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Chicken Lady No More

Sadly, we have lost our fight to keep our hens.  After being given permission, by the HOA, in July of 2012, we were served with an injuction lawsuit.  We went around in circles until June of this year when we finally gave up and agreed to place our remaining girls in another home.  They have gone to a wonderful family and are being treated like the pampered pets that they were to us. Continue reading

Saving our Pet Chickens from our HOA

We have not been very active on our blog for the past year although we still have our garden and flock, having expanded both over the past year.  We decided to post a summary of our fight against our HOA to keep our Pet Chickens.  We hope that in doing so it may help others be successful against their HOAs as well!  Last summer, our HOA sent us a Notice of Violation regarding a complaint about our chickens.  One of our neighbors had complained.  This was accompanied by inspections from the Department of Health and Safety Animal Control and the Humane Society.  We were told in person that as neighbors adjacent to us had placed their homes on the market, we were being inconsiderate of them by building a coop and introducing a flock to our garden.  Never mind the house had been on the market for 8 months before we put our hens outside.  Both houses sold by mid summer and we checked with owners to ensure that our hens were not an issue.  They assured us that it was other issues with the home and the subdivision that prevent the sale. We even overheard a realtor using our garden and hens to sell the home behind us as their deck overlooks our garden.  We also had issues with one neighborhood resident repeatedly attempting to enter our back yard while they thought we were not home as there were no cars in the driveway.  This prompted us to post No Trespassing signs on our fence.  We heard nothing further from our Trustees regarding this and were under the impression that the matter had been resolved. Continue reading