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  1. SandraMort

    SandraMort Songster

    Jul 7, 2008

    Possible chicken ban upsets homeowners

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - While several northwest Arkansas cities ban raising chickens in their limits, some continue to house the animals on their properties for either companionship or food.

    Springdale outlawed chickens in residential subdivisions in 1999, although the ducks that paddle across the Murphy Park pond were exempted by the City Council. Both Bentonville and Fayetteville also have laws making it illegal to raise chickens and ducks.

    Rogers allows chickens, but has a four-hen limit established by a 2006 city ordinance. Roosters are illegal.

    Hen owners in Rogers must buy a $5 annual permit and keep their birds in a cage that's at least two feet above the ground. Four people have purchased permits this year, said Patricia Thornhill, assistant manager of the Rogers animal shelter.

    "We're becoming more conscious of our environment," said Terry Shott, a Craig Circle homeowner and one of the four Rogers residents who purchased a 2008 permit for his four egg layers. "It's growing your own food."

    Others looks at chickens as a pest, especially early rising roosters. In Carroll County, Green Forest voters banned the birds in 2002.

    Green Forest resident Jess Cooper, who paid for radio advertisements encouraging other residents to ban the birds, said there are no fowl in town.

    "My neighbor next door had chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits and hens and all that in the backyard," Cooper told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "They'd come into my backyard and my dog would run them back over there.

    "We don't have that kind of stuff now. It's more quiet now. You don't hear roosters crowing."
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    That Jess Cooper sounds like a big ol POOP. A real wet blanket and sourpuss fuss pot.
  3. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    We went through that a couple of years ago here in Tacoma. They were considering banning all livestock, including poultry, but the city council were open-minded enough to hold a public forum about it. Other livestock ended up getting more-or-less banned within city limits, but hens were deemed to be ok. (With the usual provisions...50 feet from other residences, no roosters, etc. All perfectly reasonable withing a dense urban setting.)

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