hens would be better (for the hens) than three.

rlvws said...

Well, if they are truly looking at 10,000 sq ft lots with 20 ft setbacks, then I guess there will be very few chickens in the city and they have flat out schmoozed around and wasted time and money. We wouldn't want to be reasonable about this. . .SIGH!!!

Apone4770 said...

10k sq ft really?? Who has that size of lot inside city limits?? This is supposed to be for RESIDENTIAL lots not out in the country.

http://www.cityofsalem.net/Departments/CommunityDevelopment/Planning/RLSS/Pages/StudyResults.aspx