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Chickens Limited Under New Warren Ordinance

New rules set limits on poultry populations.

After months of careful study and discussion of issues—including "rooster rights"—the Warren Township Committee approved an ordinance setting limits on how many chickens residents can count after they're hatched...on an acre-and-a-half of property.

The ordinance was passed unanimously and without further comment at the Dec. 13 meeting.

The committee began discussing the issue after hearing complaints from residents about neighbors raising fowl and creating disturbances. Using a similar ordinance from Hopewell Township, the committee adjusted the permitted numbers of chickens, geese, ducks and other fowl that will be permitted within the township.  

The committee removed sections of the ordinance that would have applied to other farm animals.

Also, the ordinance does not affect residents who had been raising fowl before passage of the ordinance, "grandfathering" such activities in. 

Beth December 19, 2012 at 05:58 PM
So in Warren you can own a gun but not chickens if your lot is under 1 1/2 acres. Glad we have our priorities straight in town. I'm sorry to see Warren losing it's rural characteristics that made it such a great place to come home to everyday after work.
Larry Pearce December 19, 2012 at 07:18 PM
so what you are saying is that the people that made this new ordinance to come about are grandfathered in? guess you showed them!
JCP December 20, 2012 at 12:02 AM
SOME PEOPLE NEED TO GO NOT CHICKENS
John Patten (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Beth-You can have chickens on a 1½-acre lot, but you can't keep roosters. The ordinance limits the number of chickens to prevent people from having too many.
John Patten (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Larry—it's common practice to for people to be grandfathered in when the laws change. It's been a legal standard for many years.
Janna O'Neil February 19, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Where can I find this ordinance? I looked on the town website and could not find it!

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