Chicken keepers Ernest and John Rivera-Ramos cry foul over fines

Some residents in Howell Township are accused of

Some residents in Howell Township are accused of ruffling some feathers by raising several dozen chickens in their backyard. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

HOWELL - Some residents in Howell Township are accused of ruffling some feathers by raising several dozen chickens in their backyard.

Neighbors complained after a few of them got out and now the township is requiring Ernest and John Rivera-Ramos to move the coop further back on their 4 ½ acre property or get rid of them. 
   
Ernest Rivera-Ramos says the chickens don't bother anyone. "As a matter of fact they eat all the insects," he says. "They could just roam the property."

They say they'll get rid of most of their chickens to avoid fines since moving the coop to the back of the property will make it too difficult to care for the animals.

The couple says they donate most of the eggs to a local food bank.

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