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mrseasha
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MA rules of chicken rabbit waste dumping

Is it legal in the state of Massachusetts to collect your chicken and rabbit waste and dump it in the chicken coop yard, 30' long and 3' high pile.  Neighborhood deemed farm and forest and only 1 farm - dumping waste within 100' of property line and neighbors complaining.  Is it breaking the law or can neighbors be ignored because they don't have any rights.  Pens cleaned once in a while so when being cleaned there is a great deal being dumped.  Neighbors complain about the smell even when the waste not being put in the yard and when removing from barn and putting in chicken yard they say the smell is intensified.  I haven't found any law that is being broken and composting takes too long. If breaking the law could someone post link please to the rule/law.

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Kay/NC
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Re: MA rules of chicken rabbit waste dumping

You can " ignore" your neighbors, but they could also pepper your hide with complaints and perhaps even legal action. Chicken droppings are about the worst smell to me, and we raise pigs.

If you have questions about the waste management, there is usually Cooperative Extension located in every county (some states have cut funding, so counties may share in your area. A web search for " MA cooperative extension" shoukd yield a website with a link to the office that serves you.

Extension is supposed to teach you how to stay out of trouble...contact with a regulatory agency like your health department or state waste oversight office could land you into enforcement. extension might be able to help you figure out how to lessen the smell, by properly composting, perhaps by co- composting leaves, straw, etc.

A better attitude towards your neighbors would go a long way. No one is immune from being sued, and having to pay for a defense, just by being a farm in a farm zone.
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k-289
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Re: MA rules of chicken rabbit waste dumping

I wouldn't be to worried as the bald eagles around NE nebraska feast on hog carcasses in corn fields here all winter and the  ' officals " don't even notice --- 

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Kay/NC
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Re: MA rules of chicken rabbit waste dumping

Shame on Nebraska, then.
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k-289
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Re: MA rules of chicken rabbit waste dumping

Maybe some more gov. welfare  ( equip ) would help ---

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