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Update:  July 2012: Judge Lawrence Katz ruled that Victor Alfieri is not guilty of violating a town law by keeping three hens on his property.  Here is the article by Dan Hubbard, my favorite reporter:  


Here’s the background on Victor’s story:


Victor Alfieri who is running a valiant campaign to get the town of Wayne, NJ to change their chicken law.  I live in Wayne and I am for this change.  Currently you have to own 2 acres to raise chickens, who can afford 2 acres in Wayne?  And where can you find 2 acres in Wayne to buy?  When I was growing up Wayne had plenty of farms, now we have ONE.  When the developers starting paying off the politicians the farms disappeared as did the majority of trees.

Victor has worked hard on his fight, I’m sure the council people thought he would go away, but he didn’t.  And now the movement is growing.  At the final vote for the change, after a year and a half of discussions the council people decided they needed to discuss it some more.  If I hadn’t been there I never would have believed their behavior.  Accusations were flying and they were acting worse than 3rd graders, I was embarrassed for our town.  These are the people that represent us?  Even one member of the council that had helped to make the revisions voted it down!  How incredible is that?  Well that debacle will just make the movement stronger.

Here is the Podcast location for Victor, he brings up a lot of good information:   (Episode 883) Podcast Interview with Victor Alfieri on the Urban Homesteading Movement
With Jack from The Survival Podcast

Here is Victor’s website:

And here is Wayne’s proposed town ordinance that needs to go through:

The Planning Board will be recommending a change to the Township Council to permit chickens with the following standards:

For properties 10,000 square feet or greater but less than 2 acres. The keeping of no more than 4 chicken hens, provided that the following criteria are met:

(a) there shall be 2 square feet of coop area per chicken hen;
(b) coops shall be no closer than 10 feet to the rear property line;
(c) coops shall be no closer than 10 feet to the side property line;
(d) coops shall be located in a rear yard or a side yard; coops are not permitted in a front yard;
(e) there shall be provided a minimum 35 square feet of run area; Max 85 Sq. Ft.
(f) runs shall be located in a rear yard or a side yard; runs are not permitted in a front yard;
(g) roosters shall not be permitted;
(h) there shall be no breeding;
(i)  there shall be no slaughtering
(j) no selling of the eggs
(k) $25.00 yearly fee

An acre is 43,560 square feet.
10,000 square feet a little less
than a 1/4 acre.


Chicken Prepper

The town of Wayne, where I live  is currently deciding on whether to allow chickens on smaller parcels.  Currently they allow chickens on 2 acres or larger pieces of properties and in this suburban town having 2 acres of land is a rarity.   Victor Alfieri, a Wayne resident started this fight a year and a half ago, after a neighbor complained to the town about his 3 chickens (his property is under 2 acres).  Victor and his wife have been trying to live a sustainable life and he grows all his own vegetables… we need so many more people like that.    He even has a business of putting in gardens for others, you can check his website out at Woodlot Farms.

I don’t have current plans to raise chickens but I would like the option of doing so on my property, which is also under 2 acres.  Raising 3 chickens can’t possibly be that noisy and the benefits of having fresh eggs and getting rid of ticks make it very worth it.

Many years ago, when I was 14 years old my friend and I hatched and raised two chickens and kept them in her backyard when they grew up (I snuck the baby hens into my room for a couple of nights until my mother found out) and I was shocked that when we put them in my friend’s backyard, her crabby neighbor didn’t complain so that’s proof that 2 or 3 chickens don’t make that much noise, especially since the chickens we had were in an area right near the crabby neighbor’s bedroom window but hidden by bushes.   He sure did complain about everything else we did, so it was kind of a triumph for us that he never saw the chickens.

The preppers movement is here and we all have to fight for our rights for sustainability.  I plan on expanding my gardens, including the one in the front yard this year.

Here is the link to read more about the chicken fight:  Wayne Man Fights to Keep His Three Chickens

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