Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Neighbor Squawks about Chickens in Yard

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Neighbor Squawks about Chickens in Yard

Article excerpt

Ross commissioners Monday paved the way for a LaQuinta Inn to become an assisted living facility and heard a complaint about chickens.

Resident Carla Witherel said her neighbor has 15 chickens that fly over a fence into her yard. Chickens are noisy, leave an "offensive odor" and carry mites and lice, she said.

"We were shocked to learn that the current ordinance of Ross Township does not limit the number of chickens," she said. "We should not have to deal with a neighbor's chicken in our yard."

Mrs. Witherel said the township's nuisance ordinance does not allow animals to run loose or scratch, dig or defecate on another's property. Her neighbor's chickens do all of that, she said.

As it turns out, zoning administrator Dominic Rickert recently drafted an amendment to the ordinance after hearing complaints about chickens on another property.

The amendment would limit residents to three chickens per parcel of land; limit chicken ownership to homes in districts zoned R1, R2 and R3; and require that chicken coops be at least 10 square feet per chicken housed there. …

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