Top 10 ways YOU can help the cause!

1.  Because some areas of Lee County already allow backyard chicken keeping while others do not, educate yourself about what the ordinances are where you live.  LeeChickens.org has links and maps to help you navigate the ordinances. 2.  Send research and information supporting the benefits of BYC keeping to Rachell at Rachell@LeeChickens.org so she can […]

10th Annual Burrowing Owl Festival

What: 10th Annual Burrowing Owl Festival When: 2/25/12 10am-4pm $5 suggested donation (proceeds support Friends of the Wildlife) Where: Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral, FL 33914. Description: Rachell has been invited to attend this event and will be collecting signatures on the petition.  She will bring a few of her […]

Buy Local, Circle S Ranch

The Circle S Ranch has been in business for 30 years!  They are based in North Fort Myers, FL. The Circle S sells birds as well as fertilized eggs. By visiting their website you’ll find they offer year-round meats (including chicken, duck, and turkey), eggs, and fresh herbs. Find the Circle S Ranch on the […]

What breeds are right for you?

Chicken breed charts: http://www.backyardchickens.com/breeds/breed-chart http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html Heritage Breeds: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/1976-03-01/The-Big-Chicken-Chart.aspx

What’s the law in your area? Check local ordinances here:

Warning:  Some of it is a bit fuzzy and open to interpretation. Incorporated Areas of Lee County (they make their own rules): City of Fort Myers: http://library.municode.com/HTML/13900/level3/SPAADCO_CH54NU_ARTIINGE.html#SPAADCO_CH54NU_ARTIINGE_S54-5KECEANFOALREDI Fort Myers Beach: http://library.municode.com/HTML/14562/level2/PTIICOOR_CH6AN.html Bonita Springs: http://www.cityofbonitasprings.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/11-__-LDC-4-Zoning-11-19-10.pdf Sanibel/Captiva: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientID=10937&stateID=9&statename=Florida Cape Coral:  http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Florida/capecoral_fl/codeofordinances/chapter4animalsandfowl?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:capecoral_fl$anc=JD_4-32 Anything else falls under Unincorporated Lee County:  http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientID=10131&stateID=9&statename=Florida

Are you zoned “Agriculture”?

Lee County Zoning Map:  http://leegis.leegov.com/LeeSpInS/viewer.htm and http://www.leegov.com/gov/dept/dcd/Documents/Maps/LeePlan/Map01_01.pdf Cape Coral Zoning Map:  http://capeims.capecoral.net/freeance/client/publicaccess1/index.html?appconfig=capeims Request for Zoning Verification:  http://www.lee-county.com/gov/dept/dcd/zoning/Pages/VerificationReqs.aspx Map of Incorporated/Unincorporated Lee County:  http://www.lee-county.com/gov/dept/NaturalResources/WaterQuality/Documents/Unincorporated.pdf