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Richmond City Council approves urban chickens

Richmond City Council this evening unanimously passed Ordinance 2013-47 which makes it legal to keep up to 4 female chickens, with a few restrictions (and a $60 annual permit).

Fan District Association President Roger Whitfield was one of two who spoke against the ordinance; there were at least 15 speakers in favor (including a number of Fan residents).

Charles Samuels says: This does not allow the slaughter of any animals. This does not allow chickens in the front yard.

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Jenny Tremblay West
Jenny Tremblay West
7 years ago

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PTG
PTG
7 years ago

On the last post it was listed for a certain size lot, is that still the case? Or can I, with my less-than-a-tenth-of-an-acre lot get me some chickens?

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VbYoginiTc
VbYoginiTc
7 years ago

#Richmond city council approves urban chickens: http://t.co/8oSBeNNkYg. #urbanfarming #RVA

spacecat
spacecat
7 years ago

I am doing a little chickunz dance in celebration.

A $60 license is steep though. Still, it’s a start. I watched the city council meeting on TV, and it was quite an impassioned topic, both from the community and the council members.

Christopher Maxwell
Christopher Maxwell
7 years ago

Why do I only see three comments?

spacecat
spacecat
7 years ago

Any word on the vote in regard to reduction of water bills? I thought that was also up for a vote in tonights session. The base rate was going to drop to $26 instead of $50. Can’t seem to find info on it at the moment.

ProfDoval
ProfDoval
7 years ago

#304csd The chickens have come to roost…in RVA – http://t.co/Wb5G6XmCGv

Jim Daigle
Jim Daigle
7 years ago

What’s with the $60 dollar ANNUAL fee? That’s a half year of eggs from one chicken (if it produces all year round), or 12.5% if you have four (i know someone with 2 and someone with 3) at $4.00/dozen, comparable to free-range organic eggs–but fresher!

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spacecat
spacecat
7 years ago

@#7. Many of the ‘comments’ are Facebook ‘likes’. At the top of the comment section, there are a group of square icons that represent people who have read and liked a parallel feed to this discussion on Facebook.

@#9 Thanks for the clarification.

Corey Lane
Corey Lane
7 years ago

Question: you can only keep up to 4 female chickens, but I thought the VA state minimum was that you had to buy 6 baby chicks. What do we do with the other two?

RelayFoods
RelayFoods
7 years ago

The Richmond city council approved urban chickens: http://t.co/3KNKPRuVPq. #urbanfarming #RVA #local

ShockoeGarden
ShockoeGarden
7 years ago

Richmond City Council approves urban chickens!
http://t.co/rdVvXW18QR http://t.co/tdZpBb7Ahd

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Hilltopper
Hilltopper
7 years ago

Are the chickens allowed to roam free? I’ve walked past one or two homes that had chickens and saw them running around loose in the yard?

PTG
PTG
7 years ago

Is it 15′ from the home, or from the neighbors property? Property would put most of us out of luck.

Trying to sell my wife on the idea. I grew up with chickens, and loved going out on a crisp morning, gathering some eggs, and making breakfast.

PTG
PTG
7 years ago

Fair enough. Now to convince the wife.

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

@13 – take them all, my guess is nobody’s counting. You can always say you got a pregnant one by mistake 😉

Or you could always let them free in Chimbo park. The off leash dogs would solve your problem for you…

SEW
SEW
7 years ago

Alex,

“say you got a pregnant one by mistake ;-)” LOL That’s a hoot!

spacecat
spacecat
7 years ago

@13 Buy a dozen with two other people and split them 3 ways.

@18 I thought Animal Control rounded up all those offleash dogs and sold them to restaurants in England to make up for budgetary shortfalls.:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/uk-news/dog-cat-curry-fears-over-1789118

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Can anyone explain what the purpose of the $60 licensing fee is? Doesn’t seem like the city bears any additional expense if I want to have a chicken. Is that just to sweeten the pot enough that the city will approve this?

edg
edg
7 years ago

how long do chickens live?

spacecat
spacecat
7 years ago

First chicken permit has been filed. And there’s some heavyhandedness in there about dogs vs. chickens. Another reason to leash your dogs, apparently.

I believe the $60 permit is to offset the inspection of the coops by Animal Control. Backyard chickens can live 8-10 years and have been known to get to 20 years.

http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/state-law-prescribes-quick-end-for-dogs-that-kill-chickens/article_2eb3a2d4-d832-5036-a688-b4f6f6a9cd51.html

spacecat
spacecat
7 years ago

A Guide to Owning Chickens in Richmond and sample application:

http://www.timesdispatch.com/richmond-chicken-guide/pdf_a5bd5452-a157-11e2-b0f6-0019bb30f31a.html

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Brian
Brian
3 years ago

If I’m understanding correctly the 15 foot requirement is from your neighbors house not property? My deck and patio are in the back of my property next to my privacy fence. I’m just realizing as the weather warms the odor and excessive flies are because the neighbor’s chickens are just on the other side of the fence. As much as I like the idea of fresh eggs this makes this space unusable. Do I have any legal recourse?

Spacecat
Spacecat
3 years ago

@#20
Have you talked to your neighbors about correcting the problem? Clean coops shouldn’t have a lot of flies.

You can call Richmond Animal Control to have them inspect the coops.

http://www.richmondgov.com/AnimalControl/documents/RACCChickenGuide.pdf

Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
3 years ago

Since there are so many laws on books concerning invasion of personal space, I would think the daily smell, especially prohibiting entertaining outside because of it, would be a legitimate concern? Not to mention the feathers for those who have chicken allergies?

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