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Monday, November 17, 2008

Chicken shit

So, looks like we're getting legal chickens in Durham.

I put the over/under for the first "My neighbors are keeping roosters" complaints at 3 weeks from the effective legalization date. I also put the over/under for resolving that complaint at 2 years.

Please prove me wrong.

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  • C'mon Barry, everybody knows that chickens are notoriously law-abiding. Just watch this video:

    By Blogger Ross Grady, at 8:25 PM  

  • it ain't the chickens i'm thinking about.

    By Blogger Barry, at 8:29 PM  

  • It's all fun and games until someone gets a rooster, which I think they're not supposed to?

    But I bet good money (or raw oysters at Charlies) that someone will soon get a rooster because they don't know any better.

    The City has a hard enough time enforcing ordinances involving "regular" animals. We're gonna add chickens to the mix and hope for the best?

    By Blogger Tony, at 8:58 PM  

  • There's a cock joke in here somewhere...

    By Blogger Brian, at 9:28 PM  

  • I've seen roosters on Trinity Ave. before. In a parking lot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:44 PM  

  • While canvassing, I saw a small group of unfenced chickens and roosters wandering around northeast Durham suburb.

    By Blogger Marsosudiro, at 10:26 PM  

  • i've said hello to a couple of lovely colorful roosters right off Hillsborough while visiting St Francis...

    and saw one tied up unhappily to a railing at an apartment complex on Trinity.

    everyone's point being...they're most definately already around us...

    By Blogger Vera, at 11:07 PM  

  • My former pitbull breeding neighbors would occasionally have a caged rooster dropped off at their place, and he would spend the afternoon on the porch. These folks were almost certainly involved in both dogfighting and cockfighting.

    In 2007, i would also see chickens and the occasional rooster in the 400 block of W. Markham Ave, but i haven't noticed them in over a year.

    The most regular place that i hear roosters in down on Geer St, between Alston Ave. and Avondale Drive. I occasionally take photos there on weekend mornings, and hear roosters crowing pretty much every time i'm there.

    Then there's the chicken story that's been circulating on our neighborhood listserv the past couple of days, as a stray chicken showed up in a neighbor's yard over the weekend.

    Currently, it's considered a zoning violation to keep poultry in your yard in the city. That means you call the Planning Department to report a violation.

    Good luck with that.

    And who will you call to complain about roosters once chickens are legal?

    By Blogger Barry, at 11:30 PM  

  • We have a chicken on upper Norton St. that makes regular appearances despite my pleas on the TP listserv that someone claim it. I would love to eat it but can't catch it as my dog is too old and slow.

    In some municipalities the .410 shotgun is just as legal as BB guns and air rifles, as it's only slightly more deadly to small game. Not sure of the status here, but I'm not going to risk it.

    My neighbors run the Slow Food chapter and love my smoked meats, so if I can get their approval perhaps I'll setup a chicken coop.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:38 AM  

  • I'm pretty sure from reading the article that the issue of slaughtering your chickens at home remains up in the air.

    Maybe i'm wrong about this. Maybe everyone who decides to keep chickens is going to apply for the necessary permits, build the appropriate coops, avoid roosters, and remain otherwise model citizens.

    By Blogger Barry, at 8:25 AM  

  • Oh, who am i kidding.

    This is Durham.

    By Blogger Barry, at 8:26 AM  

  • I can't wait to hear my first rooster crowing at dawn on a summer's day as I try to sleep.

    5 AM reveille?

    So, who's idea was this again to have the chickens come to roost in Durham? Because I need to send that person a card...when the rooster crows, that is.

    By Blogger Tony, at 8:46 AM  

  • Nothing like chickens scratching in the yard to reinforce that third-world image Durham would so like to avoid. Durham does want to avoid a third-world image doesn't it?

    By Blogger NCReader, at 2:29 PM  

  • wow, it's been a while since I've seen so much hyperbole, prejudice, and bad information on this blog (or at least not from multiple sources!).

    First, the proposed ordinance is only to allow hens, not roosters. Roosters will remain just as illegal as they are now. Also, the ordinance has very specific requirements for how the hens are to be contained and cared for. Anything that doesn't meet those guidelines is, again, a violation just as illegal as now.

    Third, most other municipalities in NC already allow urban hen-keeping. I haven't noticed Raleigh or Chapel Hill acquiring a "third-world image" from their local hens.

    I would agree that Durham has a crappy record of enforcement for pretty much everything, and if you want to gripe about lax enforcement of regulations, that's absolutely fine, and a worthy place to put you anger and effort. BUT - don't allow that gripe to interfere with passing regulations that could be beneficial if (when?) proper enforcement occurs.

    By Blogger katuah, at 3:42 PM  

  • As far as i can tell, only one commenter has said anything about something other than enforcement of violations. And that person has shown his idiocy in his other comments as well.

    If a year goes by after the ban on poultry in the yard is lifted without my having to file a single complaint about noise, or chickens wandering loose attracting either stray dogs or foxes, or smell (and don't try to tell me that chicken shit doesn't smell. Any shit not properly tended to smells), i'll be happy to apologize to every chicken owner in town.

    I don't anticipate that happening, though.

    By Blogger Barry, at 3:50 PM  

  • does this mean you're not coming over for a farm fresh frittata?

    By Blogger KeepDurhamDifferent!, at 6:31 PM  

  • Capon stew for me.

    By Blogger Barry, at 6:47 PM  

  • I finally got around to reading the article. By what standard is "the issue of slaughtering your chickens at home...up in the air"?

    I recall this coming up on the PAC2 listserv, and IIRC Sgt. Gunter weighed in that the animal cruelty laws only apply if the animal is being kept as a pet and not as an "agricultural resource" (or whatever byzantine term the state uses).

    Chicken is so cheap (and cleaning them so messy) that I'll probably find them a nice home in the country once they stop laying eggs. But others can wring away.

    By Blogger KeepDurhamDifferent!, at 4:37 PM  

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