Dang Those Chickens!

Who doesn’t love omelettes for breakfast and chicken sandwiches at other times of the week? But just keep those chickens out of my backyard!

Backyard chicken coops are one of the privileges of rural living. Two or three laying hens can feedĀ a family forever. But the astonishing growth of Homeowners Associations has led to a pathological contempt for any neighbor who dares keep a pet chicken.

We’re not talking about roosters crowing at the crack of dawn, here. Just chickens.

But for many of the growing number of condo commandos and lawn nazis a backyard chicken is about as attractive as ticks on a picnic blanket.

Oh, the omelette’s OK. Just as long as it has no connection to my neighborhood.



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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

3 thoughts on “Dang Those Chickens!

  1. Nila

    Giving this some thought…

    Chickens weigh about one pound, produce yummy eggs daily, and don’t make a noticeable noise, but are not allowed in my HOA!

    Yet, we have dogs big enough to saddle and bridle, they bark loud enough to wake the dead, they must eat a ton based on their deposits onto the common ground, and the HOA provides poop cans and clean up service paid for by the dues. Most of my neighbors have 2 or 3 of these horses…opps, I mean dogs.

    Nope, none of this makes logical sense!

    If you want a tiny chicken and a fresh egg a day move out to the country, but if two one hundred pound dogs suit your fancy you will be happily welcomed into my HOA!

      1. Nila

        Oh Ward! Did you have to say THAT???? LOL

        I love dogs, too, but I also enjoy fresh-laid chicken eggs…much more than fresh-laid poo on my shoe!


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