Backyard chickens are making a comeback as a standard backyard pet, with the added benefits of eating pests (like black widows!!), fertilizing the lawn, eating all the weeds, and providing fresh eggs. I have 5 laying hens- I've raised them since they hatched in April.

In October, my HOA started sending me letters saying that the chickens are a nuisance and a health hazard... they're our family pets!! Much less of a nuisance than barking dogs!! ARGH! Anyway, to keep my chickens, I have to change the rules of my HOA, which means I need to go throughout the neighborhood and collect signatures of 67% of the homeowners in my neighborhood.

I'm in the process of changing the "rules" of my HOA. It would be very helpful to me in my cause to find realtors who are willing to sign a document stating that chickens do not automatically decrease property values. I keep getting mixed messages about this. The Heinrichs have chickens in the University area. It's legal in Albuquerque to keep chickens (and yes, my flock is all in accordance with Ordinance). Chickens have been in backyards for hundreds of years. And I have hens, not a rooster... Anyone willing to help me out??

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Comment by Jennifer on December 9, 2010 at 7:43am
Hey Danielle - Are you on facebook ? There is currently a group here in Albuquerque fighting with city council to pass an oridnance forcing HOA's to allow chickens. They're facebook page is 'Chickens of the Revolution' - http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Chickens-of-the-Revolution/171451519534082

I hope this helped!
Good luck!
Comment by Jennifer on December 9, 2010 at 7:55am
So I was looking at the 'chickens of the revolution facebook page and saw your picture on there! If I come up with any other ideas I'll let you know...
Comment by Daniele C. Kokidajo on December 9, 2010 at 7:58am
Hi, Jennifer!!! I'm not fighting the city council.... just my HOA. :-( It's cool to see that the COTR page is being referred around, though!!!! :-D That totally made my day!!!

So.... anyone here have any realtor friends who agree that chickens are good for us and our property values???
Comment by once banned twice shy on December 9, 2010 at 3:00pm
Well, Daniele, if I were you, I would find the statistics about the highest home values in town without HOAs that prohibit chicken keeping (Country Club, Ridgecrest, Nob Hill are some I can think of off the top of my head) and present that to your HOA. People in my neighborhood keep chickens and I can assure you that property values have not declined due to chickens. I live in NoNob (north of Nob Hill).

HOAs are pure evil. Pure evil, I tells ya.
Comment by killbox on December 9, 2010 at 4:00pm

I lost alot of respect for HOA & Neighborhood Associations, What with the huge lack of communication on the Lead Coal  revamp snafoo

Ive lived on Lead for a good while and all the time they were supposedly in negotiations they did nothing to inform the residents and renters in the area I think it was for fear of loosing their sway on the project.

Comment by Daniele C. Kokidajo on December 9, 2010 at 5:13pm

Once banned, I need to tell you...   I've been wracking my brain, consulting lawyers, consulting friends, consulting the news, have a solid page on Facebook for my chicken dilemma, and in all these cases I've described my situation and most people (including me!) have been stumped on the property value issue and how to address it.

 

May I say that you are a GENIUS!!!!!!!! Such a simple way to approach this...   let's just compare. Let's consult with other HOAs. BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!

 

Yes, HOAs are pure evil. I totally agree. Until now, I've never had a big issue with mine. No matter how this issue gets resolved, I'm going to sell my house and move somewhere without an HOA. The thought used to break my heart, but now I'm looking forward to it. This is CRAZY!

 

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU again!!!

Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on December 9, 2010 at 7:01pm

Fringecrest loves chickens, c'mon down!

Comment by Lahjik on December 9, 2010 at 7:29pm

I know the current climate on the Fix is very pro-yard chicken but I'd have to say that if I was looking to buy a house, I'd be much less willing to make an offer on a house that had chickens in the yards adjoining it.  Even if you keep them according to whatever the rules might be I'd still be very hesitant to buy a house next to yours.  I have personal experience with raising chickens as well as most common North American livestock and I can say that with the exception of goats and pigs, chickens are my least favorite.  They are a vector for disease (since they tend to be susceptible to things carried by wild birds) they do smell and they do make noise and they do attract predators.  I have no doubt that yours are very well taken care of, healthy and could be house trained for all I know, but it would still be a red-flag to me.  I might be the voice of dissent on the Fix (I always seem to be, now that I mention it...) but since property values are kind of nebulous and abstract, I think you do have to take into account that regardless of any 'rules' or prevailing pro-chicken hipness, it's entirely possible that your pets can and will be exiled and that your HOA will be in the right when they do so.  I am no fan of HOA's nor of the type of person who sits on them but their purpose is to protect the investments made by the homeowners.  If urban chickens negatively affect those investments then the HOA would be remiss to not ban them.

Comment by slamwagon on December 9, 2010 at 10:17pm

@ Masshole: We do? Ok.

Comment by hettie on December 9, 2010 at 10:39pm

(sorry to hijack the thread here)

 

"I lost alot of respect for HOA & Neighborhood Associations, What with the huge lack of communication on the Lead Coal  revamp snafoo"

 

killbox, it might be time to let it go.  there is no HOA in university heights; the neighborhood associations and the city communicated throughout the process with property owners, putting the onus on your landlord or property manager to let you know about the project (remember mark motsko from the city asking you to get in touch so he could figure out why your property manager claimed ignorance of the project?); ultimately the project is going to improve the neighborhood for everyone who lives, drives, bikes or walks in it, even maybe for you. 

 

hijack finished

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