Do you have to have a permit to own a...

Do you have to have a permit to own a chicken in city limits?

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Just me

Charleston, WV

#1 Jun 29, 2013
I want a serious, honest answer.

I can't find any ordinances against having chickens within city limits, and I can't find any evidence of requiring a permit either. Does anyone know if you have to have a permit or not? I want a chicken really to have more as a pet and not a food source.

I'll copy and paste in what I can find pertaining to the keeping of them. I really can't see anywhere that keeps anyone from having them as long as they're 25 feet from anothers house, the coop is clean, and they're not bothering anyone.

Sec. 10-6.- Animal nuisances.

It shall be unlawful to own any animal, including a dog or cat, in a residentially-zoned district, which by frequent or long continued noise shall disturb the comfort or repose of any person within the vicinity of such animal, or shall by the nature of their maintenance or by the numbers of the same shall create an offensive odor so as to be objectionable to surrounding residences. All dogs and cats in heat shall be confined in a secure and sufficiently enclosed area throughout the period of estrus. In any event, dogs in heat shall be so confined for no less than 25 days during the period of estrus. No person shall own on their premises more than two dogs, ten weeks in age or older, unless such premises is licensed as a commercial kennel or the owner has a permit from the city allowing more than two dogs, as provided in section 10-121. The provisions of this section are to be interpreted consistently with any city noise ordinance.

Sec. 10-8.- Sale of baby fowl.

It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale as pets or novelties any artificially colored, sprayed, painted or dyed baby chicks, ducklings, goslings, turkeys or other fowl.

Sec. 10-11.- Keeping fowl near inhabited building.

No person shall keep any kind of poultry, fowl or pigeon within 25 feet of any structure owned by another and used for human habitation, occupation or assembly, whether the structure is in the same or adjacent block or square.

Sec. 10-12.- Keeping of certain animals.

No person shall keep or permit to be kept within the corporate limits any hog, goat, cow, chicken, or other animal or fowl in a pen or otherwise confined in any lot, to the annoyance, detriment or inconvenience of any neighbor or the public.

Sec. 10-13.- Certain animals and reptiles prohibited to be kept within city except pursuant to license or permit.

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or harbor within the city any panther, wildcat or bobcat, bear or other wild animal of a species normally dangerous to human beings, or any skunk from which the perinea glands have not been removed, or any venomous reptile or any make of a constrictor species, except pursuant to authority of a city license or permit which may be issued under any other provisions of the City Code or other city ordinance or by special action of the city council.

Sec. 10-15.- Maintenance of pens, coops, other enclosures, places.

(a)
Each stable, pen, coop and other enclosure or place where any animal or fowl is kept shall be so located and of such construction as to have sufficient sanitary drainage to keep it dry at all times; and it shall be the duty of each person owning, harboring or keeping any animal or fowl to maintain such enclosure or other place where such animal or fowl is kept in a clean and sanitary condition at all times, free of any unwholesome or offensive substance, liquid or odor and so as not to constitute, in the opinion of the health commissioner, a nuisance.
(b)
The provisions of this section shall be applicable within the city generally, as well as beyond the city limits for a distance of one mile in any instance wherein a stable, pen, coop or other enclosure or place where an animal or fowl is kept constitutes a nuisance affecting this city or is offensive or detrimental to the health of inhabitants of this city.
RealChick

United States

#2 Jun 29, 2013
Eww who the hell would own a chicken (something we eat) or any other farm animals that you have to feed (knowing you have to eat) some of them? Hahaha, Eww! I never did or will understand that and none of my friends owns a farm or likes to go on farms!
Just me

Charleston, WV

#3 Jun 29, 2013
RealChick wrote:
Eww who the hell would own a chicken (something we eat) or any other farm animals that you have to feed (knowing you have to eat) some of them? Hahaha, Eww! I never did or will understand that and none of my friends owns a farm or likes to go on farms!
Because like all animals, they have feelings. Chickens make amazing pets, plus provide fresh eggs. Do you not realize everything you eat has a brain with feelings? I would never want to be your friend then, you seem pretty prude.

