In the news recently, there was a story of a man from State "A" who bought some un-zoned, county property in State "B" in order to put a Chicken Ranch on it. Not the Chicken Ranch like Dolly Parton ran in the 1982 pic, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", but a real chicken ranch with chickens, eggs and all their, uh, smelly, noisy accoutrement's.
"It's been a business doin' pleasure with you" was the memorable line in the movie.
But not so much pleasure - or good business - in this Chicken story.
Seems the neighbors across the street are in a zoned, municipal residential area that boasts big houses in a gated community, kids in private school and a king sized NIMBY flag a wavin'. (Not In My Back Yard).
The earnest TV reporter called the Chicken Rancher on his Chicken phone.
"Well, I just bought some land out in the country for my chickens so I can harvest some eggs, I wasn't aware that it was across the street from city property where there is a neighborhood." He even added that "I wouldn't want a chicken ranch next to where I live either". He then even went so far as to allude to having looked at other Chicken Ranch location options. Seems like a great foundation for a workable Chicken Ranch solution, right?
Ah, but then our intrepid Chicken reporter discovered this: Apparently, several hundred of the NIMBY Chicken folks called, mailed and emailed this new property owner to demand (chicken threats included) that he take his self and his chickens elsewhere. No, not a "what can we do to promote a Chicken win-win?", but a full blown, holier than thou 'get the flock out of here' demand.
And the result was as predictable as a Chicken crossing the road.
"Well," said the Chicken Man, "I was willing to look into a reasonable alternative until they started telling me what I could and couldn't do".
And now the fight is on like Donkey, er, Chicken Kong...
So which came first,
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