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Proposal to own chickens in Cary plucked

Posted July 25, 2008

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— The Town Council on Thursday rejected a proposal to allow local residents to own chickens.

The proposal would have reclassified chickens so residents would be able to have coops in their backyards. Current rules require at least an acre of property and a special permit to own chickens.

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  • chickenlittle Jul 28, 2008

    The meeting shows that this issue goes way beyond whether or not chickens would be acceptable in the town. It clearly shows that the comments made about how Cary is stuck up and elitist are reflected by the council and transitively the community that elected them. As a Cary resident, it's disgraceful how they would not even pursue facts. It's not like they were voting about whether to have chickens, the motion was to decide whether they should find out the facts and then make a decision at a later date. I worry about what other community issues the council will ignore based upon misconceptions and prejudices. Or is this really the Cary that we think of as "a world class city"?

  • thirdandlong Jul 25, 2008

    CHICKENS IN CARY???....Only if they are Cordon Bleu with a Chardonnay

  • NC Reader Jul 25, 2008

    "Nearly all of us keep chickens. The next door neighbor has a rescued race horse. Further up you will find rescued donkeys as well as goats and alpacas.

    Our mail boxes don't match, we don't water our lawns because we need the water for the fruit trees and veggie gardens, and everyone is happy because, well, we're too busy in our own yards to notice the neighbors' yards."

    hawk_fan: Your "unzoned piece of paradise" sounds wonderful! Your neighbors must be, too, if they rescue animals. I hope that your community gets to stay that way.

  • Sir Freezy McQuackers Jul 25, 2008

    Oops, meant to say Carrboro. Chapel Hill allows them, too, but it's more restricted.

  • Sir Freezy McQuackers Jul 25, 2008

    "And for those who seem to actually be criticising the no chickens in Cary -- please tell me any other nearby city, town or municipality that allows this within city/town/municipality limits."

    Raleigh, Chapel Hill

  • hawk_fan Jul 25, 2008

    "I agree. People just jump on any excuse to bash Cary. Do you all want a bunch of smelly, squawking chickens and roosters in the yard next to you?"

    After meeting their smelly, squawking kids? No problem!

    Seriously, welcome to our beautiful unzoned piece of paradise. Nearly all of us keep chickens. The next door neighbor has a rescued race horse. Further up you will find rescued donkeys as well as goats and alpacas.

    Our mail boxes don't match, we don't water our lawns because we need the water for the fruit trees and veggie gardens, and everyone is happy because, well, we're too busy in our own yards to notice the neighbors' yards.

    And...the city of Cary would love to annex our property, so I will bash away.

  • Road-wearier Jul 25, 2008

    I note that the peeps who are clucking the loudest about this being a birdbrained decision don't seem to actually LIVE here in Cary.

    What would have happened is that the subdivisions with homeowners associations would have prohibited poultry immediately, with the net effect that all the chickens would end up in the older parts of Cary that have no such associations. Some of us like to live in the older parts of town as they have something called character which is sadly lacking in the newer areas. And most of us in these older areas weren't happy about this poultry proposal.

    If you live in Cary and want it to be like Raleigh, move to Raleigh. That's the whole point of the free market, isn't it? Freedom? I live in Cary because I want it to be like Cary...that may be kind of unexciting compared to Raleigh but then I may like it that way.

  • silvfx Jul 25, 2008

    as a Cary resident I wouldnt have an issue with a few chickens that were kept in a well maintained enviroment. Not sure about a rooster though!!! I am also from the north so there goes the theory on yankees and cary being so uptight. And by the way I always thought the south was a friendly place, not true, I cannot believe the number of hateful messages about people from other parts of the country. In NY nobody cares where you are from, its not an issue. What really makes me laugh is the people on here who trash cary but had no problem selling the land for development or working on building the houses or continue to work in Cary. Sounds like a hypocrite to me. Time to get over the south is changing.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Jul 25, 2008

    "And for those who seem to actually be criticising the no chickens in Cary -- please tell me any other nearby city, town or municipality that allows this within city/town/municipality limits. I doubt Cary is blazing any trails here with this ruling."

    I agree. People just jump on any excuse to bash Cary. Do you all want a bunch of smelly, squawking chickens and roosters in the yard next to you?

  • hometechnc Jul 25, 2008

    ! here - here ! ...hawk_fan, well said.
    And the South shall rise up again...and these Northerners shall be imprisoned within the confines of said Subdivisons!

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