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Family Fights to Keep their Backyard Chickens in Wake Forest & Wins!
Family struggles to legalize their chickens
David Bissette and his family raise chickens for food, fertilizer, and fun. The problem: They live inside city limits. The only way they can get a permit is if they can convince the neighbor's to sign but they have not had much success. This story has a happy ending because David BIssette's family did not give up without a fight.
An animal ordinance in Wake Forest has some people in the town crying fowl. They want to make it easier to legally raise chickens in their backyards.
Emily Cole, a Wake Forest resident, was interested in creating a small backyard chicken coop, but she was frustrated when she was unable to receive a permit to do so.
Because chickens are considered livestock under town ordinances, you can not raise them in town limits without the written consent of every homeowner within 500 feet of your residence.
Cole said she was heartbroken when she did not get the full support of her neighbors.
Neighbor Scott Tarkenton said, "Not in the middle of front yards and running around in people's neighborhoods. I think they should stick to the farms."
But Cole has not given up her resolve to have fresh eggs from her own yard.
"My next step, since I can't convince the neighbors, is to try to convince the town to change the ordinance," she said.
Update! David Bissette Wins the Battle to Save His Chickens!
"WAKE FOREST, NC. Sept. 16, 2008- The Town of Wake Forest's Board of Commissioners voted tonight to approve the chicken ordinance amendment. In a 4 to 1 vote, Commissioners Chris Kaeberlein, Anne Hines, Frank Drake, and Margaret Stinnett all ruled to append the town ordinances with an urban chicken amendment. The amendment allows for the keeping of up to ten chickens inside the town limits, excluding roosters." Read more...
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