We are working to change the ordinance in Vermillion, SD to allow chickens. Members of the city council have two main concerns: (1) that chickens will attract predators, especially along the bluff, and (2) that you can't tell if a chick is a hen or rooster. Ideas on how to address these concerns? Is there evidence that chickens are no more likely than any other animal to attract predators? Our bluff is a line between town and farmland. There are small mammals, wild turkeys, pheasants, and such along there. The homeowners at the top of the bluff own cats and dogs already. With regard to the second concern, someone could be out of compliance with the ordinance allowing only hens and not know it. Plus, what do they do with the roosters they can't have, but purchased without knowing?