City Folk Re-Hash Rules of the Roost

Hatched: Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

People in urban cities throughout the Midwest have been bending the rules a bit about keeping the hens out back around.   Some supporters view fresh eggs and pesticide-free fertilizer as being worth the risk while others prefer to keep the layers around as pets or even as part of 4-H projects.  No harm, no foul- right? Well, a few minor banters have caused cities to re-hash their regulations on the backyard roost.  (City’s cry fowl over residential chickens).

When the neighbor down the street fussed to Ludlow city officials to ban the chickens, a Kentuckian by the name of Amanda Lewis decided her chickens were worth the brawl.  While a fellow neighbor backed down and got rid of his two chickens, Lewis appealed her case with the intention of keeping Goldie, Speck, Big Momma and Little Momma around regardless. 

Cases such as this have also pecked their way to city attention in the Ohio cities of Norwood, Montgomery and Fairfield.  Instead of outright banning inner-city poultry, many areas have concluded that a licensing fee or proper restrictions will suffice.  Other areas have simply amended their zoning codes to allow a certain number of hens as long as they are cared for properly and do not become a nuisance or hazard. 

Whether residents agree or disagree that backyard chickens should be allowed or not, the “Urban Chicken Farmer” identity is one that’s not likely to go away anytime soon in some urban cities. While that’s good news for individuals like Lewis, it may have others bawking, “what the cluck?”

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