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Debating Over Backyard Chickens

33 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2011 Last revised: 27 Apr 2012

Barak Orbach

University of Arizona

Frances R. Sjoberg

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law

Date Written: February 5, 2012


This paper supplements our Article, The Clucking Theorem: Legal Transitions, Civility Norms, and Social Costs. The paper documents the debates and controversies over backyard chicken laws in 40 localities between 2007 and 2010. The paper also examines relevant legal transitions in three states — Alabama, California, and Georgia. The Clucking Theorem is available at 44 Conn. L. Rev. 1 (2011) (

Keywords: Coase Theorem, Legal Transitions, Property Rights, Liability Rules, Neighbor Disputes, Civility Norms

Suggested Citation

Orbach, Barak and Sjoberg, Frances R., Debating Over Backyard Chickens (February 5, 2012). CONNtemplations, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2012; Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 11-02. Available at SSRN: or

Barak Orbach (Contact Author)

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Frances Sjoberg

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law ( email )

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