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Chickens - are we allowed a couple?

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by Brewer, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. Brewer

    Brewer New Member

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    I was curious if we are allows a couple laying hens or if this was against HOA policy. In doing just a bit of research it seems they are allowed most places, both urban and suburban. Even New York City allows residents to have them.

    So, what about Broadlands?

    DMH
     
  2. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    No chickens. Regulations on animals are spelled out in the Broadlands Declaration, Section 8.2 (q)
     
  3. cobymom

    cobymom Sheila Ryan

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    I think that reg should be modified. Why not allow a few chickens?
     
  4. cobymom

    cobymom Sheila Ryan

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    How would a resident ask to change this regulation? Is there a procedure in place to request a change to the HOA docs?
     
  5. cobymom

    cobymom Sheila Ryan

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    It seems that chickens "caged birds" should be allowed as long as the owner of the hens is not using said hens for commercial purposes.

    And no clothes lines, really? Aren't we supposed to be a"green" community?
     
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  6. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    Yes. Whether or not to allow chickens would be at the discretion of the Board of Directors, as spelled out in the above mentioned section.
    If anyone is interested, I suggest you send in a written request to the Board and attend a Board meeting to make your request in person.

    As far as clothes lines, my guess is that clothes lines were seen, back in the 80's when the rule was written, as a sign of low income and "not appropriate" for a community such as ours.
    Snobbish? Yes. Relevant? Probably not. I think it is a typical regulation in most HOAs around here.
     
  7. cobymom

    cobymom Sheila Ryan

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    80"s? I think it was May 16th, 1995.
     
  8. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    Which is the date the Declaration was signed. 99% of the documents were not created new....they are repeats of what has been done elsewhere. Most of the large Ashburn communities got their starts in the late 80's. Look at some of the "amenities" that were part of Broadlands. Like the exercise stations where you are supposed to stop and do a pull up, then go to the next one and do a balance walk, then the next one for a leg stretch, etc...That concept was long over by the mid-90's, yet in the early 2000's we are still installing the stuff.
     
  9. shim

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    What about Goats?
     
  10. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    Goats fall in the same category as chickens. we've had requests for them in the past, too.
     
  11. cobymom

    cobymom Sheila Ryan

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    Can I hire goats to eat the invasive English Ivy encroaching on my property from my next door neighbor?
     
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  12. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    Is that like an organic lawnmower??
     
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    cobymom Sheila Ryan

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    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    We could use them around here...cheaper and definitely organic:)
     
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    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    Guinea fowl - they eat ticks!
     
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    PDILLM Well-Known Member

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    I moved from Western Loudoun to get away from all that!
     
  17. msss2013

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    The hazards of backyard chickens:


    :pofl:
     
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  18. TeamDonzi

    TeamDonzi ShowMeTheMoney!

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    My sis has hens in CA. No rooster! But as much as she loves them and they all have tons of personality, she says they smell really bad, and she cleans their house almost daily.
     
  19. J Williams

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    As someone who has lived in a rural village with guinea fowl and chickens, trust me, they are not neighbor friendly. Guinea fowl are particularly loud.
     
  20. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    I'll take guinea fowl over my neighbor's leaf blower AND ticks, any day. :happygrin:
     

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