Aug 22, 2014

Backyard Chickens, Front Page News. Flock Focus Friday 8/22/14

This week's Flock Focus Friday finds my backyard chickens the subject of front page headlines in the newspaper. I have been fielding many questions and requests for a fuller picture of the five year history of this situation and while the newspaper article hits the basics, there are critical points notably missing, which I have detailed below.
Front Page News refusing to bend to unreasonable government demands

Journal Inquirer Newspaper article details legal battle over backyard chickens
Channel 3 News Report

The town issued permits for all three of our coops on 10/16/12, which were approved by the Zoning Enforcement Officer, Health Department, Building Department and Wetlands Department (after two separate inspections prompted by the neighbor's false complaints of odors, vermin and flies). It bears noting that the only other complaints received by the Zoning Enforcement Officer came by phone and email from Virginia blogger Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily who testified under oath in a defamation lawsuit deposition that she called my town's zoning official and that she views me as a competitor. I'm not sure which character is more tragic, the neighbor or the rotten egg in Virginia. 
Permit for chicken coop with a lovely note from the town employee
Site inspection report from the Wetlands department
Health Department Surprise inspection following neighbor's false complaints
A few important points are missing from the article, most importantly, that the Zoning Enforcement Officer, James Taylor, met with my attorney (Lingenfelter) and the Town Planner, Bill Hawkins and represented that leasing an additional three acres of land would put me in compliance with zoning regulations. Taylor stated that he has authorized horse keepers to lease additional acreage to bring their property into zoning compliance in the past. Months after we leased the land, Taylor refused to honor his representation.
This photo shows the leased land behind our fence (green arrow) which is wetlands and completely unusable.
This photo shows the leased land behind our fence (green arrow) which is wetlands and completely unusable.  
September, 2014: I argued an application to amend the zoning code language to expressly permit hobby farms and backyard chickens. The actual hearing can be seen here.
When the Suffield Zoning Commission denied my language revision proposal, they stated that they would assemble a committee of experts and town residents to draft a regulation to legalize the keeping of backyard chickens in town on properties less than five acres. One year has passed since that promise and the Suffield Zoning Commission has done precisely nothing to revise the zoning code.
The complaining neighbors, Karl and Sarah Stursberg at 493 South Stone Street, West Suffield, have been changing and modifying their weekly complaints to public officials since 2009 when the first Cease & Desist letter was issued to us by the town. We have a signed agreement in the zoning file with the Stursbergs from 2009 that states they have no objection to our hens or roosters provided the roosters are kept in the coop until 7:30 am. The Zoning Enforcement Officer withdrew the 2009 Cease and Desist order with the required filing of that agreement in his office.

For years we went beyond that agreement, keeping the rooster in the basement or garage until 9am. Sarah Stursberg and her daughter have taken a tour of my coop and chicken yard, visited my chickens and enjoyed gifts of dozens of our eggs. At some point the Stursbergs decided that signed agreement no longer suited them and complained to the town again. There have never been any other problems, issues or bad blood between us and the neighbors. 
Seriously?
UPDATE 9/3/14 I have put up with quite a lot of nonsense from the town of Suffield, but today they went TOO FAR. It seems the town hasn’t appreciated your emails and phone calls & are hopeful that you will go away if/when I purchase additional acreage from the adjacent property owner so that they can go back to their quiet, part-time, over-compensated jobs. Today, the zoning enforcement officer had the audacity to contact the owner of the property I am trying to purchase. Regardless of the purpose, how dare he?
I expected intentional interference with the land transaction from the neighbors, the Stursbergs, (yes, they called and wrote to the property owner, begging him not to sell us the acreage) but I am mortified that the zoning officer feels he has any right to insert himself into a land transaction between two private citizens for any purpose. His attorney was similarly shocked and dismayed.
You're Fired!
UPDATE 9/5/14
Attorney and former Suffield First Selectman, Scott Lingenfelter has called upon the current First Selectman to TERMINATE the employment of the Zoning Enforcement Officer, Jim Taylor. Here is a portion of his email: 

"I understand that Jim Taylor has a grudge against the Mormino’s and has had a vendetta against them for some time. His lies and misrepresentations over the course of the last year plus are unacceptable and have cost the Town of Suffield financially, as well as negatively impacted the Town from a public perception standpoint. The actions are now illegal and may put the town in serious jeopardy. If the Town is now interfering with a private transaction, then you need to step up and take charge as First Selectman. This cannot continue. Jim Taylor’s improper conduct cannot continue and he needs to be disciplined. 

I beg of you to show some leadership and stop Mr. Taylor from his continued improper conduct. At this point, nothing short of termination is acceptable. 

