Post # 1
So we have these neighbors who decided to get a chicken coop. They asked the neighbors to the south if they could put the coop on their proerty line. They said no. They asked the people to the north, they said no. Where did they put the coop? On the propertly line that would be closest to a residence – our residence. I’ve outlined our property in red, and the coop in blue. Their property is in yellow. Look at all the other space they could have put this coop, but chose not to! Legally it is not too close. The law said it has to be over 25 feet from a home. Sheesh.
I can hear the chickens even when the windows are closed. We have no chicken police as we’re a tiny town next to a big town. One week last summer it smelled so badly that I dry heaved as soon as I stepped in the back yard. They were spreading RAW chicken manure in their yard thinking it was compost ready. Then turned the sprinklers on. I equated it to a McDonald’s dumpser with rotting corpses inside. Another time they went on vacation for month and low and behold one of the birds was actually blossomed into a rooster! They were gone for a month! Then when they got home, they didn’t do anything for 2 weeks after many complaints from everyone.
There was a mild confrontation that week of the horrid smell last summer. We marched over there and we asked them to please clean up the coop and to please move it as it’s 50 feet from our bedroom window! They got nasty with us and said they aren’t the only chickens in town then something about our WEEDS spreadking on to their lawn. Fiance said, well my weeds don’t wake you up at 5:45am do they? LOL Chickens are legal, but they do have a few too many. Maybe they are all angry and that’s why they are so loud? Again there is no one to really do anything about it. The law said it has to be over 25 feet from a home.
I don’t know. Should we approach them again? Offer to help them move the coop elsewhere?
I’m not anti urban chicken farming. I get my eggs from a guy in town. I just want a little more peace.
Post # 3
It sounds like they may be violating health codes and/or noise ordinances. I’d do research on the noise ordinances in your town (typically they say that pets can’t be making noise that can be heard in a neighboring house during certain hours) and health codes related to spreading chicken feces in the lawn.
Post # 4
You know where you could find a hungy fox? Just kidding! If they realy do have too many you can report them to Animal Control.
Post # 5
Well we don’t have AC. Fiance has been to a town meeting regarding chickens (99% of them were chicken farmers!) and he tried to find a way to get the neighbors. Yet there was no chicken cops to enforce anything.
Besides if they take away 1-2 chickens I don’t think our problem is fixed.
Post # 6
I can’t really tell entirely from your diagram, is it over your property line? Because if it is, I would demand it be removed from my property.
I also think the noise ordinance/health bylaws would be a good avenue to search out.
How obnoxious of your neighbours.
Post # 7
Our town doesn’t have Animal Control either but we live near a big city and we report to the county Animal Control. I’m sure you already looking into it but if you haven’t maybe try contacting the County for help. Otherwise I’d call the police and bust them for noise pollution.
Post # 8
My fis parents have chickens all hens. I think the deal here is that you can have them in a residential area so long as you don’t have a rooster. I would check. Also there might be something in your housing association thing. While fi lives down the road from me he is in a different development. I’m my develpMent you are not allowed to have livestock period .
Post # 9
I have had a problem with a rooster twice before with our neighbors, and called animal control. If you dont have an animal control I would start with calling the cops for the noise disturbance and the smell (I guess if it happens again). This site I also found imformative. Good Luck!! I know it is a pain in the ass to deal with.
Post # 10
I’ll have to see what the noise ordinance is. We just paid a pretty penny for a brand new deck in the back yard!
The rooster is gone however.