Milford Village resident Archie Noon took his case for housing chickens in his backyard for producing eggs to the 52-1 District Court in Novi, only to have a judge rule against him.
On Tuesday, Aug. 16, Judge Robert Bondy ordered the chickens to be removed from Noon’s property within 60 days, and that Noon pay a $50 fine.
Bondy also said that Noon can appeal to the village during that 60-day period to amend its animal control ordinance, which currently prohibits farm animals, including chickens, anywhere within the village.
Noon has constructed a chicken coop in his backyard, which he said cost $3,500 and would house six to eight hens.
The village previously turned down Noon’s request for an amendment to the animal control ordinance last November.
Noon has previously said he planned to sell eggs to the public. He argued that the state’s Right To Farm Act, which he said he has researched, was designed to supersede any existing local ordinance.
However, Bondy ruled that Noon’s venture was not profitable enough to be considered a commercial production that would fall under the law’s “Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices.”
Noon said he is contemplating filing an appeal in the Michigan Court of Appeals and that he will appeal to the village again for an amendment to the animal control ordinance.
He added that he has expended $3,100 so far and that he has two collection boxes set up — one at Villa Coney Island on South Milford Road and another at Coratti’s on Main Street — where patrons can donate to help him with his legal fees.
“I’m not fighting for a henhouse, I’m fighting for a principle that people should provide as much of their own food as possible,” Noon said. “Navigating the legal system is not cheap. I need every penny I can get.”