TAYLOR MILL, Ky. — Taylor Mill resident Darrell Again began elevating chickens final 12 months. He bought a rooster, Charlie, to observe over his three hens. On the time, he discovered no legal guidelines prohibiting his holding of the hens or the rooster.
He stated he went in regards to the 12 months with out incident. However in July 2022, he obtained unwelcome information from town: The hens might keep however Charlie needed to go.
It seems that in Might of 2022, town had handed a regulation regulating the holding of chickens and prohibiting roosters altogether throughout the metropolis limits. Again was fined $100 and given 10 days to discover a new residence for his rooster.
Somebody to observe over them
Again stated his chickens have grown to depend on Charlie.
“My largest concern proper now, the hens are so used to that rooster,” Again stated. “He watches out for the hawks within the space whereas they wander away and do their very own factor. If I take my rooster away they aren’t going to be watching the skies, they’re so used to him being there.”
He additionally stated he didn’t really feel it was truthful to have to surrender the chicken when it had been, he believes, authorized to have him for near a 12 months. He has retained a lawyer to struggle to maintain Charlie.
His lawyer, legal professional Zachary Smith, despatched a letter to town making the argument that the rooster was a permitted use earlier than the ordinance was handed and must be allowed to proceed as a nonconforming use. He pointed to KRS 100.253 that states “the lawful use of a constructing or premises present on the time of the adoption of any zoning rules affecting it could be continued although such use doesn’t conform to the provisions of such rules.”
A member of the family who lives in a rural space stated they could have the ability to take Charlie if Again is compelled to let him go, however Again famous that he’s not asking for an extended time period and stated he hoped he might persuade town to let him hold Charlie a bit longer.
“I don’t actually really feel I ought to need to do away with him as a result of there was not a regulation towards it after I bought him,” Again stated. “I really feel that’s just a little unfair. I perceive they handed the regulation, and now I can’t have him anymore. However I really feel I ought to have the ability to hold mine till he passes.”
Roosters would not have an extended life span — they normally stay between 4 and eight years on common — and Charlie is in his second 12 months.
The rooster ordinance
Taylor Mill Metropolis Administrator Brian Haney stated town had lengthy had an ordinance prohibiting roosters, however a change in what ordinances have been in place created an inadvertent and unintended opening that allowed the rooster in 2021.
“The town had all the time had an anti-rooster ordinance in addition to an interlocal settlement with the county. Individuals have been allowed chickens however they weren’t allowed a rooster,” he defined. “Then in 2020, the county animal management requested us to undertake their countywide ordinance so there could be uniformity in how they’d administrate the whole lot in every particular person metropolis.”
The town agreed, he stated, however didn’t notice on the time that Kenton County’s animal management ordinances didn’t handle the holding of chickens, roosters or some other fowl.
“Once we adopted their ordinance, it outmoded ours,” Haney stated. “Mainly, removed ours. The county’s new ordinance doesn’t handle chickens in any respect. As soon as we realized that, and folks have been beginning to complain, we had to return and reinstitute a complete new ordinance to say sure, you might be allowed chickens underneath these circumstances however completely no roosters.”
The town handed the brand new ordinance in Might of this 12 months. It permits for as much as six chickens for private use and units the circumstances and placement of coops, nevertheless it outright prohibits roosters.
Again is ready for town’s response to his letter. Within the meantime, Charlie is on the job holding watch over his angels.
This story was initially printed on Linknky.com, a media companion of WCPO.com.
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