Chicago is considering placing a ban on city chickens. This would be a set back for the urban chicken movement. The Alder persons involved claim that noise, smells and increased rodents are the reasons. Noise is not an issue. Simply banning roosters would solve the problem. The neighbor's dog is without question the greater of the noise polluters when compared to a few hens. If urban city keepers are responsible and prudent in their upkeep of their hens, smells are not an issue...again the neighbor's dog is the greater of the two generators of toxic waste. And as for rodents...they're in the city already, whether hens join the mix or not. Once again, responsible chicken keepers should not have any major issues here. Chicago, like Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, NYC, Madison and many other municipalities have set the tone with their chicken-friendly zoning laws. Don't let these gains be lost. Read the USA article on how Chicago has postponed their decision on this issue.