Is poultry on properties fowl play?

NEW ZEALAND - Poultry keeping bylaws, soon to be reviewed, could spell changes for those tending the birds on residential properties.

Manukau City Council clean environment manager, Mohammed Hassan says work is underway to examine whether the situation has changed since the consolidated bylaw on animals, poultry and bees was introduced in 1992.

He says the bylaw may still be valid but the review will look at a number of options regarding issues raised in it, possibly including the number of animals and effects on neighbouring properties.

“It’ll be quite a detailed analysis of looking at all those issues,” says Mr Hassan.

“There’s a whole raft of other bylaws that are being looked at together, so all of that should come through in the next couple of months.”

Chickens on neighbouring properties caused a stir this year, with the smell, flies, run off and bird droppings being of particular concern to some residents (Times, January 19).

calendar icon 26 January 2006
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