Hey everyone! I finally got all my "chicks" in a row! After speaking to several city employees, including the mayor, I have decided to go before the council and present my proposal to change the city ordinance regarding chickens. With the help of one of the members of the organic co-op I belong to, I will be going before city council on September 21, 2010 at 6pm. I would like to have as many supportive bodies there as I can get. During the six or so weeks between now and then I would also like to collect the required 250 qualified signatures (registered voters of Saginaw) needed to change the ordinance. I am only one person trying to make a better life for my family. I have formed then group "Chickens for Saginaw" and have a proposal and facts/myths report that I will also present. Just so everyone knows, chickens are currently not allowed on any residential lots that have less than 20,000 square feet per animal. That's one-half acre! They consider chickens to be livestock. I could understand the reasoning behind this for a horse or a cow, but a chicken on requires about 4 square feet of living space. And that's much more than the 97 square inches that commercial battery hens get! I want my daughter to know where her food comes from, her garden and the hens. Living a more sustainable life and leaving less of a carbon footprint are the main reasons I want the ordinance changed. Chickens for Saginaw proposes the following: 1. Residentially zoned, single family homes within the City of Saginaw shall be permitted to keep 6 (six) laying hens for household egg gathering with no minimum lot size. 2. Roosters are prohibited. Breeding of chickens is prohibited. 3. Chickens and their enclosures must be at least 10 feet from property lines and not visible from the street. 4. Enclosures must be attractive and well‐maintained. 5. Chickens and their enclosures must be kept in a neat, clean and sanitary condition, free from offensive odors, excessive noise, or any other condition that would constitute a nuisance. 6. A yearly permit fee of $50 to offset costs of increased call volume to Animal Control. 7. Animal control has the authority to inspect the property and enclosure at anytime they deem necessary to ensure the ordinance is being followed. I think there should also be something in there about slaughtering the chickens, while it may not be what I would do, I wanted to get a consensus on how to handle that. Do you think 6 hens too many? Is there something I have not covered? What do u guys think? any suggestions from the BTDTs (been there,done thats)??