In May of 2010 the city council voted no for a chicken ordinance in Eau Claire. They wanted 5 hens and approval of a percentage of the neighbors. In the last few months people have been pushing for a new 2 year trial ordinance which would give out only 20 permits tops and 6 hens allowed. Now the negative publicity was bad a year ago and yet again it is bad in the Leader Telegram. The day the council voted in 2010 the Opinion page was dedicated to all chicken opinions. Some were just outragouse and to my eyes unbelievable. Again this year the Opinion page was pretty negative. But one person who had a yarn to spin last year did an even (better) job this year. Now tell me if you believe this? Because I dont. "No, no and No! We have had a taste nof chickens in the city a year or so ago. A neighbor (over a blck away) had chickens, and at times we could hear and smell them. Then two or three got loose and moved into our woods and yards. We even had police here one day, because it was reported thatwe had chickens in our front yard. The police went to the home, and I'm not sure what took place after that, but we no longer hear or smell chickens."(heres the kicker) "The loose chickens used sandboxes, bird and squirrel feeders, our sidewalks and a neighbor's pool."