Presentation to Our Village Council...

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by tasymo, May 7, 2009.

  1. tasymo

    tasymo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello Everyone!

    Good news! I spoke to our Village President and he told me he didn't think there would be a problem changing the "no chicken" ordinance in our Village to accommodate backyard hens.
    He did, however, ask me to put together a "Presentation" and to speak to the Council at the next meeting. YIKES!!! I've never done anything like this! Here is what I've put together so far. Please give me some feedback!! Anything I need to add, delete or change? This forum has been so helpful! Thanks in advance!!

    Presentation to the Mulliken Village Council
    concerning Backyard Chickens.

    Some of you may ask, “Why Chickens?” I could counter with the question, “Why not?”, but that really isn’t helpful.
    Instead, I’ll start with my personal reasons for wanting a small flock of hens in my backyard.

    1. I like Chickens. They are funny, loveable birds with quirky, individual personalities.

    2. I want fresh eggs. Eggs from my own hens will be fresher and healthier. Most eggs from a grocery store come from hens that live their entire lives in a tiny cage, indoors, and are only fed chicken feed. No bugs or fresh greens. Chickens are naturally omnivores. They will eat just about anything, and the resulting eggs are higher in nutrition, including Omega 3.

    3. I want their droppings for fertilizer. Chicken manure is rich in nitrogen, and when properly composted, makes excellent fertilizer for the garden.

    4. Chickens are educational. Children can learn so much from chickens! We all need to be more aware of where our food comes from, and it’s easy for kids to make that connection with chickens. They are also a good way for kids to learn how to care for animals responsibly.

    5. Chickens are “Green”. Our Federal Government is urging it’s citizens to “go Green” and to find ways to live a more sustainable, eco-friendly life. If you give a few hens a safe, comfortable place to live and fresh food and water every day, in return you will get fresh eggs, excellent fertilizer, and wonderful pets.

    Some folks may argue that chickens are smelly and noisy. Roosters can be loud, and tend to crow earlier than most people appreciate, and they can be aggressive, but a backyard flock doesn’t need a rooster. Hens will lay their eggs for you with or without a rooster. Some hens will cackle proudly when the lay an egg, but they don’t crow like a rooster, and they aren‘t as loud as a barking dog. Noise really shouldn’t be an issue with a small flock of backyard hens.
    Coops will get smelly if they are not properly maintained, but so will a dog run. Cleaning and maintaining the coop is an important part of chicken care, as is cleaning your cats kitty litter box or using a pooper scooper for you dog.
    There should not be any more noise or smell issues with a small flock of backyard chickens, than you would get with any other pets that are kept outside in a pen.

    Here are some considerations for an Ordinance regarding chickens within our Village limits.

    1. Number of hens allowed: Chickens are flock birds. They need a minimum number of birds to feel secure. I would suggest a minimum of 4, and a maximum of 8 birds for a backyard flock. Once a hen reaches maturity, she can lay one egg a day, so 4 hens will easily provide plenty of eggs for a family. I don’t recommend roosters within the Village limits.

    2. A proper coop and run: Since we are in Michigan, with cold winters, our chickens will tend to stay close together for warmth. The coop does not need to be large, but it does need to be snug and predator proof. The outside pen should be roomy enough for the hens to roam a bit, and again, be predator proof. Free range chickens are great, but are harder to protect from predators, and may wander into yards other than their own. I don’t recommend allowing free ranging, though supervised yard outings should be O.K.

    3. Coop and run location: Backyard flocks should be located a certain distance from neighboring homes, to avoid smell and noise issues. I feel that this should be a flexible rule, based on the size and location of each individual yard. As a general rule, I would suggest a minimum distance of 20 yards between a coop and a neighboring home.

    I believe that keeping a small flock of backyard hens would be a benefit to anyone who wishes to do so, and should be encouraged within the Village limits of Mulliken.
     
  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Thats sounds perfect to me! Thats what I need to tell our Council people here in Pompano Beach! You should have them won over by that "speech" Please do keep us informed, won't you? You've done a great job. [​IMG]
     
  3. cherig22

    cherig22 Green Fields Farm

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    Sounds great, facts and humor. I love the part about smell of dog runs.

    Cheri, wishes you the best of luck! [​IMG]
     
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    LndSchneid Out Of The Brooder

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  5. tasymo

    tasymo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the link!
    I'm feeling pretty good about this. The Village President stopped by to chat today and asked me if I had caught the "All Things Considered" piece on NPR about backyard chickens yesterday. I hadn't, but found it on the NPR website. If NPR thinks it's worth talking about, I imagine alot more people will listen! Kathy
     
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    tasymo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. eatfruit

    eatfruit Out Of The Brooder

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    Good luck! Hope it goes great!
     
  8. tasymo

    tasymo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YEE HAW!!!! I'm LEGAL!! I did my presentation and the Village Council determined that my right to have backyard hens is upheld by the Michigan Right to Farm Act! They further stated that the current ordinances would be changed to be in compliance with the same. Thanks again to everyone on this forum for your support and willingness to share information. Oh, I'm so happy, my Girls are no longer outlaws!!
     
  9. eatfruit

    eatfruit Out Of The Brooder

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    Congrats!!
     
  10. RuffTuffCreampuff

    RuffTuffCreampuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The new issue of Mother Earth News Mag, has a good article on the benifits of poultry for natural pest control. The article is titled "Poultry...Secret Weapon For Organic Pest Control".

    You might buy a copy and take to the meeting, it has lots of cute pics and testimonies from people that have had serious pest problems solved by using poultry to patrol their yard for bugs.

    Pam

    P.S. On the cover is a bunch of yummy berries... [​IMG]



    Edit: Oh poo, I didn't realize the OP was an older post. So Congrats!!!! [​IMG]
     
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