I would like a copy of all invoices from Attorney Smith to the Town of Suffield for services rendered related to the Mormino matter, so that we can see what Jim’s actions have cost the town so far.  Sincerely, Scott R. Lingenfelter, Esq."
No justice, NO PEACE!

If you are inclined to write or call any of the players in this pointless drama, they can be reached as follows (all of this information is public record)

Zoning Enforcement officer: Jim Taylor, jtaylor@suffieldtownhall.com  860-668-3848
The town's first selectman, Ed McAnaney, firstselectman@suffieldtownhall.com 860-668-3838
The town's attorney, Paul Smith, 27 S. Main St, Windsor Locks, CT attorneyPaulSmith@hotmail.com 06096, 860-627-0513 
The complaining neighbors are Karl and Sarah Stursberg, 493 South Stone Street, West Suffield, CT 06093 (which was put on the record in the zoning hearing, see video above)
ZONING Commission Members:
Frank Bauchiero Jr, Zoning Comm Chair: 316 North Grand St, West Suffield, CT 06093
John J. Murphy: 371 N. Main St, Suffield, CT 06078
Mark Winne: 585 N Main St, Suffield, CT 06078
Charles Sheehan: 21 Lise Circle, Suffield, CT 06078

 Without my chickens I would have no blog or Facebook page & could not continue to bring you the experiences, photos, information & chicken-related entertainment you have become accustomed to seeing from me. If I have helped you keep chickens or given you a reason to smile on occasion, please consider a donation of any size to "Operation Home to Roost," the proceeds of which will serve to defray the ongoing costs of litigation and fighting this ridiculous game of semantics.
If you would like to help me wage the battle for the right to keep my chickens, a donation of ANY size to defray my legal costs would help. Rachel, Blaze & I thank you in advance for your support in any form!
To donate through Paypal, visit https://www.paypal.com/  & click on the 'Send' tab using my email addy, Kathy@The-Chicken-Chick.com 
No PayPal account is needed to donate with a credit card through that link. 
My mailing address is: PO Box 399, Suffield, CT 06078.
Update 11/20/14:
A $15.00 donation to Birds of a Feather, Operation Home to Roost will purchase a Pink Flamingo, which will stand proudly in my yard as a symbol of solidarity in support of the right of all to keep backyard chickens in spite of governmental ignorance, stupidity, interference and/or oppression!  Click HERE to donate!

The addition of text is optional. Add a short shout-out, your state, your name or message to the world & it will be hand-written in permanent marker on your flamingo! 

Our chicken yard.
Our chicken yard.
This is our chicken yard.
Questions about the character of my yard, neighborhood and town are answered with this link to Google Street Maps where you can literally drive around and see my property (it has the kids' white playhouse/swing set in the backyard) and the complaining neighbor's house to the right of it. Drive down the street and around town to check out all the farms, horses and chickens!
Our chicken yard.
Our chicken yard.
THE END OF THE LAWSUIT
On November 12, 2014, we purchased three acres of completely USELESS wetlands (with the funds raised from selling pink flamingos) from a very reluctant property owner who had not been the least bit interested in selling the land. The additional 3 acres qualified our property to be classified as a farm, upon which we can now keep any and all animals we'd like. We can have a herd of cattle, a horse ranch, even a rooster sanctuary if we wish! The insanity of this exercise in municipal futility is that we STILL only use ~1/4 acre of our 2 acres of usable land for keeping chickens. NOTHING has changed about the character, size or fitness of our property for keeping chickens.
In February, 2015, the town of Suffield Withdrew their lawsuit against us and issued the following apology letter, which I demanded as part of the settlement agreement.
Apology letter from Suffield, Ct Zoning enforcement officer, James R. Taylor
Town of Suffield, Connecticut withdrawal of lawsuit vs the Morminos
The question isn't who is going to let me, it's who is going to stop me.

1,200 comments :

  1. My girls would love a Grandpa's feeder!

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  2. Barbara Sherman8/22/14, 9:03 PM

    I would love to win this.

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  3. CrittersMama8/22/14, 9:04 PM

    Can use all the help I can get with my flock! :)

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  4. Teri Romine-Seitz8/22/14, 9:06 PM

    Woot! Congratulations!

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  5. Good luck Kathy! Your flock is so lucky to have you! I only have 10 and it feels like a have a part time job taking care of them! Happy birds happy eggs!

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  6. Please please please choose me!

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  7. dorris wittman8/22/14, 9:09 PM

    Would love to get this 4 my chickens. .

