Request to my Landlord for Backyard Chickens in Cleveland


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I created this deck as a way to ask my landlord for permission to have backyard chickens in my rented house in Cleveland. I'm posting this here so that it might provide value to others working thorugh the permitting process. The Cleveland city permit for Chickens and Bees is available here:

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  • Request to my Landlord for Backyard Chickens in Cleveland

    1. 1. Request for Backyard ChickensNicole Kusold
    2. 2. Requesting Permission To Obtain:Three Golden Comet Hens(No Roosters – No crowing)One Coop(Temporary Structure)One Attached Run(Temporary Structure)
    3. 3. Why?• Chickens provide an owner with eggs, reduction of solid waste byfeeding food scraps to chickens, and a means of controlling bug andweed populations in yards and gardens.• Backyard chicken eggs are much healthier than their store boughtcounterparts. Backyard chicken eggs contain:– 1/3 the Cholesterol of store bought eggs• 2/3 more vitamin A• 1/4 less saturated fat• 2 times the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids• 3 times the amount of Vitamin E• 7 times more Beta Carotene• Chickens make excellent chemical free pest and weed control​​– Chickens will gobble up those pesky garden snails and slugs– Theyll even go after crickets and grass hoppers– Hate pulling weeds? Chickens would love to help you out with that
    4. 4. Chickens are Legal In Cleveland• City Council passed a law allowing residences to have up tosix chickens in a backyard.• Zoning Rules:• Application:• “A signed statement from the property owner, if theapplicant is not the property owner, granting the applicantpermission to engage in the keeping of farm animals orbees as described in the license application.”
    6. 6. PorchRunUse of Land• Lot Size of [address]:4,148 Sq Ft• Max allowance for[address] based onpermitting of 1 chicken pereach 800 sq feet: 5chickens• Requesting permission toallow for 3 Chickens (2 lessthan max allowance)• Adequate space exists forcoop and run to co-existwith garbage/recyclingcans and treeCoop
    8. 8. • Golden Comet is also known as Golden Buff, Gold Star, CinnamonQueen• Weight: Hens 4-6 pounds• Golden Comment is a hybrid breed between a White Rock femaleand a New Hampshire male• Breed Characteristics:– Quiet– Small size is ideal for urban coops– Friendly demeanor– Hardy breed for winter cold; recommendedbreed for Cleveland area.– Very good egg layers– Starts to lay eggs at a younger age thanmost standard breeds– Lays brown colored eggsAbout the “Golden Comet” Breed
    9. 9. COOP & RUN
    10. 10. Proposed CoopKit to be purchased online and assembled onsite.Overall Size: 48" W x 32 1/8" D (without front steps) x 43" H (longest / widest / tallest points)
    11. 11. Proposed CoopVentNesting BoxDroppingsTray• Sliding access door for chickens to enter and exit• Hinged roof for easy food/water access and extract eggs• Removable side and bottom sliding pan also allows for easy cleaning access• Holds up to 2-4 chickens
    12. 12. Proposed CoopTwo nesting boxes
    13. 13. Proposed CoopRoosts
    14. 14. Proposed Coop
    15. 15. Proposed Attached RunAccessible forcleaningWill create a run that is attached to coop. Will allowchickens outdoor access within a contained area.
    16. 16. Details of Run Flooring1. Weed block cloth at the bottom of the run floor will preventweeds from growing up through the floor and allowdrainage.2. Place sand on top of weed cloth.
    17. 17. Reasons Sand Inside Will be PlacedInside The Coop And Run• It’s Dry– Superior drainage (if water spills)– Doesn’t retain moisture• Inexpensive ($15.00 per yard)• Good for the chickens– Risk of frostbite reduced in cold temperatures (asmoisture is not retained in the litter)– Doesn’t conduct or retain heat in summer (asstraw/hay/shavings do)– Keeps chicken’s feet clean and nails manicured– Cleaner feet=cleaner eggs, particularly in rainyconditions– Chickens enjoy ‘dust-bath’ in sand• Looks cleaner than other litter optionsbecause it is cleaner– Any dropped feed gets eaten, not lost in the litter– Doesn’t decay or degrade inside the coop– Desiccates droppings– Easy clean-up (a once daily scooping & bi-annualchange)
    18. 18. LOGISTICS
    19. 19. Cleaning & Maintenance• Daily– Egg collection– Clean-up run– Change food and water• Bi-Weekly– Thorough coop & run cleaning• Bi-Annual– Sand replacement• Droppings will be disposed of multiple times a week. Waste will bebagged and placed in the garbage.– Per email correspondence with Pamela Cross, Commissioner ofEnvironment at the Cleveland Department of Public Health on Friday,April 10, 2013, trash disposal and composting are both approvedmethods of disposing of chicken waste.
    20. 20. NeighborsAddresses of all properties directly adjoining thesubject property:• [addresses]
    21. 21. Move-Out• Upon the date that I move out of [address], Ishall remove coop, run and sand in the runfrom the property.• Area that coop and run will be placed in shallbe returned to the same state that it currentlyexists in.
    22. 22. Next Steps1. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate tocall or email me:Nicole Kusold[phone][email]2. As required for permit, please “provide a signed statement fromthe property owner granting permission to engage in the keepingof farm animals or bees” (in this case, 3 chickens).I have included a form letter and stamped self-addressedenvelope for your convenience.Thank you for your consideration!