I've been pretty quiet lately because I've been so busy working on this proposed chicken ban issue! As previously posted , the Chicago City Council was considering a ban on keeping live chickens in residential zones. It's been crazy over the last couple weeks as I tried to lobby alderman and get the message out through the press (one very nice article on this issue can be found here) that having chickens in the city is an asset, not a problem. Oh, and at the same time I had to work my usual busy job, take care of myself, go away with my husband on our previously scheduled vacation, and prep for the holidays. Whew! Today the City Council agreed to refer the issue back to committee for further comment and consideration. This the absolute best outcome we could hope for! OK, now the real work starts. We have to put together educational materials and craft a better amendment to the ordinance (or a new ordinance entirely), all while keeping this newly formed coalition of chicken folks and urban agriculture folks together on the same page. Then we have to get the committee's agreement on this new ordinance, and finally get it passed through city council. This will all have to be done before the meeting in January, too. Yikes! We luckily have lots of great models and materials to work with. Anyone in Chicago with chickens, PLEASE CONTACT ME through the email link under my name. We really do need to hang together on this and make sure we're adequately addressing all the concerns you may have heard, too. There will be compromises to make, too, folks. It's very likely this new/updated ordinance will have to ban roosters since so many people just don't want the noise or like the association with illegal activity. I am trying to track down info on one issue, too. For some reason, several of the folks opposed to chickens in the city keep focusing on rats eating chicken manure. Does anyone know of a reliable source of information on this? I'm not looking for anecdotes, but real evidence or documentation of this happening or not. Any ideas? Thanks to all here for your support and encouragement! This is not concluded, but I'm happy that I and my hens did not have to go "outlaw."