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  8. Dawn Anne Frederick8/22/14, 9:10 PM

    So sorry about all the problems you have had, just trying to have and enjoy your chickens. I would love to win the grandpa's feeder for my girls!! Thanks for all of your invaluable info and wisdom you share with us!!

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  9. Love the idea of this feeder! (And congrats on the zoning win!)

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  10. I would so love to win this, especially after reading that the wild birds are not helping with my fluffy btut girls' lice and mite problems. I have to move my girls feed every day in an attempt to confuse the wild birds.

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  11. awesome really want one of these and wish you total victory in your battle <3

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  12. I am rooting for you and all of your chickens! I can't imagine how stressful it must be right now. Thanks for all of your hard work in providing the information to us!

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  13. Heidi Placanico8/22/14, 9:13 PM

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you!
    Keep up the good fight

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  14. germanirene8/22/14, 9:14 PM

    My girls would really love this feeder!

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  15. Carol Morgan Doan8/22/14, 9:14 PM

    Making chicken keeping easier..thanks!

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  16. Bacon the chicken who has completely recovered from the dog attack really want me to win something

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  17. Jennifer Flowers8/22/14, 9:16 PM

    I would love to win this one. Good luck with your battle, you have us behind you all the way. P.S. your home is beautifully kept and wish I had you for a neighbor :)

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  18. Nice feeder. My girls would enjoy eating out of it when they are bigger.

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  19. Margo Seely Giunta8/22/14, 9:17 PM

    I was just looking up a DIY treadle feeder when this popped up! Thanks!

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  20. Keep on fighting the good fight Kathy!

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  21. Heidi Moore8/22/14, 9:19 PM

    I would love one of these feeders

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  22. Barbara Bogan Bealer8/22/14, 9:19 PM

    The Grandpa's Feeder would be a wonderful addition to my coop. It looks like it would really work great!

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  23. Jen Westenberg Kingfisher8/22/14, 9:21 PM

    So sorry about the lawsuit! What a drag! I'd love the feeder, thanks for the opportunity!

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  24. Kathy good luck !

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  25. Quent Burris8/22/14, 9:22 PM

    Would love to have one of these!!

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  26. Mystik'l Bullmastiffs8/22/14, 9:22 PM

    Wish I could have sent more but snd a small donation to help. Hope I win something one day but love your blog regardless Thanks so much for all you share. I hope your problem is resolved to your satisfaction

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  27. Best of luck in your battle, Kathy. If I can come up with any spare money in will try to help you out too!

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  28. Thanks for the update on your farm situation!

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  29. Lacey McCulloch8/22/14, 9:23 PM

    Good luck!

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  30. Valerie McNaught Rogers8/22/14, 9:25 PM

    This would be really nice addition

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  31. Jacqueline Ann Osborn8/22/14, 9:27 PM

    Love that grandpa feeder! And I have to say that though I don't personally know you, I am so proud of what you are doing for backyard chicken lovers. You are making a difference.

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  32. Alan Thomas8/22/14, 9:27 PM

    Would love to have one thanks for the chance to win one Hope all goes your way with your neighbor

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  33. This would be my chicken coop accessory dream come true!

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  34. So sorry Kathy. Can't believe the nerve of people. I appreciate your blog so much. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

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  35. Brandy Keyes8/22/14, 9:28 PM

    I would so love to have this feeder. And about the neighbors.....what is wrong with some people?!

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  36. Eileen Johnston8/22/14, 9:31 PM

    Oh my babies would love this feeder!

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  37. Lauren Finnerty8/22/14, 9:31 PM

    These feeders look great. My 19 bantam chicks are really making a mess of their food. (Also, I love your blog.)

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  38. I have a very similar labs set up here at my home, when 4 of my 12 "hens" decided they were roosters I was scared to death that my neighbors would have a fit, seeing that we have only moved here a few months ago. We relocated the roosters and give out eggs every few weeks and luckily no complaints. Keep fighting, I don't think I've seen a nicer chicken area anywhere. Good luck, abd keep us posted!

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  39. Michele Rutter8/22/14, 9:36 PM

    Would love a Grandpa's Feeder!

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  40. Great giveaways aside, I have learned so much from your blog and I can't express how much I appreciate what you do. I'm sorry that you are having to go through all this "stuff" to keep your chickens. Keep up the good fight.

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  41. I have learned so much from your site and I thank you!!!!!!!!! Stand firm and keep up the fight and I pray you will have VICTORY!!!

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  42. My girls would love one!

