Petition Tag - chickens

1. backyard chickens in U.C. Oh

chickens eat unwanted pest, ants, spiders, bugs, mosquito etc. provide eggs and or meat. make wonderful pets.

2. Please stop selling eggs from caged hens as soon as you can

Chickens can make very rewarding companions. Despite their reputation as silly and comical birds, one study has shown that chickens are smarter than human toddlers.
Despite this, however, some chickens are still kept in cramped and cruel cages. These cages prevent the chickens from performing some of their natural behaviours such as dust-bathing. These chickens are also often de-beaked using lasers, causing pain to them. This is to prevent the birds from becoming aggressive due to their stressful conditions, a problem which should never occur in happy, healthy, free-range chickens.
These chickens should be free-range and happy. They shuld be treated with more respect than they currently are. They deserve to be happy, healthy and safe, and free from suffering, as all beings should be.

3. Support to keep Owls about town on track for Zoo-License

Chichester District Council are forcing the removal of our external toilet, bell tent, chicken hutch, storage area and "kitchen area".

1.) we don't own a Yurt, The bell tent is a removable/collapsible structure.

2.) We require fresh eggs for our volunteers to be kept fed and happy. The chicken hutch is also a collapsible structure. Furthermore we live in rural Sussex, people keep chickens!

3.) We require an external toilet as Owls about town is business looking to obtain a Zoo licence in the future and a toilet is a fundamental requirement.

4.) A kitchen area is a a bit of a stretch in terminology. We have a camp fire area with seating for volunteers and groups with drink making/storage facilities - seating to hold the birds is imperative for older individuals less able to stand.

5.) Owls about town is committed to the development of education to young social groups within the area concerning Owls & other birds of prey. Please help us to continue what is also a conservation effort with some species of bird on site.

4. Allow Backyard Chickens in Wheaton, IL

We believe that small-scale chicken keeping is a healthy, economic, and sustainable way to feed and enrich our families and our community. Besides making great pets, hens provide us with fresh eggs and encourage local sustainable living. The ability to raise chickens offers educational opportunities for our children.

Chickens serve as a natural alternative to pesticides by eating bugs and insects, including fleas and disease-spreading ticks. Chickens also eat weeds, and chicken manure serves as an excellent fertilizer for lawns and gardens. Backyard chickens provide many benefits, which is why many towns and cities across the country now permit their residents to raise backyard chickens. At this time, Wheaton permits chickens being raised for 4-H or other similar educational projects for no more than 90 days per year.

Many area communities have ordinances allowing chickens in the city limits including, but not limited to, Batavia, St. Charles, Warrenville, Downers Grove, and Naperville. The City Manager in Batavia reports that since passing their ordinance to allow chickens have “not had any issues whatsoever”. Through our research we have found that these communities, demographically, are very similar to Wheaton and when considering allowing chickens had residents, like us, who desired to raise chickens in their backyard for educational purposes and for healthy eggs.

As the ordinance is written in Wheaton, chickens are allowed for 90 days per year. Any issues or concerns would be issues or concerns that would be evident in the 90 days that are already allowed. We ask that you consider lifting the 90 day restriction and allow chickens year round with reasonable parameters similar to other area communities.

Thank you for considering our request.

5. Allow Backyard Chickens in Odessa, Texas

The city of Odessa, Texas restricts residents from raising backyard chickens. As an agricultural, family-oriented community it only makes sense that Odessa should embrace the practice of urban backyard chickens!

Families that raise backyard chickens can form lasting bonds with their chicken enthusiast friends and neighbors. Raising chickens is a wonderful family activity and an excellent opportunity to teach children that their food doesn't grow on a grocery store shelf. It’s important that kids have a connection to their food (preferably healthy food) and understand the farm-to-plate chain.

By signing this petition, you’ll be telling Odessa's City Council Members that you want to be able to raise your own chickens organically, free of hormones and antibiotics, and let them enjoy a grassy backyard instead of the terrible conditions so unfortunately common in factory farm chickens.

