- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha woman whose backyard chickens ruffled her neighbors’ feathers has hatched several plans in an effort to keep her domesticated fowl, despite a judge’s recent ruling against her.

A judge ruled Wednesday that Stacy Williams must get rid of the chickens because they violate 40-year-old neighborhood covenants banning livestock and poultry.

Williams and her attorney plan to appeal or challenge the ruling and collect signatures on a petition seeking to abolish the covenants, the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1ML8aXI ) reported. Williams needs more than half of the homeowners in her neighborhood to sign off on the effort, and she already has collected signatures from 46 of the 77 homeowners in her Trentwood addition, but she still needs to get them notarized.

“We’re going to do everything we can to keep them,” she said, before adding sarcastically: “The other option, I guess, is to slaughter all my chickens and hang them up in my yard for the Perrys’ benefit. But I’m guessing the Humane Society wouldn’t be happy with that.”

Williams has been raising backyard chickens since 2014.

“We’re definitely worried about it,” she said of the judge’s order to get rid of the chickens. “This whole thing has just completely upset any peace in our house.”

Her neighbors, Brad and Lynn Perry, complained earlier this year after Williams expanded her garden from a small plot to a 2,000-square-foot area. The chickens stay in a coop in the northwest corner of Williams’ backyard, as far away from the Perrys’ house as possible.

The Perrys and their attorney, Eric Kruger, said they were pleased with the judge’s ruling.

“All we can do is respect the judge’s ruling and also wish the very best for Ms. Williams and her son,” Lynn Perry said.

The next hearing on the case is scheduled for Oct. 1.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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