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  43. Sharon Fildes8/22/14, 9:39 PM

    I would love to win this feeder. More importantly at the end of the month I will be happy to donate money. I'm going to send a letter to the Zoning Enforcement officer and I'm thinking of sending a nice note to your neighbor. It will be a positive note. I can't imagine living without my chickens.

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  44. I SO need this feeder! The chicks are heading to the big coop next weekend!

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  45. Bethany Twitchel Harlan8/22/14, 9:43 PM

    My chickens could sure use that Grandpa's Feeder!
    And please hang in there with your chicken case. You are such an important example and teacher for all of us backyard chicken owners!

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  46. I would love one of Grandpa's feeders! Anything to help save money! Especially now that I have nine new additions to my flock!!
    I'm intriqued with your plight...I wish I could fix it for you! It sounds like you'll be in good shape if the sale of the additional acreage ever comes through! Best of luck! I'll certainly pray for a quick and positive resolution for you and your peeps. :)

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  47. Claudia Merkel8/22/14, 9:44 PM

    I would love to try this!

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  48. Cyn Van Antwerp8/22/14, 9:45 PM

    I would love to have a Grandpa;s Feeder. I would also like your crazy neighbors to leave you alone so we can enjoy receiving chicken advice and viewing the beautiful photos of your chickens and your spotlessly clean property.

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  49. Gale Lanning Conner8/22/14, 9:46 PM

    I think what is being done to you and your chickens is beyond criminal. Hoping you win your case!!

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  50. Catherine King8/22/14, 9:47 PM

    The Ladies would love The Grandpa's Feeder. And you keep up the fight to keep your Ladies with you.

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  51. Kimberley Townsend8/22/14, 9:49 PM

    My chickens found a mouse and helped themselves.......I think this would come in handy for my girls.Keep on fighting......going to send you war funds and unlike that "rotten egg" on FB.

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  52. joysbokboks8/22/14, 9:49 PM

    I would love to win that. Maybe I wont be feeding more blue jays and squirrels than chickens!!!

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  53. Averys Crazies8/22/14, 9:49 PM

    This would be awesome! Please, please, please.....

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  54. Becky Russell Hall8/22/14, 9:51 PM

    I would love to have one!

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  55. I wish you all the luck I can for the defense of your right to raise your chickens.

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  56. Would love to have this feeder. Hope all goes well with you trying to keep your wonderful chickens.

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  57. It's disgusting how you are being treated. I am so sorry! We are praying for you.

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  58. Thank you for the update! Yayyy for the Grandpa Feeder!

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  59. I battled with a neighbor for 4-1/2 years, not about chickens (we are zoned ag/residential so they can't do anything about that) so he repeatedly called Animal Control and alleged that my dog barks incessantly. Been to court twice, he didn't show up so they dismissed it, then he immediately started calling Animal Control again. Finally got lawyer and settled but it's not over yet, I still have to appear in October on an outstanding ticket. I sympathize Kathy, I know what you're going through. We are all rooting for you, girl! P.S. would love to win that feeder!

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  60. Jayne-Anne Shea8/22/14, 10:01 PM

    This would be so great to have for our grills.

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  61. This is all so ridiculous. You have the nicest looking chicken yard I've ever seen. What more do they want? Good luck! And thank you for another great opportunity!

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  62. Kathy Jefferies8/22/14, 10:03 PM

    my girls would love to have this feeder. praying for a victory for you Kathy. You do so much good and help so many people with their chickens. You have such an incredible amount of knowledge to share. Thank you for all your help.

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  63. Rachel Johnson8/22/14, 10:03 PM

    I'm reading these about these legal processes you have had to go through and just find it crazy, ludicrous! ...I guess your neighbors are just jealous. Thanks for your blog and great info I have used time and time again.

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  64. Very nice feeder! Sooo sorry to hear you're dealing with legal battles. It's sad to see people who misunderstand chickens so much, and even worse to have problems with neighbors. Keep fighting for us all!

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  65. I appreciate your support, Sharon. Don't worry about $, the moral support is more than enough. ♥

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  66. Love the Grandpa's feeder! I hope you get to keep your wonderful chickens! I would fight to the end to keep mine, they saved my sanity, and you give me so much info to keep them healthy and happy!!!

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  67. Renee Mendola8/22/14, 10:08 PM

    I need, need, need the Grandpa's Feeder!!! It would make my girls (and guy) so happy!!

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  68. Thank you Jacqueline. That means a lot to me. ♥

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  69. No worries, Kathy. I appreciate your moral support- that's enough for me. ♥

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  70. Keep up the good fight, I just know you will prevail! Thanks for all you do for you fellow Chickenista's :-)
    Thanks for this giveaway opportunity.