I would prefer ignorant comments to be left off of this. I'm looking for a real answer.
Just me

Charleston, WV

#4 Jun 29, 2013
RealChick wrote:
Eww who the hell would own a chicken (something we eat) or any other farm animals that you have to feed (knowing you have to eat) some of them? Hahaha, Eww! I never did or will understand that and none of my friends owns a farm or likes to go on farms!
Also, if someone didn't own chickens, then people like you would never have meat and eggs to eat.
Wanna Know

Charleston, WV

#5 Jun 29, 2013
In Charleston, you can have up to six chickens, no roosters though. They're too noisy.
Just me

Charleston, WV

#6 Jun 29, 2013
Wanna Know wrote:
In Charleston, you can have up to six chickens, no roosters though. They're too noisy.
Thank you so much! Finally a straight forward answer! This is without a permit, correct?
Wow

United States

#7 Jun 30, 2013
Imagine all the panthers and other wild animals peoples let loose in WV.
flowerchild

Charleston, WV

#8 Jun 30, 2013
Yes, you can have up to six laying hens anywhere in the city thanks to our new urban farming bill! You can have them as long as your coop is in the backyard, and cannot have any complaints about the smell. And of course, no roosters, Unless you have over an acre...You can also have bee hives anywhere in the city now, as long as it stays in your backyard as well. Gardens can go anywhere also, even in the front. And to the person wanting a single chicken, chickens are social animals, they do better in pairs at the minimum. A lot of stuff I read said 3 chickens do best together. Me and my boyfriend are constructing our coop now, we are going to get 3 or 4 once completed.. Just needs a coat of paint if this rain ever gives up!! We live on the West Side, and love that we can be urban homesteaders! Lol
I hope many people catch on to growing your own food in the city, it's rewarding and you know where your food comes from!
Westside Girl

United States

#9 Jun 30, 2013
flowerchild wrote:
Yes, you can have up to six laying hens anywhere in the city thanks to our new urban farming bill! You can have them as long as your coop is in the backyard, and cannot have any complaints about the smell. And of course, no roosters, Unless you have over an acre...You can also have bee hives anywhere in the city now, as long as it stays in your backyard as well. Gardens can go anywhere also, even in the front. And to the person wanting a single chicken, chickens are social animals, they do better in pairs at the minimum. A lot of stuff I read said 3 chickens do best together. Me and my boyfriend are constructing our coop now, we are going to get 3 or 4 once completed.. Just needs a coat of paint if this rain ever gives up!! We live on the West Side, and love that we can be urban homesteaders! Lol
I hope many people catch on to growing your own food in the city, it's rewarding and you know where your food comes from!
I have never seen a chicken, pig or a stupid cow on the Westside of Charleston or anywhere in Charleston. That would be one of the funniest things in the world and I hope something bad happens to them. That's if you do have one of those animals living inside of your house or out in your front or backyard.
flowerchild

Charleston, WV

#10 Jun 30, 2013
Westside Girl wrote:
<quoted text>I have never seen a chicken, pig or a stupid cow on the Westside of Charleston or anywhere in Charleston. That would be one of the funniest things in the world and I hope something bad happens to them. That's if you do have one of those animals living inside of your house or out in your front or backyard.
You are obviously very ignorant. Please, stop now before you look even more stupid.. Why would you hope something bad happens to them? Because you are a troll and apparently retarded.
Redneckerson

Nitro, WV

#11 Jun 30, 2013
Hens are almost as noisy as roosters , wait till they start laying and cackling. I hope you have cooperative neighbors there will be a smell, no matter how clean you keep the coop , you have to dispose of the manuer somewhere. Then you have the problem of rats and mice ,trying to get to the feed , keep your feed,laying mash and oyster shells in a metal trashcan. But the rodents will come after the feed in the coop anyway ,and the rodents WILL attract snakes. We have always kept Chickens ,but we live on a farm ,I couldn't imagine raising them in town.
flowerchild

Charleston, WV

#12 Jun 30, 2013
Redneckerson wrote:
Hens are almost as noisy as roosters , wait till they start laying and cackling. I hope you have cooperative neighbors there will be a smell, no matter how clean you keep the coop , you have to dispose of the manuer somewhere. Then you have the problem of rats and mice ,trying to get to the feed , keep your feed,laying mash and oyster shells in a metal trashcan. But the rodents will come after the feed in the coop anyway ,and the rodents WILL attract snakes. We have always kept Chickens ,but we live on a farm ,I couldn't imagine raising them in town.
I may live in the city now, but trust me I grew up country and know all about what needs to be done. I have done my homework and am not some idiot that will let it be an eyesore to my neighbors. I have a good relationship with all my neighbors and would not allow it to be a problem.
Redneckerson

Nitro, WV

#13 Jun 30, 2013
flowerchild wrote:
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I may live in the city now, but trust me I grew up country and know all about what needs to be done. I have done my homework and am not some idiot that will let it be an eyesore to my neighbors. I have a good relationship with all my neighbors and would not allow it to be a problem.
Looks like you have a thought out plan; Good luck
flowerchild

