I think they belong to my neighbor, the bright blue house on 32nd between Marshall and broad. Their chickens escape pretty frequently!
Were the chickens reunited with their proper habitat? Inquiring minds want to know!
How can there be six chickens when the ordinanace only allows four? Chickens running around and having more than allowed is exactly what members of council were worried about. Hopefully events like this do not get out of hand and ruin it for the rest of us who worked so hard to have chickens in the city.
She actually has 11.
First, I hope they find their way home. Chickens can fly, somewhat. Meaning they can get up into trees to roost and if they can get up that high, can fly over a fence.
Next, someone needs to report this to Animal Control. Eleven chickens in the city! And, not in a coop but on a porch! Can you imagine the smell in the house being attached – or for the neighbors. That is also an issue for the Health Dept. Why so many anyway? I can see if you have a large yard for them to free range and the limited 4 but not when you have neighbors only feet apart. Need them caged.
“The City of Richmond now allows the keeping of up to four (4) hens in all residential areas of the city for residents with the proper permit as issued by the Division of Animal Care & Control.Owners shall provide a suitable coop as well as a fenced pen which must be in the rear of the property and meet all Zoning Division requirements. Chickens must be kept in the pen enclosure at all times and are not allowed to free-range. Chicken owners must either own their property or obtain the written approval of the property owner. Roosters or English Gamecocks are prohibited. For more details click here for an informational brochure.
Permit Application Details:
Residents are advised to contact the Zoning Division at DCDZoningAdministration@Richmondgov.com or by calling (804) 646-6701 to obtain required yard (setback) information prior to applying for the permit.The non-refundable application fee is $60.00 and must be renewed annually.Submission of a site-plan is required with the permit.A background investigation for prior cruelty or neglect violations will be conducted.Applicants are subject to on-site inspection of the Chicken area and coop(s) by an Animal Control Officer prior to issuance of the permit.
Motherfuckers need to be out there cutting grass and y’all wanna get the city out for chickens?
@14 This is not a matter of getting in other people’s business when it spills over into the neighborhood. Plus, beside being a safety issue, there is also a health hazard plus a nuisance. The law is the law.
As for cutting grass… as long as it is lower than 12″ people are fine and doubt they will allow it to get that tall anyway since you could not get a lawn mower to handle it.
City of Richmond Property Maintenance Codes:
Some of the more common items that must be maintained are as follows:
•Remove any accumulated trash or refuse from your yard, sidewalk area and alley.
•Maintain the area from your yard to the center of the alley.
•Cut grass and weeds to less than 12 inches in height.
•Trim any vegetation that protrudes into the alley, sidewalk or public right-of-way.
•Ensure that all vehicles on your property are in operating condition and display current license plates or a current state inspection sticker unless the vehicle is fully enclosed in a garage.
•Ensure that all structures including houses, garages, sheds, walls and fences are structurally sound and in good repair.
•Secure vacant buildings against unauthorized entry.
To report a property maintenance violation or to make a request, please use the Citizens’ Request System.
Stairways, porches, decks, balconies, handrails, and guard rails must be properly anchored and able to safely support a normal weight load. Vacant buildings must be secured against entry pending demolition or repair.
For more detailed information you may view the following documents:
• Guidelines for Property Maintenance Codes in the city of Richmond
•Virginia Maintenance Code
I actually spotted a separate flock of gallivanting chickens (4 of them) near Jefferson Park yesterday. I guess after the rain they were all feeling adventuresome.
Instead of calling the law on this person, why not see if they need help. Maybe they do not have the means to build a chicken coop. Maybe someone gave them 11 chickens.
After all this rain , chickens are doing what comes naturally! All those delicious worms are coming to the surface to keep from drowning and the chickens are having a feast!
@ chicken man, was it necessary to use “foul” (pardon the pun) language to get your point across? What you said didn’t even make any sense. Anyway, as someone who lived next door to people who kept chickens, there are more issues than were addressed above. Noise being a huge one. There were 8 chickens and no roosters and the noise was frequent, sometimes constant, and it was very annoying. We could t keep our windows open while sleeping because they would wake us up. We couldn’t converse, entertain, listen to music or watch TV without having to increase volume levels. Yes, they’re small and cute and maybe if there were only 1 or 2 their noise would be considered adorable cooing, but 4 or more could produce ear piercing noise that could pluck your last nerves and could clearly be heard through closed windows.
@henpecked in CH Perhaps @CHICKEN MAN should have used ‘mothercluckers’ instead?
“little ladies?” Folks, these is Roasting Chickens… first get em fat then wallop the bird pluck and basting follows any recipe.. back in the day a wandering chick would not get far and usually that was no fox in the hen house….. next the un-indoctrinated will be cuddling oppossem. I’m looking for the posted broadside stating: “Chicken Lost may be accompanying Chickens – appearance being a chicken.” I think its nice this was posted by a community spirited neighbor think of basic response supporting the flock owner without intentionally accusing or using the hammer of the law.. A few years back I had a pet skunk escape three times and goodly neighbors responded from even a mile off here in Richmond’s own neighborhoods though the skunk eventually reverted back to the wilds. So long “Kitty.”