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  71. Thank you for your support, I appreciate it. ♥

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  72. Our chickens: Buffy, Henny Penny, Rosebud, Amy, Bella and Stella want to say... "Please Chicken Chick... Help us NOT to get in TROUBLE with our food with Mummy anymore. Sparrows and Finches are birds too!! But she doesn't understand.... As we walk around and say "Try this... go on!! Try this crumble!! Mom has more!! Mummy says This contraption will keep us Honest!! Pick Us!! Pick Us!! We want to be GOOD birds. The End."

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  73. Jerry Schaefer8/22/14, 10:10 PM

    That would be great for my young birds!!!!! And sorry to here about your struggles, stay strong!!!!

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  74. Bunnie Brand8/22/14, 10:11 PM

    We have so many rodents that I could really use a feeder like this

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  75. sure would be nice to win this...good luck kathy

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  76. I love these feeders! I will cross my fingers again, hoping to win one! They are just so awesome! thanks for the chance.

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  77. Jennifer Whitwell Pugh8/22/14, 10:13 PM

    What a sweet feeder! So glad that I live in country where only family are the neighbor! Praying that all goes well!

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  78. Seanie Bettencourt8/22/14, 10:14 PM

    This feeder would be great to have. My chickens waste soooo much food.

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  79. That's so frustrating! Don't let them get you down!

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  80. I am dismayed greatly to hear of your legal issues with the town. While I cannot fiscally support anything at this time, you have my continuous moral support!
    BTW, I would LOVE to win the feeder!

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  81. Nancy Burns Combs8/22/14, 10:16 PM

    Supporting you fully. It is sad about city ordinance. I just rescued 4 chickens from town because the people have been complained on. But they had the chickens for many years. It's sad also. The lady cried when I took them away but she knew she couldn't keep them because they was going to fine her and take them away.

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  82. Shannon Berrios8/22/14, 10:16 PM

    They even ate your eggs?!! What's wrong with people???

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  83. Sandy Striffler Schwager8/22/14, 10:17 PM

    I am so sorry you have such stupid neighbors that can not make up their minds on weither they like your chickens or not. I really enjoy your blog and FB page, you have taught me more about raising chickens than anyone!

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  84. Wondering if we should all email,these soon,g people? Flood their inboxes to,fix it? Count me in for the feeder.

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  85. I hope your battle with the zoning commission and neighbor is soon resolved in your favor. I think it's absolutely ridiculous for them to come after you that way. Good luck. I'm sure you will prevail eventually!

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  86. Would love to have such a feeder for our 'soon to be' chicken flock. Praying the situation with the town gets worked out. It amazes me how you went through all the right steps and they are still trying to make you remove your chickens.

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  87. Nana Rominger8/22/14, 10:23 PM

    You are a special person. You are doing the right thing. We support you.

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  88. Penny Shanks8/22/14, 10:24 PM

    I am sorry to hear of your legal battle over your chickens. I cannot donate money, but I can say that your home and your chickens homes are very lovely and very clean. Nothing looks out of place. I cannot imagine why someone would complain. Any one that raises chickens know they are messy. Thank you for representing all the chicken lovers.

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  89. Alicia R Santiago8/22/14, 10:28 PM

    Thanks again for having another chance at the feeder and the invaluable advice! I wish for a happy ending to this mess you're going through.

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  90. Lynette Watson8/22/14, 10:28 PM

    Was just grumbling about the lasted food to myself.

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  91. Best of luck to you battling town hall!!!!!

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  92. Pretty good article... It is amazing that one person (neighbor) and one jerk of a councilman can decide law per individual... When you win, you might want to start a recall. Unfortunately it will probably not end with Karl. Maybe you could put up an 8 ft fence and then have lights that come on in the night pointed right at his house. I'd also move the compost pile next to the fence by his house... I. Sorry you have to go through this....
    PS: The Grandpa's Feeder would be nice.....:-)

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  93. Caitlyn Ralston8/22/14, 10:32 PM

    I would be OVERJOYED to win this! Thanks for the opportunity! I am so sorry you have to go through this with your town! I pray it all works out! Your yard and coops are so pretty too!

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  94. Still hoping to win a feeder. Can't believe with all this going on in your life you still keep up with the blog and offering these great giveaways. Your neighbors need a hobby. I had similar neighbors, but they gave up and moved away> I think they felt like they got the last laugh cause they sold their house to a family with a hound dog they leave in a kennel in the backyard and he bays all day long. Oh well, I'd rather have your roosters next door.

