Chickens next door?

I’ve lived in Aiken County for 22 years and have a large investment into my second house, where I have lived for the past 12 years.


I have it up for sale and learned that someone in the county administration has brought up the issue of changing the law to allow chickens on our residentially zoned property.

The issue was tabled twice now and will be addressed again July 18, I was told. Why it’s up for discussion is beyond me when you consider the potential aggravation changing the law will create to the public.

I wrote to eight county council members opposing the idea trying to make them understand my objections; only three bothered to give me the courtesy of a response.

First of all, the idea is to allow the chickens on private property but it’s not private property if you are sharing a driveway with a neighbor such as is the case with my neighbor and me.

Secondly, chickens can get a host of diseases like Bird Flu. Coops smell really bad, and chickens have a tendency to get out and travel onto others property and using it as an outhouse — not good for children playing in the yard, and not good to burden law enforcement, adding to their workload when complaints have to be made.

Having said the above, I want to add that most people love their animals until they lose interest and create problems for those who live around them. From my perspective, it makes no sense to create a problem that doesn’t exist now.

Gregory J Topliff

Warrenville, S.C.

Gary McNeal 7 days ago
As i've had a neighbor with chickens once, I don't know so much about the smell and i'm sure other things can carry diseases, but one thing i do know, is when the hawks and foxes find them, it can kinda get messy looking on the landscape. 
Also there Greg, I've heard chickens poop out some pretty  good fertilizer and can be kinda pricy. You got something against free fertilizer? I kinda like hearing those ole roosters crow. You know, like baseball and apple pie!
Val White 7 days ago

The guy that ran our hunt club had chickens.  He put them in a cage every evening to protect them, but gradually, one by one, they disappeared. Foxes and hawks got to them even during the day.

There were two roosters that we used to crack up over some of their silliness.

Before they become some other critters dinner, we had all different colors of eggs.  Guess the country has some different chicken feed.

Jerry Whitcomb 7 days ago
There's nothing a sick, elderly, or retired person who lives in a nice quiet neighborhood loves like a rooster crowing at the crack of dawn next door. 

A pellet gun will fix that. 


Sun, 07/23/2017 - 17:33

Why not fix what’s there?

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 17:31

This is war

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 17:30

A scandal of his own making?

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 22:57

Griffin’s outrage endures