I have readers everywhere but for those of you in the City of Tampa may be surprised to know that in the city you cannot keep chickens... well you can but you would have to own a entire city block (at least 200x200 from any other persons property).. Do you have that much land? The likely story here is you do not most city blocks are 50 x 100 or a variation of that, sometimes smaller. Legally you cannot keep chickens (even though MANY do~ from davis island to forest hills) but what can you do to help??
On Thursday.. APRIL 26th, 2012 @ 9am the Tampa city council will hold a workshop to determine if the current laws on chicken keeping should be rewritten..
Cant make the meeting? Email them HERE.. in fact I think everyone even those not in Tampa should write them a well written email about keeping chickens as pets, chicken smarts, and the joys of keeping chickens.
One of our council members said chickens can never be pets and it was absurd to think they could. Lets all send them pictures of us, our children, other pets... holding, petting, caring for our chickens.
~~~~I want to share a little story about my current situation~~~~
I have 6 hens no roosters, they quietly cluck around happily pecking the ground and have NEVER got out of my fence, the only time they make a little noise is when laying a egg (once every 24 hours)...
My next door neighbor has 3 hens and a rooster.. the rooster crows off and on throughout the day but with my windows closed I cannot hear it and I find the sound actually really cool (though I am sure other neighbors do not and they are currently trying to sell the rooster)..
The neighbors behind my own 2 rottweilers and anytime we walk into our backyard they run to the fence and bark nonstop, snarling, and banging the chain link fence (please mind I have a 3 year old and are scared what would happen if the dog decides to jump that fence)... these same dogs bark all night long when left out, they bark at a bird flying by, a squirrel in a tree, a car in the street...
Now tell me which of these are the worst?
I think the totally legal dogs with their nonstop barking/ yapping/ howling are way more annoying and scary then even the crowing rooster right next door.
Make your own choice and either attend the council meetings or email the crap outta them! :)
I say let the nuisance law kick in for owners who cannot contain their chickens, leave stinky coops or chickens that wake neighbors, dig flower beds... same as it would for the dogs, cats, or other legal birds...
WE THE CITY OF TAMPA WANT OUR CHICKENS TO BE LEGAL!!!!