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  95. We would love to win a Grandpa's Feeder! It would save us money! I am very sorry to hear of your ongoing issue with your neighbor! Why do some people have to be so miserable and try to bring you down with them?! You have been an amazing resource to my family and our 'girls'. Thank you for all you do - keep fighting! I hope your crazy neighbors give it up soon.

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  96. Would love to win one of these, my girls (54) and one little Bantam Cochin Roo seem to be going through a lot of food lately, I would love to cut down on the waste. I hope your legal fight is resolved soon, I know how much time it takes to just take care of my chickens, my son is grown and on his own and i don't have all the other things you have going on, no one needs the added stress of this nonsense. Thank You so much for all your information, I believe my chickens are much happier and healthier because of you.

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  97. Jaclyn Adams8/22/14, 10:39 PM

    Love to win the feeder and mailing my contribution tomorrow! We still live in America which stands for freedom, right??

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  98. Would love this feeder! Good luck on the chicken battle!

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  99. Jenifer Davis8/22/14, 10:44 PM

    I too had to deal with a nasty neighbor. His issue? I would not 'give' him first, a kid goat, then a Royal Palm Tom turkey, and THEN a chicken. His words when I told him I could not do that, as the animals were either to feed my family or provide income, was that he was going to make it so that I had to get rid of them. He even went so far as to open my gate, and lead a handful of babys into his yard then close the fence. He stood there letting his dog bit and chase them while I tried to catch them. When I begged him to get his dog before it hurt one of them he said he would, and he would leave me alone if I would just give him one of them. I told him he was nuts..no I would not give him one! So he called the police and told them my animals were running loose. And that he was afraid for his life. From two 8 week old turkeys and a couple 8 week old pullets. I eventually moved, but bad neighbors can make your life hell.

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  100. Fight the good fight, sister.

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  101. Seramasoncall8/22/14, 10:49 PM

    You have a beautiful property and keep your chickens in such an attractive and healthy environment. Hard to believe neighbors feel the need to fuss! Good luck to you!

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  102. Right! Thank you for your support, Jaclyn! ♥

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  103. Tamara Clohessy8/22/14, 10:49 PM

    Rooting for you. Some neighbors are never happy. Been there.

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  104. What a shame! REALLY!!! Over some chickens. This is just unbelievable. Good Luck to you. Hang in there

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  105. Christine Chenault-Medlin8/22/14, 10:51 PM

    Love to win it!! Hope my donation helped and you raise enough to buy the land!!!

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  106. I can't believe it either. Thank you for your encouragement. ♥

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  107. Thank you Penny, your encouragement is support enough for me. ♥

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  108. That would be great!

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  109. Thank you Jen. I appreciate your support. ♥

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  110. Thank you, I appreciate your support!

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  111. Love and need!!!

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  112. Great write up... I'm rooting for you!!!

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  113. I follow your blog and now read your legal briefs to help understand your situation. I hate to see your neighbors trying to take away your pets! Keep up the good fight Kathy! Sending prayers your way for a successful outcome for you and your well kept birds!

    The feeder would be nice too :-)

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  114. Martha Waugh8/22/14, 10:59 PM

    Great win for the flock! So proud of you for keeping up the fight. Well worth it. I'm a "chicken outlaw" myself hoping I never have to deal with my homeowner's association.

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  115. Thank you for your support, Christine- it helps!

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  116. Crazy lives in many neighborhoods, unfortunately. :(

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  117. Daniel Hilty8/22/14, 11:03 PM

    Hope you win in the fight to keep your chickens!

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  118. I'm just sick for you over this stressful situation you've been sucked into, Kathy. If I owned the acreage behind you, I'd give it to you. Meanwhile, I intend to support you every time I can! Just say the word and we'll bombard your city leaders with so much mail from all over the country and world!

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  119. The feeder would be nice. I sure hope Everything works out with your chickens...I live in NYC and any backyard can have as many chickens as you want just no roosters (although i do know some people keep them even though illegal). As long as you take care of the animals and keep them clean and healthy why should anyone care how many chickens you have. You keep lovely chicken homes on your property, and do other chicken owners such a wonderful service. I wish I was on your town board I wouldcertainly light a fire under them to pass a more reasonable law.

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  120. I comfortably keep 20 chickens on .5 acre. I use to live in CT, and my friends from there visited a couple weeks ago. They want chickens but they only have .5 acre...I can't imagine a 5 acre minimum for chicks! Horses...yes...but chickens!?I can't donate now, but I will support any way I can!

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  121. We are saving for one of these feeders, but in the meantime would adore winning one, too. Right now we're feeding ALOT of sparrows along with our girls......

