By-Law

Since 1985, Windsor has not allowed its residents to keep backyard chickens.

The current bylaw reads:  

No person shall keep, or cause to be kept, at or in any premises,
(1) more than two (2) of each kind of animal not otherwise prohibited by this by-law...
(2) any domestic fowl, horses, donkeys, mules, cattle, goats, swine, mink, fox, sheep, ferrets, or chinchillas; or
(3) more than eighty (80) pigeons and such pigeons shall be banded with an identifying leg band ...
(4) more than four (4) cats
(5) more than three (3) dogs.

Did you notice you may keep up to 80 pigeons?   It's hard to make a convincing argument against backyard chickens on the basis of the poop they generate, noise levels or any perceived potential health risks, if 80 pigeons do not already pose similar concerns.   It's also very difficult to imagine how two or three hens (not roosters - please remember we're not calling for the legalization of roosters) can be noisier than two large, and perfectly legal, barking dogs.

12 comments:

  1. i feel, that pepole should,have freedom to pick which types of birds they would love and enjoy ,beeing parollettes, bugies, loves birds. or chouse rather than and in side bird , may want to have a out side bird, in side dog out side dog,like such ,has long as they take propper care of there animal and is not bothing no one than be it. how many new laws does the goverment make every year?yes so they need to relax and slow the hell down,and give the pepole a little freedom that makes pepole have ,to spread love and to enjoy memories they can share with there kids. instead of make there pockets fatter on all the laws, i say back off, on this govener and think arent you taking this to far,some times us the pepole are cage up to much by all these redickulous laws give us a break, and dont try taxing this if you pass it lol john from windsor born in windsor and havent left yet lol

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  2. i have a 6 year old daughter im a single parent i have a license with the essex bird ass.i breed birds ,ive gotten my daughter to enjoy hand feeding, parolettes. she really loves it and so do i.i wanted to have a cuople hens ,im low income,so i heard after 6 months they would give us eggs we could eat and enjoy .my daughter i no would really love that since she enjoys eating eggs we buy at the store.and being low income i feel that could help out,also the memories shed hold forever. and a chicken is cheap to feed and it feeds us back,now is that awsome or what?you can buy chicken layers thats meaning ,you dont need to have a rooster that is loud,and making your neibours mad. so mayor, please let the pepole of your city enjoy haveing a few chickens.not roosters has pets for the backyard ,to love them enjoy them has pets and also help me and my daughter save some money and have some freash eggs on the table that in the morning before school she got from the hen house ,and have them to eat with her,is this asking to much?? put a 3 year term on this law, and see where it goes and if goes good mayor. let it stand for you community the family and for the kids. john morneau and daughter sierra.god bless you.. bye .that fish tank your making is going to cost pepole to see that right?great for pepole coming to the city and for pepole with money ,help the ones that live here,and dont have a car or extra money ,who would just love to have a couple cickens for all the best resons...that all ,oh mayor have your self a great day ,your friend john

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  3. what is the bylaw in essex?

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  4. So interested!! how can I help??

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    1. I want to know the same thing! Is there a petit
      ion or do we need to show up at city hall in numbers?

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  5. is this blog still active? i'd love to help - maybe with a newer council we can get the ball rolling on this again?

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  6. Yes, we're still around and we'd love you to help us get this bylaw overturned. Are you on Facebook? Our group is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/111279202234315/

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  7. Just saw this - just applied, can't wait to help out.

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  8. I can understand why people would want to keep even a dozen or two chickens. Whether to eat them, their eggs, or to sell eggs to make a few dollars or pay for their feed and so get the eggs for free.
    But what on Earth is the logic behind keeping pigeons, let alone 80 of them? Is the demand for squab high? Do they eat pigeon eggs?
    Besides, chickens aren't flying around pooping on the whole city! Aren't there enough wild pigeons taking care of that anyhow?
    Let people keep a dozen chickens in their yards and send the pigeons packing.

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  9. Something else that disturbs me....the bylaw appears to forbid pigs, ferrets and chinchillas altogether. Aren't all of those kept in our city's pet stores and sold to anybody with no restrictions as to the location of their intended homes, OR a posting of the bylaw? (Pot bellied pigs, btw)
    This bylaw needs updating however you slice it.

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  10. When someone demented leaves baby chicks in a squashed box in front of your home and you take them in to raise like princesses because you know that no one else will, it is not fair that a couple of spiteful complaining neighbors and the City of Windsor were able to destroy their happy lives!

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    1. That's what my crazy neighbor did , called the bylaw guys on me for having six chickens

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