Kevin Patrick Law - June 2023

Are Chickens Allowed in Your Neighborhood?


In some parts of the U.S. this past January, a carton of eggs cost over $8 — and the national average was a painfully high $4.82! “Eggflation” has settled down a bit, but you probably won’t forget that bird flu- induced chaos anytime soon. You may even be plotting a way to avoid it — like buying backyard chickens. Backyard birds are a great addition to most households. If you give them the space, food, and attention they need to thrive, they’ll pay you back with eggs, meat, garden compost, pest control, and endless entertainment. However, you can’t just bring chickens home on a whim. Before building a coop, you need to find out your city’s chicken-raising policies. CITY CRACKDOWNS ON CHICKENS You might think backyard birds would be beneath the notice of your city government. But in fact, many cities have ordinances

that ban chickens, limit the number you can own, lay out how to raise them, or require a permit within city limits. RURAL VS. URBAN RAISING If you live in a rural area, you can likely raise as many chickens as you please without worrying about lawsuits or grumpy city officials. According to The National Agricultural Law Center, right-to-farm statutes protect rural dwellers in all 50 states from litigious neighbors. However, if you live in a suburb or city, you should check at least two things before buying chickens.

Portland, Oregon, website (Portland. gov), “Up to four (4) chickens, ducks, pigeons, and/or other similarly sized domestic fowl may be kept on any lot.” If you’re not sure how to search your city’s laws, call or visit your local library and ask a librarian for help. 2. Homeowner Association (HOA) Rules: Regulations around chickens can also vary at the neighborhood level. If you have an HOA or neighborhood association, check

their rulebook for restrictions on backyard birds. You may need to submit an application, or the birds may be counted as pets and strictly limited. Buying chickens can be complicated, but if you use a bit of persistence now, you’ll avoid high egg prices later!

1. City Ordinances: Visit your city’s website and search local laws for “chicken” or “domestic fowl.” You may be

surprised by what you find! For example, according to the


Hit-and-run accidents can leave you frustrated, confused, and seriously injured. With medical bills and car repairs piling up, you deserve justice for an accident that wasn’t your fault. Just because an irresponsible driver flees the scene doesn’t mean their crime won’t catch up to them. Unfortunately, our firm has witnessed an uptick in these problematic cases. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there is more than one hit-and-run accident every minute. We’ve worked with countless hit-and-run victims, and while these

cases are more complicated, it doesn’t mean they’re hopeless. We’ll do everything possible to find those at fault and secure compensation for your expenses. WHAT IS GEORGIA’S HIT-AND-RUN LAW? When a driver hits someone else, be it another car or pedestrian, they are required by law to stop. O.C.G.A. § 40-6-270 requires that the driver must pull over after an accident if it results in an injury, damaged vehicle, or death. But pulling over isn’t enough. This law also states that after the accident, the driver needs to complete the following steps: 1. Give their name, number, address, and vehicle registration number. 2. Present their driver’s license to those involved. 3. Assist anyone injured, whether calling for an ambulance or transporting them to a hospital. 4. If a person is unconscious or appears deceased, the driver should still call for emergency medical assistance and the police to report the accident.


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