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  122. Patricia Lessard8/22/14, 11:07 PM

    I could always use another feeder(these are great -I purchased 2 of them already). Good luck with your legal issue- I feel blessed to have acreage and live in a rural area as these chickens provide us with food every day and that is always good once one is retired and on a fixed income!

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  123. Meredith Nielsen Bleak8/22/14, 11:09 PM

    Good thing you have all your ducks (or chicks rather) in a row. :-)

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  124. If you are happy and know you are doing right, then why let them bring you down! You have and amazing blog and beautiful chickens I don't care what anyone says, and I hope your town sees that too. Thank you for your amazing blog entries and for the opportunities you provide to win amazing items! :)

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  125. The Mama Chick8/22/14, 11:11 PM

    Working for the governments means I understand how the wheels turn; slowly. We are hampered and protected by the laws and regulations people have set into action and many times they are antiquated. They are difficult to change or get started. Plus change is scary! Just keep plugging along as long as you can and look for the loopholes in the laws and regs; trust me, they are there!

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  126. Rooting for you! Ya awesome chicken chick:-)

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  127. Sarah Lagoon8/22/14, 11:13 PM

    What a horrible experience to go through! I hate when people are selective about enforcing laws and rules. All it ends up doing is ruining everything for everyone. Your strength in this situation is inspirational. My chicks are getting bigger and even now at only a month I don't think I could part with them. I wish you the best of luck and hope that it is resolved more quickly than it seems to be going.
    By the way, your frizzled polish are soooooo awesome!
    The grandpa's feeder would be great to win :)

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  128. Jason VanHoose8/22/14, 11:15 PM

    I hope everything works out for you.

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  129. I cannot believe all that I just read. What an absolute waste of time, tax payers money, and more important your family's hard earned money. What an absolute joke. Who has time for all this nonsense besides Karl of course? Life is too precious and too short for nonsense like this. I commend you for teaching your girls how to stick up for what you believe and love. Donation in the mail Kathy. Best wishes to you and your family.

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  130. Donna Savage8/22/14, 11:16 PM

    Hang in there and keep fighting the good fight.

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  131. We've learned so much from you! Donation sent. We are saving for one of these feeders....Thanks for another giveaway for one!

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  132. Hope you can keep your chickens!

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  133. I would love to win the Grandpa's Feeder. Hope you get to keep your chickens!

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  134. Good luck and keep fighting, you will win! The whole case seems outrageous to me, but I guess it takes all kinds to make a world.

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  135. Katherine Lewis8/22/14, 11:27 PM

    I need one of these so badly, and have been saving up for one! Right now the mice are moving in and the resident cat can't seem to keep the numbers in check. :(

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  136. Aww thanks hon 💕🐓🐥 - still, though, for all the things you do for all of us, if I can do anything monetarily in return to help you in your fight, I will definitely try to do so!

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  137. Dawn Lemerand Feeney8/22/14, 11:32 PM

    Would keep the critters out!

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  138. Chick-chick Momma8/22/14, 11:32 PM

    You would think they'd have something better to do with their time... I don't knowwww... maybe get a life of their own?

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  139. Denise Miller8/22/14, 11:37 PM

    I want to thank you for all the valuable an informative information your blog provides. It helped me save one of my grandsons pet hens when she became egg bound and infested with flystrike.

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  140. Jennifer Hudson-Gensler8/22/14, 11:39 PM

    I hate crabby neighbors. :/ I'd love to win one of these feeders! It'll help me keep feeding my neighbors fresh eggs! :)

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  141. I would love to win this feeder. I've learned so much from you and started my on flock of 6 in June. I'm addicted and added 5 more this week. I could sit out and watch my chickens all day.

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  142. Praying your neighbor finds something useful to do with their time and leaves you in Peace! Would love to win feeder even though the sparrows will be unhappy :-)

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  143. That's right!! Chickens need a voice and you're it!! Good luck! I hope I win this!!

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  144. Are there any additional actions we can 'do' to assist you in this effort? Positive statements, or 'research' that I might help with?
    Cheers,
    izzi~avis

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  145. Keep PECKING FORWARD!!! :-) You can win the battle, we are all rooting for you!!!! Thanks for keeping up with the blog and all your help and the chance to win , wonderful gifts for our Chickens.

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  146. Diana Netland8/22/14, 11:41 PM

    I pray you win and for those neighbors they should move if they don't like it sounds like they have a rodent brain. I would love to win this feeder for my girls and one boy. I am following along with what is going on with you and there are some evil people out there!!!

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  147. We had neighbors complain once but the inspection went fine and the coops location was grandfathered in since we have had chickens there for many years. The complaining neighbors have since moved and the neighbors before and after them have never complained.

