Man Faces $500 a Day Fines for Pet Ducks

what the duckbudgora/foter.comA Pennsylvania man faces fines of $500 a day for having pet ducks the city of Delmont considers poultry, which would be against its zoning laws, according to local CBS affiliate KDKA. The resident, Jim Kistler, points out he’s not planning on eating his pets and that they don’t lay eggs, asking “how can anyone tell you what kind of pet you can have”?

The breed of ducks, Blue Swedish, are actually apparently “great pets because of their calm disposition”. According to, ducks are difficult but rewarding pets and the website warns to find out if ducks are legal in your jurisdiction before acquiring one.  And ducks aren’t even exotic pets, which face even stricter regulation.

According to KDKA, Kistler is paying $400 to appeal the decision at a hearing later this month. There’s money for towns in zoning enforcement.

Semi-related, here’s a compilation of comedian Mitch Hedberg’s duck routines:


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  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Ask Banjos about ducks.
    I hear she has a good story about sloopy.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    So you want code enforcement officers to not dick with people? You want the sun not to be hot, too?

  • MJGreen||

    Well he better eat them when they die.

    At least boil their skin for the fat. Don't be a monster, guy.

  • trichome||

    If Hedberg had lived, USA would resemble medieval Iceland by now. :(

  • Aresen||

    The ducks' names are "Pekin" and "l'Orange."

  • pan fried wylie||

    Same exact situation in MoCo,MD because of a school project to grow ducks.

  • Anand||


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