Thursday, April 30, 2009

Asheville City Chickens on Television

Asheville City Chickens was featured on WSPA News Channel 7 Today.  The video features interviews with both Jenny Mercer and Scott Barnwell.  Check out the video here.  It's great to see positive press about urban chickens.  The report linked urban chickens with sustainability efforts and shows how much impact people can have with even a small urban lot.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Great Article on (a wonderful resource for all things urban chicken) has written up a rather flattering summary of the Asheville City Chickens efforts to effect changes in Asheville's Animal Control Ordinances.  You can check it out here.

Distance from Coop to Neighbors Reduced

Last night City Council amended the current Asheville City animal ordinance to reduce the distance from coop to neighbor from 100 feet to now only 50 feet. Roosters are now illegal in the city. We're grateful for all the new friendships created around this important issue of creating a more sustainable Asheville! Thanks for writing those letters to City Council. It worked.

Here's what needs to happen next. We must all work to help educate ourselves, our neighbors and our community about responsible chicken ownership. In six months, the city will review the entire ordinance and look at how many and what kind of complaints the Animal Control Officers receive about our chickens. We want to show the city we can be responsible neighbors and pet owners! How?

Join our FIRST community meet-up next month to discuss. This is just one of the many ways to improve the quality of our food, responsible pet ownership and local sustainable agriculture. Be part of a solution.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Letter of Support from Buncombe County GOP

Buncombe County GOP recently presented Asheville City Chickens with this letter of support regarding our efforts to have the City relax their current urban chickens regulations.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Latest Staff Report

You can find the latest staff report regarding the Animal Control Ordinance here.  There have been a few changes, but hopefully this will be the last copy (this is the version attached to the agenda.  Thanks for everyone's support and we hope to have a great turn out on Tuesday night!

Bumper Stickers Now Available Online

For everyone who has been waiting to get a bumper sticker, you can now purchase them online.  They look exactly like the picture below and measure approximately 12" x 3".  Procedes go to support the continued efforts of Asheville City Chickens.  Order one today by clicking here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

MountainX Article

Asheville City Chickens was featured in an article in the Mountain Xpress. Check out the article and help the cause by adding your positive comments on the article page. Thanks to MountainX for the write-up and thanks for everyone's help so far. Check it out here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

City Staff Report

Dear Friends of Asheville City Chickens,

Take some time and read the attached staff report. It includes some
hard earned victories! The city staff has reduced their budget
request for the enforcement and changed the mandatory inspections to,
"they "'may" inspect". All this was per our request and supported by
data from other cities. The distance requirement is confusing, see
Section 3-9(a) 3, but still looks like 50 feet coop to house, or 10
feet to property line. It is written in an odd way, but look it over
and see what you think. I am not a lawyer.

Now the trick is to get the council to pass this.

Please come, Tuesday April 28, and bring your friends. There is still
time to email also,

Victory party to be announced, but a beer and decompressing if we are
still standing at Asheville Pizza on Coxe Avenue.

Thanks for helping us all to enjoy our chickens,


View the attachment here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

How to get involved with Asheville City Chickens

Chickens have quickly become a hot topic around town with the April 28, 2009 City Council Meeting looming (the meeting where proposed changes to the Animal Control Ordinance will be discussed).  I wanted to take an opportunity to put out some information for those who are interested in becoming more involved with Asheville City Chickens.  

Right now our primary means of spreading the website, we enourage you to check back often to see what is going on.  Even after the April 28, 2009 meeting we plan on continuing to spread information about raising chickens in Asheville and allowing Asheville City Chickens to continue to evolve in its education aspects.  Spread the address,

For discussions about all things related to chickens in Asheville check out our Yahoo Group.  You can sign up for the mailing list and use it to get involved with others who having been raising chickens for a while as well as those who are brand new.  Check it out here

To network with others involved with Asheville City Chickens check out the Facebook here.  If you join the Asheville City Chickens group you can get notifications through Facebook of the most pressing issues going on with Asheville City Chickens.

Become a Twitter follower so that you can get up to the minute updates on what is going on with Asheville City Chickens and to help us spread the work through retweeting our updates.  Check it out here.

Right now we can really use your help by signing on to the petition to help relax restrictions of urban chickens in Asheville (here).  We can also use your help in letting Asheville City Council know that you support urban chickens in Asheville by shooting them an e-mail to

Thanks for all your help and we hope to see you at BoBo's on April 17th at 5:30pm and City Council on April 28th at 5:00pm.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sign the Petition

A petition just went up regarding the proposed changes to Asheville's Animal Control Ordinance. Please sign it and pass it around. Help get Urban Chickens in Asheville. Sign the petition at

Friday, April 10, 2009

Pre-Council Rally at BoBo Gallery (Updated)

Date: April 17th 5:30 - 6:15
Location: Bobo Gallery, 22 Lexington Avenue

Come out to Bobo Gallery to learn about (and support) changes to the City of Asheville's Animal Control Ordinance making it easier for people to have backyard chickens.  Join us to ensure passage of favorable urban chicken ordinance on Tuesday, April 28th at City Council Meeting.  You can find proposed changes to the ordinance here.  We will have bumper stickers available for purchase and will have a drawing for door prizes for those in attendance.  Please forward this event to those in your address book and invite your friends and neighbors.

Make sure to stick around for networking and beer drinking afterwards at Green Drinks.

Don't forget Asheville City Chickens is now on Twitter!  Help get the word out by encouraging people to add us to their followers.  

Monday, April 6, 2009

Draft Animal Control Ordinance

You can check out the text of the current draft of the proposed changes to the City of Asheville Animal Control Ordinance here.

This draft is still subject to revision and changes right up until City Council votes on it, but it looks like it will require 50ft from neighboring houses and 10ft from property lines.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

From the Asheville City Chickens Yahoo Group

Dear Friends of Asheville City Chickens,

Finally! City Council will take up the proposed new animal ordinance
that includes our hard fought backyard chicken liberation.

Tuesday, April 28, 5:00 at the City Hall council chambers. City Hall is the building next to the courthouse. It has art deco pink top.

The staff will present a broad revision including dogs and chains,
bees, maybe goats, and of course chickens. We have been told lots of things by lots of people about the final content of the revisions. We know that they will recommend reducing the distance requirement. We have heard that they will present 50 feet coop to neighbor's house or 10 feet coop to property line, and we have also heard 25 feet coop to neighbor's house or 10 feet coop to property line, both from fairly reliable sources. Either way, it is a huge improvement over the previous 100 feet coop to neighbor's house. I don't know about the fencing or coop requirements, or permits. Go on line a few days before to read the final revisions.

We will probably not be up before 7:00, though the meeting starts at
5:00. There will be time for public comment. One of us will probably
take the 10 minutes and speak on behalf of Asheville City Chickens.
There will open overflow rooms and if you wind up there, you will still be able to speak.

***Please email city council and let them know why Asheville should enact a favorable chicken ordinance!

AshevilleNCCouncil@ ashevillenc. gov ***THIS IS IMPORTANT! 

We have no guarantees that council will pass this. If they table it, we are in for an even longer haul. There may be many naysayers who come as well and offer up negative comments so we need to be pro-active and SPEAK UP. Email city council now. It doesn't have to be a long note. If you'd like, add post your letter on the list serve!

But also, prepare to celebrate, buy chicks, build coops, eat eggs and
love spring! Stay tune for news of the party, and send in suggestions and venues for how you would like to celebrate.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Chicken Coop in Oakley

This coop belongs to Corey B. in Oakley.