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  148. from the sound of it via the newspaper article and legal documentation you have a diligent case. im rooting for you chickie,
    and btw, please enter me in the contest for th feeder. luv n hugs,

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  149. Kim Ramsey Hayse8/22/14, 11:48 PM

    Hoooray for chickens everywhere! So glad you won your battle.....now about that Grandpa's Feeder ;)

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  150. Terri Brooks Tribble8/22/14, 11:48 PM

    Would love to have one.

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  151. Ruth Mizzell8/22/14, 11:52 PM

    this would keep out the litlle four legged critters....must have one

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  152. I would love to win one of the feeders. I wish I had the funds to help this isn't right. I do have you in my prayers

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  153. Pamela Kelley8/22/14, 11:56 PM

    Hopefully everything goes amazing for you.

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  154. Allison &amp; Eric S.8/23/14, 12:02 AM

    Best of luck in fighting for your chickens. What a great example you set for the rest of us in standing up for what's right and what you believe in. It's too bad your neighbors don't spend their energy fighting a worthy cause instead of this nonsense. In fact, maybe a few letters suggesting such will help send them in the right direction :) Thanks for all you do!

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  155. It's ridiculous that we have to go this far to have pets. When I was growing up we had a greater sulfur crested Cockatoo whose screaches could be heard over 1/2 mile away and we lived in a town house ! I guess since you could buy them in a mall it was fine ??? No clue. People are getting crazier every day.

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  156. Melissa Tillson8/23/14, 12:02 AM

    Good luck, i hope you win, i could not imagine not having my chickens... :)

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  157. I'm an email subscriber, and I'm praying for you to be successful in your fight to keep chickens!

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  158. I am thankful to know you are approved for the chickens etc., I wasn't aware there was a problem. Happy Days Ahead


    I would love to win a Grandpa's Feeder as it would be less waste of my organic feed. Thank you :-)

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  159. Every home should have the right to keep a few hens for eggs.

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  160. Still praying!

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  161. I have donated and am now sending prayers your way! This whole situation makes my blood boil! Grinding my teeth...

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  162. Great feeder! Good for you for taking on this fight. I'm rooting for you!

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  163. Recently I started my own chicken coop,with the help of my dad, and have my own flock. While doing some reasearch i found this website and i really appreciate how help full it has been with DYI projects like the chick tv and feeders. :)

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  164. Recently I started my own chicken coop,with the help of my dad, and have my own flock. While doing some reasearch i found this website and i really appreciate how help full it has been with DYI projects like the chick tv and feeders. :)

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  165. Would love one of those feeders!

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  166. Hi Kathy,
    I have been reading your blog since we got chickens 3 years ago and loving it in silence. There are many silent admirers like me I am sure. Love is like an iceberg and it is the greatest victory you have towards jealous attacks like this. Chicken blogger in Virginia must feel that too, unless she is not jealous but maybe owns the 3 acres next to you.
    The best of luck, you have a meaningful life
    Love
    Sara

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  167. nmconscience8/23/14, 1:00 AM

    Keep up the fight. It is sad that people who live in rural areas cannot live the rural life. We had the same problem in Santa Fe, Eldorado to be exact. All the lots are 5 acres in the Eldorado subdivision which is 15 miles from town, out in "the boonies". An unnamed bonehead lawyer filed suit against a neighbor for having chickens as it would "bring down the home value of his property". It to is an ongoing legal fight which has actually split the community into two bitter camps, all over a few stupid chickens. http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-7200-fowl-play.html

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  168. Danene Dorcas8/23/14, 1:04 AM

    Would love to win this! Thanks so much!

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  169. Another great product you have introduced to me.

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  170. Gabriela Dunn8/23/14, 1:36 AM

    I sincerely hope you win this battle and can keep your chickens. It sounds like you're getting bullied from every angle :-(

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  171. Rachael Schilling-Payne8/23/14, 1:40 AM

    You go girl we and all our chickens are all with you!

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  172. It seems to me that you have over 5 acres and the fact that some is leased is a problem with the town authorities is just nit-picking. You seem to have done all you can to please your neighbors to no avail. Good luck to you and thank God I don't have neighbors like those!

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  173. Caley O'Brien8/23/14, 1:55 AM

    Sorry you're dealing with this! What a bummer. :(

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  174. Sorry to hear this. You have such a beautiful home for your chicks it's hard to believe anyone would complain.

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  175. Good luck in your fight

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  176. Tiffany M Manoukian8/23/14, 2:09 AM

    Good Luck! We are all behind you!

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