Pro-Chicken arguments needed

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by valereee, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. valereee

    valereee Ordinance Wrangler

    Apr 30, 2009
    Hi! I'm new here, found you all on a search for 'why to raise chickens' at Google. I just learned my city is considering an anti-chicken ordinance. I don't have chickens, but I'd like to keep the option open, so I'm planning on going to the City Council meeting and making a pro-chickens case.

    Here's what I'm arguing:
    There are so many reasons to find a way to allow rather than forbid backyard chickens. Fresh, organic pastured eggs sustainably raised should be within everyone's grasp, but for many of us -- especially now -- they're unfortunately out of reach. And, contrary to what Montgomery is assuming, chickens require very little space: a chicken needs less space than the top of the average kitchen table. Chickens make less mess, smell, and noise than the average dog. If cared for properly they make no smell or mess at all, and the noise from a laying hen is (what?).

    Require that there be no smell. Require that there be no noise -- even that there be no roosters. Require that there be no mess. But why require that there be no chickens?

    So, what level of noise can I compare a chicken to that no one would normally object to in a suburban backyard? Are they less loud than many songbirds? Less noisy than what? Anyone know what decibels a chicken puts out?

    Thank you for any help!

  2. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    hens are quiter than dogs.

    you want to compost the dropping for your garden

    **For me, since I have a sentitive gut** farm eggs dont bother me while I can not tolerate store bought eggs.
  3. SMan

    SMan Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2009
    Ridgefield, Wa
  4. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2009
    get your birds before they pass the law. if they're contained and not a noise or odor issue i doubt they can make you get rid of them. something has to be done about these power tripping wannabe bureaucrats. if the argument about the chickens is anything like the gun control issue be prepared to deal with lies and misinformation.
  5. valereee

    valereee Ordinance Wrangler

    Apr 30, 2009
    Thanks for the help, all. I'm tempted to get chickens now, but for my daughter it would be the icing on her cake of parental embarrassments. [​IMG] I figured I'd wait a couple years and she'll be safely in college away from the humiliation.
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Sometimes its better to give kids things to [​IMG] about rather than having them choose some other trait. My kids often refer to me as the "crazy chicken lady."

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