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Oxford, ME

#1 Apr 4, 2013
Evidently, it's against the law to keep chickens in Sanford/Springvale.

Across the country, we are seeing kids selling Lemonade getting shut down because of "code enforcement" and other BS.

Roadside vegetable stands are taking heat, while more & more "legal" vegetables are getting pushed at chain supermarkets. Same goes for antibiotic/steroid-pumped cattle that are fed chemically treated grain.

I'm hardly a treehugger, but this is getting crazy.

On April 27th, Aubuchon Hardware -on Main Street- will be selling the first of their chicks. Rhode Island reds. There will be a petition present for those who'd like to go forward with allowing people to keep chickens in their own yards, most of our parents & grandparents did. Didn't kill them, did it? I don't know about you, but I want to be self-sufficient. Is that a crime?

If anyone has any questions, please drop me a line at; I usually check my mail twice a day.

Milton, NH

#2 Apr 11, 2013
We had a few chickens and roosters and it wasn't even to eat any if it. It was to help control some of the bugs in the yard. Someone told us that they eat ticks and mosquitos so we found someone giving them away for free on Craig's list, and gave them a new home here. We let them out during the day, and at night would put them in their coop. We passed them on before the fall though, because we weren't able to keep them warm in winter, without power near where their coop was. While they were here, they were a lot of fun. They stayed close to their coop and our yard was less buggy.

Maybe Sanford/Springvale is trying to avoid people owning them and letting them roam roads where they are afraid serious accidents might happen? Or, the courts being bogged down with people fighting over roosters cock a doodle do'ing? LOL Here in our town, you wouldn't want to drive too fast anyway, because there are wild moose, deer, turkey, and dangerous ditches, pot holes, and frost heaves, so people drive slower anyway. We see chickens on the sides of the roads and sometimes have to slow or stop to let them cross, but not anymore often then the wild turkey crossings. We don't consider roosters crowing a nuisance either, because we have animals all over the town, and hear many animal noises, but some people aren't so 'country' and simply want the scenery without anything else that usually comes with it.

One day we'll get some chickens again. Fresh eggs were great and one day we'll be able to put up some sort of housing to keep them warm come winter. I'd love to be able to actually learn how to incubate them, and breed them to eat. Something about the chicken still moving for a while after the head is gone, is keeping me from imaging myself ever being able to slaughter them myself, to eat. I saw a method on one of the Amish shows not long ago, where they tossed the still moving carcus into a barrel after removing the head. Less to see might help me personally. There's nothing better than fresh chicken.:)
Clam Digger

Needham Heights, MA

#3 May 27, 2013
choke it

Sanford, ME

#4 Aug 3, 2013
Fred Smith is a city selectmen now,so you can keep your chickens.

Sanford, ME

#5 Aug 3, 2013
Now its Sanford City instead of being a town, you can't have chickens in the city, or they'll run you out.

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