The origins of the chicken bans?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by HenPenny, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. HenPenny

    HenPenny Chirping

    Mar 31, 2011
    Lewisville tx
    Does anyone have any therories about why the entire world decided to write laws and ordinaces to ban chickens? Is there a time line, a list of horrible incidents that casused the blanket law to be implemented on such a wide scale. I'm thinking was it something like a one man crusade it seemed like a good idea deal Like Prohibition or seat belt laws. Make the world better by forbidding having a chicken in your yard.
    Ideas or thoughts about this?
  2. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    My personal opinion/theory is that it started post WW2, when communities began to embrace a more "modern" lifestyle. A lot of conveniences became available such as supermarket shopping. Things that were new were presumed to be improved. Why bother keeping chickens in your backyard when you can easily buy packaged eggs & chicken at the supermarket? And then when most folks got used to getting their eggs & meat at the supermarket, they perceived those still keeping backyard chickens as old-fashioned & unprogressive.
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    I suspect that big agriculture and food processors spread some "good old boy" style political influence around back then, too. A network of small backyard growers producing their own food wouldn't be good for profits, now would it?

    Not that that sort of thing goes on yet today.[​IMG]
  4. stoneeater

    stoneeater In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2011
    Jacksonville, Fl.
    I agree with the WW 2 comment and people moving to the suburbs. But reading down this list of laws from the city chicken, it's still happening today.
    Beachwood, OH. Just passed an emergency ordinance prohibiting fowl, ducks and goats, with no grandfathering clauses allowed.

    Seriously? It was an emergency to ban chickens? So I'd think that nowadays, the newer chicken laws are someone got annoyed and went to their local city council person and slowly chisled away the laws. It;s like when people from the city move out to the country and are shocked that there's people who own chickens and cows right next door! Why that's just ruining their country experience. So they complain. And slowly more laws take effect.
  5. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Quote:That's pretty much it. As more and more folks started buying everything at the grocery store the backyard flocks disappeared. Then with the growth of suburban neighborhoods where everyone wanted the nice picturesque setting of the small house with a picket fence and carefully manicured lawn, ordinances were enacted to control everything that might detract from that picturesque scene. Ordinances that include how high you can let your grass get, where you can park your vehicles on your own property, where you can store trash, how many pets you can have, etc. Farm animals were just too "hillbilly" for most folks.
  6. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Quote:Not so much. They didn't squash the backyard grower to create their markets, but their markets did cause the demise of keeping yard birds. With the proliferation of cheap food most just found it easier to go to the corner store and buy what they needed.

    As Sunny Side Up said, there was a modernization of our lifestyles after WWII where everything was supposed to be "easier" and everybody wanted to keep up with Joneses. Radar-ranges, automatic dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, a car in every driveway. Many shunned the ways of the past as too pauperish.
  7. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    Mac, I can't decide if I enjoyed that song or not. [​IMG] X [​IMG]
    Pete Seeger?
    sad. but, if everyone wanted 'country', there would be no 'country' left.
    that too is sad.
    So, we just try harder to take good care of the bits we can.
  8. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Quote:I don't take it as commentary about city/suburban life vs country life, but as satire about conformity. It would seem that everybody has to act and look the same. To be anything in life you must go to college. Your grass must be mowed, your leaves must be raked. Dandelions in the yard? Oh my. A chicken coop in the backyard with real actual live chickens? I do believe you're giving me the vapors...
  9. Huskeriowa

    Huskeriowa Chirping

    Dec 19, 2010
    My Coop
    I just read an article that stating that housing values across the country have declined at a rate that exceeds the percentage of fall from the great depression. With people out of work and realizing that the value of their possessions are fleeting, I believe that the 'attitude' of the country is turning. There are economic reasons that backyard chickens became passé but I think that reality of todays and possibly tomorrows economy have hit a lot of people squarely in the face.

    I am not sure when this website was established but I would guess that if it were in place six years ago it would not get nearly the number of hits that it does today. Who knows, maybe something that has been viewed as hillbilly the since WWIIII will begin to be considered common sense again.
  10. HenPenny

    HenPenny Chirping

    Mar 31, 2011
    Lewisville tx
    Quote:I suspect that sort of thing may have been going on and still is. There is a huge attack to close downand forbid small farms to sell goods. Even the choice to buy raw milk is being outlawed. A big battle is going on now in California.
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    Monday, 04 October 2010

    The Senate has returned home without voting on S.510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, but unfortunately the bill is still alive. Before returning home, the Senate started the process to bring S.510 to the floor for a vote, and it is likely that they will finally vote on it shortly after they re-convene on November 15.

    This bill greatly expands FDA's authority over both processed foods and fresh fruits and vegetables, and would give FDA authority to impose extensive, burdensome requirements on even the smallest processing facilities and farms who sell to local consumers.

    We need the Tester-Hagan amendment to protect our vulnerable local businesses!

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    The debate on food safety is heating up in Congress. Last Thursday, October 22, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on S. 510, the Senate version of the draconian House food safety bill (H.R. 2749).

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    A note from Ronny and Pam - Rose Creek Farms
    We are facing a very important food and safety issue that may change the way we access and receive local food. The Food and Safety Bill of 2009 has passed the committee on the Senate floor and will soon be voted on by the full Senate. This is the last vote to take place before this becomes law. This bill does not protect the small farm from the full scale of FDA regulations. This bill does not do a good job in separating the small farm from the large scale farms. The food and safety issues we are experiencing in this country are from large scale farming, large scale food processing plants and imported foods. Small local farms growing livestock, produce and fruit, selling directly to the consumer are not part of these terrible problems. For more information on this issue. Please go to

    I was told by a politician once that my "opinion or vote" had the weight of 13,000 "opinions or votes" when I take the time to write or call my politician. I pray this true! We need everyone to contact your representative quickly and tell them we want protection of our small local farms who sell directly to consumers to be excluded from the HACCP and FDA Regulations laid out in this bill. More specifically these items:

    *Exempt from the same fees applied to large scale growers.
    *Exempt farms selling direct to consumers from on-farm regulation.
    *Exempt food processors selling direct to consumers from HACCP.

    The number to the congressional switchboard in Washington is 202-224-3121. (This is the number where your voice will be heard the loudest). Ask to speak to Hutchinson's office and same with Cornyn. When someone answers ask for the staffer who handles the food safety issues. You can share with them your thoughts concerning these issues.

    Hutchinson local office number is Dallas: 214-361-3500. Cornyn local office number is Dallas 972-239-1310

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