Permit Chickens in Monroe Twp.

Permit Chickens in Monroe Twp.

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Egg Lover

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Jul 26, 2010
If your property is zoned residential in the township, you cannot have chickens. I want to change that. Why? Hens (female chickens) make marvelous pets, have low to no odor if kept clean, produce eggs without need of a rooster (male chicken) eat pesky insects like ticks, provide low odor fertilizer to lawns, help produce a "low-carbon footprint" for homes and are green sustainable. Many American communities are changing local ordinances to allow for chickens on single family properties.

I propose the following for Monroe:
1. No more than 5 hens (NO ROOSTERS, TOO NOISY!!) per property.
2. No slaughtering of hens.
3. No free ranging of hens. Hens must be penned in a well-maintained coop with chicken run.
4. Chicken food must be in tight, metal containers.
5. Chickens cannot be closer than 15 feet of any residential structure.

Please offer opinions. Check out http://www.sailzora.com/FAQ.htm for more info.
Local

Sicklerville, NJ

#2 Jul 26, 2010
No thanks. Who wants to smell chicken S--T when you come out in the morning for fresh air. Keep them on the farms where you expect it. You talk about low odor, well I beg to differ. I know someone who had chickens and even when you kept up on their pens it still did not stop the odor. I dont want them near my house.
Egg Lover

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Jul 27, 2010
Local wrote:
No thanks. Who wants to smell chicken S--T when you come out in the morning for fresh air. Keep them on the farms where you expect it. You talk about low odor, well I beg to differ. I know someone who had chickens and even when you kept up on their pens it still did not stop the odor. I dont want them near my house.
Local, you are correct when you state that there is an odor but that is always present at chicken FARMS. With five chickens or fewer, that is far less of a problem. I'm no scientist but somehow, it's been shown that chicken poop is 4X less odorous than dog poop and 2X less than cat poop. With a low density of chickens, the odor problem will be nil. Again, we are talking 5 or FEWER.
OhOh

Absecon, NJ

#4 Aug 2, 2010
Chicken poo is worst then dog poo. Rarely do farmers pick up chicken poo. Another problem is the loose feathers going airborne into residential properties. My lawn was white for days because of all the chicken feathers going into my lawn when a bobcat was attacking their chickens. Chickens need to be kept in farms. Anything that's livestock should not be kept in residential areas.
Abel08094

Elizabethtown, KY

#5 Aug 22, 2010
Chickens will tear your place up and dig worse than dogs and roosters crow day and nite
unknown

Pitman, NJ

#6 Sep 1, 2010
It is bad enough we have to listen to our neighbors dogs, loud music and parties let alone having chickens clucking all day. No thanks!!
ChickenFlu

Absecon, NJ

#7 Sep 4, 2010
Chickens spread a lot of disease and are terrible for people with allergies in the area. If you have kids near any chickens...you're asking for trouble with spread of diseases.
chicken owner

Kansas City, MO

#8 Aug 11, 2014
I agree with the original post. 5 or even 6 chickens well maintained will not bother neighbors. The township doesn't even understand about chickens. I went to one of the meetings already and brought up this subject. They dismissed it saying if you allow one person then there will be someone who gets 20 or more chickens and causes complaints. They also said that the feed attracts rodents. I dont agree at all. Chickens are good pets and make great natural fertilizers for gardens and trees. Plus the eggs are great.
Chicken Lover

Cherry Hill, NJ

#9 Oct 16, 2014
chicken owner wrote:
I agree with the original post. 5 or even 6 chickens well maintained will not bother neighbors. The township doesn't even understand about chickens. I went to one of the meetings already and brought up this subject. They dismissed it saying if you allow one person then there will be someone who gets 20 or more chickens and causes complaints. They also said that the feed attracts rodents. I dont agree at all. Chickens are good pets and make great natural fertilizers for gardens and trees. Plus the eggs are great.
It should be pointed out again that the proposal is for 5 or FEWER hens. No males! The males make the noise. Hens are relatively quiet and are hardly heard at all. The smell of five or fewer hens would be minimal, at worst. Think of the money saved from all those eggs!

Chickens in Monroe Township! Yes!
Buenabraves16

Sicklerville, NJ

#10 Feb 21, 2015
Local wrote:
No thanks. Who wants to smell chicken S--T when you come out in the morning for fresh air. Keep them on the farms where you expect it. You talk about low odor, well I beg to differ. I know someone who had chickens and even when you kept up on their pens it still did not stop the odor. I dont want them near my house.
I'm not sure where you got your information but chickens if kept correctly will not smell , in fact being my grandma has a farm with chicken I've neve smelt chicken poop !
Buenabraves16

Sicklerville, NJ

#11 Feb 21, 2015
Chicken Lover wrote:
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It should be pointed out again that the proposal is for 5 or FEWER hens. No males! The males make the noise. Hens are relatively quiet and are hardly heard at all. The smell of five or fewer hens would be minimal, at worst. Think of the money saved from all those eggs!
Chickens in Monroe Township! Yes!
I agree having a limit and only being hens . the ones posting all negative saying they smell and have diseases have never had chickens ! Or have never been around well kept clean chickens ! Also chickens don't crow or "cluck" they don't make any Noises that would be a rooster , which we are agreeing we don't want ! Chickens eat bad bugs like mosquitos and ticks . diseases ?? Please if kept in a good clean environment then it's the same risk as having dogs !
localguy

Bensalem, PA

#12 Mar 19, 2015
OhOh wrote:
Chicken poo is worst then dog poo. Rarely do farmers pick up chicken poo. Another problem is the loose feathers going airborne into residential properties. My lawn was white for days because of all the chicken feathers going into my lawn when a bobcat was attacking their chickens. Chickens need to be kept in farms. Anything that's livestock should not be kept in residential areas.
It was specified enclosed, so it's like having birds you'd clean the cahe and feathers don't go thru chicken wire, it's be great if we can keep a limited number of chickens. Females don't make much noise at all and you could get amazing eggs from your neighbors that aren't already a week old

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