Well I went to the village meeting again last night. It turns out that the councel had sent my request to the planning committee. They had 4 - 3 in favor and sent it back to the councel where we talked (debated) the topic again.
For the most part the council is being open minded and at least listening to my pros for having chickens. But there a few very closed minded individuals. They have the same arguements : Chickens are dirty, Chickens are noisy, Chickes attract preditors, Chickens Need more room than a Village lot, Passing the ordinance will putt more undue burdon on the police and village manager, Chickes do not belong in town and people will abuse the right to have chickens. And my favorite, The village manager said that he knows of another manager or county engineer that said townships all over are going in the other direction and getting rid of poultry in townships, that they have been nothing but problems.
So I hit them with facts: Chickens are dirty -- People are dirty. Lazy people have messy pets weather its poultry, dogs or cats. Noise -- Roosters can be loud, the neighbors dog is loud, the fighting cats in my back yard are loud. Laying hens might cluck. Attracting Predators -- We live in the middle of the shiawassee flats wildlife refuge. We have coon, skunk, fox, opossum, Coyote and free range cats all over our town now. Chickens need more room -- 5 chickens can be kept comfortable, clean and healthy in a coop the size of an S10 truck. More undue burdon -- They already have an ordinance that says no chickens, that is only inforced if their is a complaint. A pro chicken ordinance will still only be checked on if their is a complaint. And as for the anti chicken movement my village manager stated, I said show me one singe case where they are having truly negitave results from a pro chicken ordinance.
We do have a public duck pen in town where ducks and a crane are kept for public viewing. I asked the Councel how many complaints have been made for the loud noise and disruptive birds. They said none. I asked them if it stinks and is unclean and messy. They said no. That the pen is kept clean.. So poultry is not as bad as they say it is then.