Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Picture of the Day 2/5/2013 Chickens in the City

About a year ago, our city was developing the chicken ordinance.  Of course, the chicken haters knew this would be the end of the world as we know it.  However, the ordinance passed and no problems have occurred.  The permit for chickens is $25 per year; permits for dogs are $6 per year.  Yes, this is not fair.  The coop has to be constructed 10 feet from all public right of ways – for who knows what reason!  But we complied with the rules.  We have learned a lot in the last year and we would do it all over again.

Mostly, I know that chickens belong in the city. 

First, they lower stress.  Have you hugged your chicken today?  Great therapy!

Second, the chickens recycle food and yard waste, keeping it out of the landfill.  Then the food comes out as nitrogen-rich fertilizer, which is then composted with other yard waste.  Win-win!

Third, the girls love to eat the bugs that I don’t like.  Box Elder bugs are no more.  Mosquitoes are no more.  They also eat weeds so I don’t need to use any chemicals.  Win-win! 

Yes, chickens belong in the city.  And I would do it all over again!


  1. I totally agree that chickens belong in the city, and I am glad your city still passed the ordinance, despite the chicken haters.

    My city is currently reviewing their urban agriculture ordinances, but it looks like it will be a few years before anything specific is done. And yes, the chicken, bee, and goat haters come out and voice lots of uninformed opinions at all the committee meetings.

    I like your blog and found it via the Tilly's Nest Blog hop.

    1. Good luck with your ordinances! It certainly is an uphill battle.

  2. Chickens definitely belong in the city! I'm glad your city allows them. I agree about them being great for stress relief. Chicken TV is so soothing and calming!

    1. Oh, I agree. I love sitting with the chickens for hours!