Charleston, WV

#14 Jun 30, 2013
Redneckerson wrote:
<quoted text>Looks like you have a thought out plan; Good luck
Thanks!!
Westside Girl

United States

#15 Jun 30, 2013
flowerchild wrote:
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You are obviously very ignorant. Please, stop now before you look even more stupid.. Why would you hope something bad happens to them? Because you are a troll and apparently retarded.
Oh honey im not the one who looks stupid, you said you had some chickens on the Westside. How come I never seen any chickens on the Westside? Farm animals are stupid and anybody who wants to bring them into a city is stupid. Farm animals are made to be on a farm you stupid retarded ass fuqq and there ain't no farms on the Westside. You are a troll for talking about those animals being in city limits and saying their on the Westside when I haven't ever seen any and none of my friends has seen any either but if we did see one for the first time on the Westside then we would be laughing our a**es not only at you but those animals.
Just me

Charleston, WV

#16 Jun 30, 2013
flowerchild wrote:
Yes, you can have up to six laying hens anywhere in the city thanks to our new urban farming bill! You can have them as long as your coop is in the backyard, and cannot have any complaints about the smell. And of course, no roosters, Unless you have over an acre...You can also have bee hives anywhere in the city now, as long as it stays in your backyard as well. Gardens can go anywhere also, even in the front. And to the person wanting a single chicken, chickens are social animals, they do better in pairs at the minimum. A lot of stuff I read said 3 chickens do best together. Me and my boyfriend are constructing our coop now, we are going to get 3 or 4 once completed.. Just needs a coat of paint if this rain ever gives up!! We live on the West Side, and love that we can be urban homesteaders! Lol
I hope many people catch on to growing your own food in the city, it's rewarding and you know where your food comes from!
Thanks a lot for this! I can't wait to start up mine :) I will probably only have two or three myself.
Just me

Charleston, WV

#17 Jun 30, 2013
Westside Girl wrote:
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Oh honey im not the one who looks stupid, you said you had some chickens on the Westside. How come I never seen any chickens on the Westside? Farm animals are stupid and anybody who wants to bring them into a city is stupid. Farm animals are made to be on a farm you stupid retarded ass fuqq and there ain't no farms on the Westside. You are a troll for talking about those animals being in city limits and saying their on the Westside when I haven't ever seen any and none of my friends has seen any either but if we did see one for the first time on the Westside then we would be laughing our a**es not only at you but those animals.
Seriously...
This way we know where our food comes from, plus get amazing pets out of it. These animals are allowed in city limits. Don't believe her? Call city hall or animal control and ask about it. There was actually a call about a "wild chicken" on the westside a few years ago. Please laugh your ass off all you want. This is something we want to do. If you don't agree with it, then simply don't do it. Why would you even care if its not affecting you? Thank the lord I don't live on the west side anymore so I don't have to deal with ignorant people like you.
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Hagatha May

Orlando, FL

#19 Jun 30, 2013
Possums, you are all ignorant and backwards there. It may not be illegal to own a chicken there but you cannot go around "chokin the chicken" in public. But then again from what I've heard it would be more like "chokin the mouse" for most of the "men" there. TaTa for now Lady of Quality
flowerchild

United States

#20 Jul 1, 2013
Westside Girl wrote:
<quoted text>Oh honey im not the one who looks stupid, you said you had some chickens on the Westside. How come I never seen any chickens on the Westside? Farm animals are stupid and anybody who wants to bring them into a city is stupid. Farm animals are made to be on a farm you stupid retarded ass fuqq and there ain't no farms on the Westside. You are a troll for talking about those animals being in city limits and saying their on the Westside when I haven't ever seen any and none of my friends has seen any either but if we did see one for the first time on the Westside then we would be laughing our a**es not only at you but those animals.
Oh lord girl, I can even hardly understand what you are saying due to your terrible grammar. You are obviously not a very intelligent person.. Because you would understand that the reason why you don't see these chickens and such around. Maybe is because they are required to be in your backyard?? Think that's a possibility?? Or maybe the owners take care of them and don't let them become a nuisance??? You just make me laugh, very hard. Please respond again so I can continue to laugh at your stupidity.
flowerchild

United States

#21 Jul 1, 2013
And you're welcome to all that found my info helpful!! That's what topix is really supposed to be, right? Thanks to all that stay positive :))

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