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Backyard Chickens Seek Stay

Friday, Cobb County Code Enforcement told the Pond family that they have five business days to remove the hens off their property. The Ponds' will ask Commissioners for inclusion on the January docket at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting.

All is not well in the chicken coop.

Despite repeated attempts, Joseph Pond has not been able to get a county variance change so that his family can keep their backyard chickens.

Last week Judge Juanita Stedman dismissed Pond's civil suit against Cobb County government because he failed to serve the offices within five days, per the law.

On Friday, Cobb County Code Enforcement visited Pond's home before he received the Court Order and told him that he has five business days to remove the hens.

"I have found a beginner backyard chicken guy in East Point that is going to re-home most of my hens. While I had many generous offers to take in my girls, it makes me feel good to help out a fellow backyard chicken supporter. Since East Point is more progressive than Cobb County, the girls will be safe and legal there," Pond told Northeast Cobb Patch in a statement.

At Tuesday's meeting, The Cobb County Board of Community Development is set to discuss with Commissioners a proposal by Pond and The Backyard Chickens Alliance of Cobb County for inclusion on the January docket. Commissioners will vote on the inclusion.

Pond will find a foster home for his Silkie and Polish chickens until he can get the law changed, he said.

If Pond does not remove the chickens from his property he faces a $1,000 fine.

Pam J November 22, 2011 at 10:55 PM
Cobb County ain't what it used to be. Used to be a lot of country areas where you could have chickens, park in the yard, do what you wanted with your house. Now we have subdivisions where the houses are close together and neighborhood associations that want to tell you what to do and what not to do. Progress is good most of the time, but when you lose your freedom little by little, maybe it's not so good after all. Good luck to the chickens!
Marlene Mitchell November 23, 2011 at 01:02 PM
As long as there is a limit to the number of chickens you can have I don't see what the problem is. Sure, 100 chickens on 1/4 of an acre lot with a home would be a problem in terms of management and health of the chickens but also for the smell. A small flock of ten or so on a small lot shouldn't be a problem. Fresh eggs and fertilizer is a real plus. I agree with Pam. Good luck!
Joseph Pond November 23, 2011 at 05:14 PM
The Board of Commissioners would not support our proposal to let the People have their say thru public forums about Backyard Chickens. Not only have you lost the right, but you didn't even get a say in it. Please support HB2, the Right to Grow Act, thru www.gafoodrights.org

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