#Law Reform
Newcastle City Council
United States of America

The keeping of backyard chickens in the city supports a local, sustainable food system. Hens provide a safe, nutritious, affordable source of protein with their fresh eggs. They are also wonderful animal companions that are less noise, mess, risk and expense than most other pets.

Chickens will eat most kitchen scraps which lessens the amount of waste we send to our (soon to be closing) landfill. Their waste, in turn, is a nitrogen rich fertilizer that we can use free of cost. If allowed chickens provide chemical-free pest control and weed control.

There are many cities that currently allow backyard chickens, (for example Couer d'Alene, Las Vegas, Rapid City, Cody, Rawlins, Laramie, etc) and many more that are considering it. Even Casper permits backyard chickens. I do advocate no roosters, maximum number of chickens allowed is six, registration with the city, and proper care and cleanliness needs to be practiced.

We, the undersigned, call on the Newcastle City Council to ammend the current city ordinance regarding the keeping and raising of poultry within the city limits.

We want the opportunity to be able to keep a maximum number of six (6) hens and zero (0) roosters within the city limits.

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The Backyard hens for Newcastle petition to Newcastle City Council was written by Lyra Qualheim and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition.