I originally asked my backyard neighbor if it would be OK to have a coop and chickens. (Over three years ago)
He said yes but I didn't get it in writing. His home is within 80 feet of my coop with 19 hens.
I believe either he or someone he knows made a complaint and now I'm done.
Why can his tree cause me work (I have to clean my pool at least 3 times a day, every day) and I don't have to sign anything so he can keep it? And yet, my hens cause him no work and he can decide if I can keep them. The city inspector that came by said my yard looked great but that I would need my neighbors permission to keep my chickens.
What is wrong with this city?
I'm so sorry to hear of your problematic neighbor! It really doesn't seem fair that your pets and hard work are at the whim of someone else. Sounds like an unfortunate, but good lesson for the rest of us to follow city ordinances and get the neighbor's permission in writing if you're like us here in Phoenix! Luckily we own the home next to us that is within that 80' distance...
Can you talk with him and see if you can change his mind, come to a compromise? Can you move your coop (at least temporarily) to be 80' away from the problematic neighbor and toward a more sympathetic one?
DW and I went over with a notary and they signed it!!!
Just wish I could have roos!
congratulations, it would be interesting to us to know what the 'tipping point' of that conversation was ... what changed their minds?
The inspector told me that only the neighbor who's home was within 80 feet of my coop had to sign.
If the other neighbors had to sign, I'd be out of business.
Oh, and I have to fax that signed affidavit to the inspector on Monday so he can put it "on file".
I heard about that "practice" and also that some banks are actively doing the same thing - complain about anything they can to sell a home in a distressed neighborhood. Takes the 'neighbor' out of the hood.