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Somerville chicken laws? [Mar. 1st, 2008|02:50 pm]
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I've been reading about chickens recently, and they sure are nifty. I know that poultry and other livestock are not allowed in the Boston city limits, but what about in other nearby areas? Is there a poultry section of the MA legal code? If I get chickens, will my house rabbit suddenly have its status of pet downgraded to livestock? I am not kidding about this.


This lady says thumbs up to keeping urban chickens.

Also, the MSPCA farm on the North Shore has like 200 ducks up for adoption. If nothing else, visiting the ducks would make for an interesting day trip.
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[User Picture]From: quality617
2008-03-01 08:13 pm (UTC)
Every city and town has their own rules. The local Board of Health would be the one to contact.
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[User Picture]From: liamstliam
2008-03-01 11:06 pm (UTC)
For instance, I think in Waltham the limit is three chickens and a rooster.
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[User Picture]From: bikini_killl
2008-03-01 08:17 pm (UTC)
wtf. They make noise. If your neighbors don't already hate you, they surely will after you buy livestock.
My neighbor used to have a DUCK in her bathroom. Her bathroom wall was touching my kitchen wall and it was just giant wtf-ery. I don't understand why people choose to live in the city with such pets. Move that shit to Sturbridge or something It just seems so selfish on so many levels.
(yeah, I'm bitter about it)
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[User Picture]From: urbpan
2008-03-01 08:44 pm (UTC)
There were farms in the city up until the middle 20th century. People used to save their kitchen waste to give to the local pig farmer (a friend of mine in her 40s, who grew up in Lynn remembers doing this). People have just become tolerant of different noises and smells than they used to be. I'd rather hear my neighbors ducks and chickens than the car alarms and leaf blowers I hear now.

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[User Picture]From: derspatchel
2008-03-01 08:24 pm (UTC)
I still can't figure out what's going on in the second picture, so I'm going to pretend it's one of those "How Many Crazy Things Can You Spot?" games.
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[User Picture]From: agreenballoon
2008-03-01 08:38 pm (UTC)
I grew up raising chickens in new hampshire.
I hated them as a kid, but if you want them for fertilization of your garden, and fresh eggs- i think they'll serve your purpose well.

we raised about four sets of chickens, starting from chicks, and they were never mean, although they were really really dusty!
we were able to pick them up and bring them into their house, or heard them with sticks, and none of them ever spit fire at us or anything.

i highly suggest NOT getting a rooster, since he'll just fuck it all up, as it is the nature of most boys to do anyways.

good luck, lady!

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[User Picture]From: ihavemeaning
2008-03-02 12:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, I would never get a rooster. Anyhow, I appreciate all the different perspectives. Thanks for your comments.
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[User Picture]From: urbpan
2008-03-01 08:40 pm (UTC)
Check out the lj comm citychickens.
Check the laws of some of the local cities, but I suspect that the nearest towns that permit chickens will be out by 128 (metrowest and such).

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[User Picture]From: perspicuity
2008-03-01 09:05 pm (UTC)
i've definitely seen a few chickens in the city, specifically a lady over by fresh pond had a few few cruising around her yard. neat.

about 10-15 yrs ago, there was someone over in boston near where the big EMS is, side street, that had a pet hog... got quite big, i think it finally expired, and that was the last one allowed.

it's kinda dumb they don't allow them. a lot of dogs and cats are kept badly, and they make noise and smells and ... well. they're animals. ever live next to someone with a parrot? cool if you like it :> perhaps not so cool if you don't. some people prefer vultures :)

me? i had pet indoor bantam chickens. good stuff.

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[User Picture]From: forever_dreams
2008-03-01 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'd say adopt one of the wild turkeys running amok Boston. :)
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[User Picture]From: thespian
2008-03-02 12:18 am (UTC)
you have a Jeremy/Barnaby/Colargol icon, and therefore, I love you.

(not able to use them because I'm not paid, but I have several myself :-) )

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[User Picture]From: tlaad
2008-03-01 08:46 pm (UTC)
There's other kinds of poultry you can try. I've lived with guinea hens, and found them pleasanter than chickens on the one hand, but also noisier. They lay chicken-sized eggs, and poop (I'm sure) just as well as a chicken does.
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[User Picture]From: lunarcamel
2008-03-01 10:40 pm (UTC)
And the noises they make are SO CUTE! I love guinea fowl.
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[User Picture]From: volksjager
2008-03-01 09:02 pm (UTC)
If that's the law it certainly is NOT enforced. Walk down Mass ave past the Hospital and you see and hear many a hispanic woman out feeding the chickens or seethe guts and heads in the street.
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From: bikergeek
2008-03-01 09:19 pm (UTC)
It's not uncommon in places outside the First World for people in urban areas to keep small quantities of livestock in backyards. Was common in this country up through the Second World War.
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[User Picture]From: ihavemeaning
2008-03-02 12:56 am (UTC)
So cute! I'd worry about them during the very cold weather, which is another major concern. Cute bunny, by the way. Is she yours?
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[User Picture]From: siphen
2008-03-01 10:45 pm (UTC)
I know a family who live in a rather affluent metro-west suburb and they had two pet chickens for years, I'd say if their town allowed it ,alot of towns should.
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[User Picture]From: pahsons
2008-03-01 10:51 pm (UTC)
Aah, livestock. Makes me wish my old german shepard was still alive. She could scale 6 foot stockade fences and killed everything she could fit in her mouth. I think one of my neighbors wanted chickens, but decided against it, with my dog constantly running around with rabbits and other wildlife in her mouth.

Do it, I'm sure I'm not the only person who had a dog he could not stop.
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[User Picture]From: ihavemeaning
2008-03-02 12:57 am (UTC)
This is useful. Thank you! I'd move to a place with a protected back yard w/o weird chemicals and stuff. But it is good to know that I'd have to keep oxen off of the street.
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[User Picture]From: stesguitarpick
2008-03-03 03:50 am (UTC)
I have no comment on the subject except for the fact that I was walking around a sketchy area of Central Square (Cambridge) and a chicken came out of this cage that was attached to the side of their house. Scared the fucking shit out of me.
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[User Picture]From: watchamacallit
2008-03-03 02:30 pm (UTC)
As commented above, there is a home outside of Central Square (in Cambridgeport) with chickens and a rooster. Totally fucking annoying if you live near there.
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[User Picture]From: ihavemeaning
2008-03-03 02:34 pm (UTC)
Right, well, I wouldn't get roosters. I appreciate your input. I want to continue to be a good neighbor.
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From: archer823
2008-03-03 07:52 pm (UTC)
Can't have live chickens in Boston? Someone should tell the live poultry shops in Chinatown that.
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