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Good Food Gwinnett Message Board › Gwinnett County Coalition for Free Chickens!!!

Gwinnett County Coalition for Free Chickens!!!

Kim P.
user 11536928
Snellville, GA
Post #: 88
Backyard chicken farmers across the nation share several things in common. Everyday, they have a fresh, organic, disease and chemical free supply of eggs! Not only are they tastier, but they have higher amounts of vitamins and minerals and lower cholesterol then their store bought counterparts.

Unfortunately, if you live in Unincorp Gwinnett County, you may be allowed to join this group of lucky urban chicken keepers.

Right now in Gwinnett County you have to be zoned either RA-200 or have 3 acres of land in order to have the right to keep chickens on your property. Chicken coops are usually smaller than a common tool shed, so why are 3 acres needed?

Many cities and counties across the nation are currently changing their ordinance laws to allow a small number of hens to be kept on smaller lots. Last Monday we let the County Commissioners know that we intend to change this ordinance as well. We need to begin spreading the word, because the more people who support the cause, the faster our proposal will go through.

There are several ways that you can help too. Email your Gwinnett County Commissioners, let them know that you want this ordinance changed. If you live within city limits, contact your local city councilman. Let them know that backyard chickens would make a perfect addition to your garden.

Times are changing, the FDA and other food inspection agencies are about to suffer severe cut backs leaving food industries vulnerable. With all of the recent egg recalls and the constant fear of factory farm induced diseases like Avian Influenza...it's only going to get worse.

Please let your government know that we mean business. We need to be able to take responsibility for our own food, and this is one great way to do it.

A former member
Post #: 17
Thanks very much for posting this, Kim! It's very interesting! All this land in Gwinnett County is crying out for more chickens! Keep us posted, OK? Thanks! smile
Kim P.
user 11536928
Snellville, GA
Post #: 137
A former member
Post #: 18
Had a little trouble finding this page - the link only works when you view the entire thread. Anyway, here's the link in case anyone else needs it:

http://www.facebook.c...­

This looks like a Group page, so you must log in and then ask to join the group ... is that correct Kim?
Mary B.
user 72446542
Lawrenceville, GA
Post #: 3
Please check the message boards at this MeetUp group: The Atlanta Backyard Poultry Meetup Group.
There are threads about chicken ordinances for Gwinnett County and lots of info. I just posted a message there earlier this morning. --- Mary
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