Backyard Chickens http://michiganradio.org en Feathers fly in Flint over backyard chickens http://michiganradio.org/post/feathers-fly-flint-over-backyard-chickens <p>One of Flint’s leading urban farmers is being told she has to get rid of her chickens.</p><p></p><p>Roxanne Adair operates a commercial urban farm in Flint. She sells the produce from her two-acre farm at the local farmers market and to individual clients. She also keeps eight chickens in her home's backyard.&nbsp;&nbsp; She’s been raising chickens in her backyard for the past few years.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Adair says she eats many of the eggs herself and gives others away. She admits she will also sell another dozen or so a week. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:41:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18022 at http://michiganradio.org Feathers fly in Flint over backyard chickens The new right-to-farm requirements and backyard animals http://michiganradio.org/post/new-right-farm-requirements-and-backyard-animals <p></p><p>Recent changes in the Michigan right-to farm requirements have drawn criticisms from those worried it may curtail their ability to keep bees, chickens, or other farm animals in their backyards.</p><p>But are these changes as threatening to urban farming as detractors fear?</p><p>Writer Anna Clark has looked into the revisions in the right-to farm requirements and she believes the answer is “no.”</p><p><em>*Listen to the full show above.</em></p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:04:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 17829 at http://michiganradio.org The new right-to-farm requirements and backyard animals Controversial Right to Farm decision expected Monday http://michiganradio.org/post/controversial-right-farm-decision-expected-monday <p>A state board is likely to make a decision today&nbsp;on a controversial rule that would end certain legal protections for people raising chickens and other livestock in residential areas.</p><p>The rule change would take protections under the state’s Right to Farm Act away from people living in residentially zoned areas. The changes would not outlaw backyard chickens and other livestock.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:24:51 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17366 at http://michiganradio.org Controversial Right to Farm decision expected Monday Backyard farmers to lose Right to Farm protection? http://michiganradio.org/post/backyard-farmers-lose-right-farm-protection <p>Life could soon get a little harder for backyard farmers.</p><p>A law passed in 1981 protects Michigan farmers from nuisance lawsuits. It’s called the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1599_1605---,00.html">Right to Farm Act</a>.&nbsp; It was created to protect farmers from angry neighbors who were moving out into rural areas from cities.</p><p>At the moment, the law also protects people who raise chickens and other animals in their backyards.</p><p>Wendy Banka lives in Ann Arbor.&nbsp; She has seven chickens with orange feathers living in a coop in her backyard.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:52:02 +0000 Rebecca Williams 16428 at http://michiganradio.org Backyard farmers to lose Right to Farm protection? Changes could be on horizon for backyard farmers http://michiganradio.org/post/changes-could-be-horizon-backyard-farmers <p>Many small and urban farms could lose the protection of Michigan's Right to Farm Act.</p><p>The Act protects farmers against nuisance lawsuits if they follow Michigan's Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPS).</p><p>The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development wants to exclude farms with fewer than 50 animals from Right to Farm protection if those farms are in areas zoned exclusively residential.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:45:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16119 at http://michiganradio.org Changes could be on horizon for backyard farmers