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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Decatur officials told the owners of a controversial menagerie to clean up, but stopped short of ordering any animals removed.
Decatur officials ordered an Oakhurst couple to clean up their yard, paint their home and relocate a controversial chicken coop, but stopped short of ordering the family to get rid of some of their animals. Stacy Reno’s backyard menagerie ignited a firestorm of comments from friends and defenders and those who thought she kept too many animals in her back yard. The city had earlier notified Reno she could not have goats, but reversed itself when it learned that they were Nigerian pygmy goats. Since 2000, the city has considered the breed pets, not livestock. At one point, the Reno property housed 17 hens, 12 baby chickens, an adult turkey, two ducks, and three pygmy goats in addition to two dogs, two cats, a turtle and pet fish. On Friday…
Monday, April 25, 2011
Oakhurst's self-described "Crazy Chicken Lady" has run afoul of Decatur's zoning laws by having three goats, which may be livestock.
With a blog titled "Crazy Chicken Lady," it's not surprising to discover that Stacy Reno has 20 chickens, 20 baby chicks, a turkey, a duck, and three goats in her Oakhurst backyard. After spending Easter Sunday cleaning her coops, Reno was dismayed to discover a city citation on her door Monday morning, giving her 30 days to remove or relocate her goats. She acquired the Nigerian Dwarf goats about a month ago. “I have seriously been crying all day long," said Reno, a real estate agent. But thanks to the tweeting of a bunch of bleating heart animal lovers, Reno's goats -- named Holy Cow, Little Victor and Button --may not have to move from Oakhurst. Assistant City Manager David Junger, who oversees code enforcement, says the city could …
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Tending chickens takes about as much time as caring for a cat, says Anne-Marie Anderson and she's not a bird-brain
Raising chickens isn't a bird-brained idea, says Anne-Marie Anderson. “They’re considerably less work than a cat, plus you get eggs,” crows Anderson at a recent Oakhurst Community Garden class she taught on raising chickens. Anderson (known to Decaturites through her business, The Celtic Gardener) and her family have tended a flock of six birds for a year. “Chickens are great pest control; chickens are great at poop production,” chirps Anderson, who will repeat her "Chickens are Easy" class on April 16. From her flock, Anderson collects 5-6 eggs a day during summer, and she dotes on her birds as cherished family pets. “They’re wonderful with children," she says. Chicken-raising has become popular as more people return to their roots, …