I just wanted to run by the forum on any thoughts on local bye laws and legalities of keeping chickens.
To outline my situation, I live in a small city on an estate where our houses were built in the mid 1930's. They have fairly long gardens, my garden is approximately 150 feet long from the back door to the end boundary.
I have looked on the deeds to my property and there is no mention in the covernance about keeping animals etc.
I have spoken to a number of neighbours and so far none have objected to my proposal, however we have one of my immediate neighbours who are very private, all attempts ever to speak to them is very hard work. Also I have the proverbial nosey neighbour about 3 or 4 houses away who has nothing better to do than poke his nose into everyone elses business, who will probably moan because it will be something new to moan about. :x
Obviously I will speak to my immediate neighbour and let them know of my intentions, I will do everything to ensure that the chickens are kept clean so that both smells and vermin are kept to the minimum, I will set bait traps for rats etc. The chooks will be kept at the far end of the garden, maximum distance from houses, and they will be kept pernamently is a run because we have a number of neighbours cats and dogs, so for their own safety, they need to be contained.
So my question really is, if anyone was to object strongly, can they do anything about it. Is there anywhere I can check to see if I am falling
of the law?