Ramsey Minnesota's Big News About Eggs and Honey!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. 539MN

There’s big news in Ramsey Minnesota.  The council made some changes unanimously to an ordinance amendment on June 12, 2012 that makes it possible to allow more chickens on smaller properties and allows residents to keep a bee hive with a permit.  Chickens are now permitted on properties smaller than three acres.   Under the ordinance amendment, residents on the smallest acreage can keep up to six hens, said Chris Anderson, associate planner.

As the acreage increases, so does the number of chickens allowed. For residents with 2.75 to 2.99 acres, the proposed maximum number of chickens is 48 hens. But no roosters will be allowed. But, the ordinance also includes a measure covering hens that spontaneously begin to crow.   Thank heavens!


While the new ordinance amendment does not go into effect until mid-July, the city is not actively enforcing the non-domestic animal ordinance regulations when it comes to fowl.

So, eat, drink and be merry at breakfast! 


Photo courtesy: Simon Howden

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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How wonderful to have fresh eggs for breakfast.  When we lived in Napa one of our dear friends had chickens, and every so often he would gift us with beautiful green shelled eggs from his very special chickens...we love it.  I am all for encouraging beehives, as we need them for all the great work they do in assuring our plants blooming.  Here in avocado world, they have beehives among the avocado trees.  The honey produced is dark like molasses and has a hint of that taste, because of the avocado blossoms.  A


Jun 26, 2012 08:39 AM #1
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City

In the Chicago surrounding counties, if you want to see a chicken you go the super market. You have to wander quite a distance before you can have a live chicken. I have raised chickens, but I will have to find ones that bark.

Jun 26, 2012 08:40 AM #2
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Alexandra, those chickens do sound special, and that honey, I can almost taste it!


David, I know what the cities are like, Ramsey is rural, but not the chicken kind of rural, usually.

Jun 26, 2012 08:45 AM #3
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WE are seeing more communities allow this.  Hopefully it allworks out, but there will be some who are not happy about it!

Jun 26, 2012 08:58 AM #4
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

There really is nothing like farm fresh eggs. But none of my hens have ever been known to spontaneously "crow". That is a hoot. ( no pun intended...yeah right ) I think the heat is getting to me.

Jun 26, 2012 10:33 AM #5
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Don, chickens and bee hives? That's prety much unheard of around here. I gotta say that I'd love to have a few chickens running around the back yard, as long as the local hawk doesn't take them out. I vote NO for roosters, too.

Jun 26, 2012 11:05 AM #6
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

As long as there isn't a rooster crowing at dawn, I guess I would be okay with that.

Jun 26, 2012 11:08 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hey Don, love fresh eggs for breakfast but not sure if the rooster would wake me up in time for breakfast.

Jun 26, 2012 11:18 AM #8
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Don, Sounds like Ramsey is adjusting to the current trends for more grow your own food.  This wasn't a year we cooperated, didn't get tomato plants out and keeping chickens safe from the critters might be a problem for us.  The honeybees are working our flowers though.

Jun 26, 2012 11:37 AM #9
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Sometimes I get fresh eggs from a farm I belong to in the summer months. I'd love to have chickens. Don't you need a rooster?

Jun 26, 2012 12:31 PM #10
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

We have never thought about raising chickens here, but the neighbors wouldn't like it, but the racoons would. 

Jun 26, 2012 10:27 PM #11
Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

OMG...I think those chickens would be my breakfast every day that I hear them crowing at all hours of the night.  I don't know who said that they crow at daybreak.  They crow when they want to crow!

Jun 27, 2012 07:36 AM #12
Carol Faaland-Kronmaier
Weichert, Realtors; Hillsborough - Hillsborough, NJ
PhD, e-PRO, Manville, Hillsborough, Somerset NJ

I noticed the honey title.  My son has set up a bee hive on our friend's farm since he is in the bee club in our local 4H.  It's fascinating to see how the hive changes to produce honey!  We can't wait to taste it.

Jul 02, 2012 08:17 PM #13
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