I have never been so justifiably mad in my entire life. The current rules for keeping chickens require one to get permission from 75% neighbors within a 150' radius. Not too complicated, unless you have hard headed next-doors who squelch the plan. They kind of nudged the other neighbors to say no as well, thereby shooting down all hope of chickens for me. About four months ago I asked for and was denied a permit by my neighbors. They belittled me and virtually told me I was too immature to "undertake this endeavour". I visited a chicken farm to "see what this entails" and ended up telling the very negative owner ["chickens are hard to take care of, they smell, you don't make a profit, I'm getting out of the business ASAP," etc.] more about his own birds than he actually knew. I had pretty much given up chickens and started praying for a miracle (either a plague of hemorrhoids or a change of heart, take your pic ) Fast forward now to the last month or so. An amendment is proposed to the Saint Paul City Council by Councilman Russ Stark which would allow me and other Saint Paul city residents to keep up to 3 hens WITHOUT neighbor permission! *angel chorus* the miracle we've been waiting for! August 26-the council considers the amendment in the private meeting. I spoke personally to my councilman, Patrick Harris, and told him that I supported the bill. He told me that he was hearing a lot of opposition to this. September 2- public hearings. Unfortunately, school prevented me from being there at city hall when the proposal was going through, but I watched a video of the proceedings and NO ONE came out and opposed it PUBLICLY. The aide to Harris personally ASSURED me that it would "sail through" and be finally resolved on September 9. Sept 9, today-The amendment comes up for final resolution. Congressman Stark (who proposed the original amendment) asks for a FIVE WEEK LAYOVER. because "there might be some ideas for amendments out there." Translation: The opposition is too "minnesota ice" to come out in public and stand against this bill, they have to get there act together and they can shoot this bill down in five weeks. This is so infuriating, so incensing--I have wanted chickens for over a year now. I have tried every approach. I went through government, I pushed for change, and now it's being laid over. Yes, potentially, the bill could pass without any major changes, but that's five weeks from now, meaning I'd have to wait another six months to get my chicks! I'm going to graduate from highschool in the next few years, and I want to have my chickens before that! Maybe I'm just irrational, maybe I shouldn't expect people to come forward and make a public stand, I don't know. But now what? Should I keep pushing this amendment? Should I go back and ask for neighbors permission again, pleading and begging for just 3? Should I keep them illegally, risking fine and neighbor consternation? Or should I just give up? wait till I can move out of this place into the sticks where no one cares?!?! My neighbors who are not within the 150' circle also are interested in this, and what if they get chickens and I don't? How will I bear this--INJUSTICE???? ugh. Sorry for the rant, I just need to think more level-headedly. So if you live in saint paul, PLEASE call your city council person and let them know that you want this bill to pass WITHOUT amendments, and as soon as possible. Better yet, call all the stubborn anti-chicken people and start pouring their heads full of chicken dream speech. THanks for listening, all BYC.