Even if you are not interested in owning chickens, you can still benefit from this change in ordinance. Neighbors love to share and with an ordinance that allows up to ten hens, your own chicken enthusiast friends will be up to their beaks in eggs.

The two most common concerns residents have regarding urban chickens are noise and smell. Hens are very quiet animals. They will proudly call out when they have just laid an egg, but a hen's call is less obtrusive and more pleasant than a dog barking. Roosters, however, can be quite noisy which is why you'll find them omitted from most city ordinances that do allow backyard poultry. The good news is, you don't need a rooster to keep backyard chickens. They lay eggs daily without the aid of a rooster. As for smell, it is true that any animal leaves behind waste. Just as dog owners are expected to clean up their pet's waste, so should chicken owners. In fact, the very same ordinances that allow for chickens in our surrounding communities require chickens be kept in sanitary conditions just as other pet owners are expected to do.

The benefits of having happy hens clucking around far outweigh any of the concerns. Chickens for Odessa, a local movement of residents, urges you to join our fight. Use your given rights to vote for this change and sign the petition to bring chickens to Odessa!

6. Support the chicken revolution

Urban chickens recycle kitchen waste, eat insects including ticks, preserves the heritage breed of chickens.

7. Allow backyard chickens in Brant County

Help us change the Brant county bylaw to allow backyard chickens. Hens are friendly, social, intelligent, affectionate, entertaining, low-maintenance, small, quiet, and inexpensive to keep.

They are quieter and cleaner than most dogs. They uniquely offer suburban and city-dwelling children the opportunity to understand a little more clearly where their food comes from. And they offer all of us the opportunity to produce a little of our own food – healthy, fresh, nutritious food that will contribute to the well-being of local families.

8. Haldimand County - Change the Bylaw and let us keep our birds!

Grocery prices are on the rise. More and more people are questioning where their food comes from. What a better way to learn about where our food comes from, and enjoying the animal antics than having raising a few chickens in your own back yard? Haldimand County Bylaws right now state that you are NOT allowed to have ANY sort of fowl (chickens or other birds) unless your property is zoned Agricultural!

Other cities, including Simcoe and Niagara Falls for example, allow residents to raise chickens in backyards so if these larger cities can do it, why can't the rural communities of Haldimand County do the same?

This is a petition, asking the Mayor and Ward Counselors of Haldimand County, to change the Bylaw and allow us the privilege of keeping a small number of chickens in our backyards.

The enjoyment my family and I get from watching these beautiful birds, not to mention the health and economic benefits from the daily supply of eggs, would be heartbreaking if we have to give up our pets. Give us a maximum number of birds like Niagara Falls does at 10 birds per house and no roosters in town. The birds are quieter than dogs, more contained than cats and an absolute blast to watch!

9. Backyard hens for Newcastle

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.

10. Abolish the cruel practices of factory farming in New Zealand


• 90 million chickens are killed annually for their meat.

• Up to 40,000 chickens are confined together inside large windowless sheds at a stocking density of 19 birds per square metre.

• Nearly 3.5 million chickens die annually from of health problems before six weeks of age.

• 38 per cent of New Zealand’s chickens experience difficulties walking.

• broiler chickens are reared to their slaughter weight of around 1.8 to 3 kg within just 6 weeks of being hatched (chickens are normally fully grown by 5-6 months). By selective breeding, the length of time broiler chicks take to grow to 2 kg has been halved in the last 30 years.

• Over the last 20 years, annual chicken consumption has increased from 14kg (1986) to an average 35kg of chicken meat per person per year.

• Sows confined in sow stalls cannot perform most of their natural behaviour, as is required under the Animal Welfare Act 1999. They cannot walk or turn around, and can only lie down or stand up.

• Sow stalls have been banned in the United Kingdom and Sweden and are being phased out in Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark.

• The government acknowledged in 2005 that sow stalls did not meet the obligations of the Animal Welfare Act 1999, but despite this they did not ban their use.

• Approximately 45 per cent of the sows farmed in New Zealand (about 21,000 animals) are confined to sow stalls the same size as those seen on the Sunday programme. Alternatively, to sow stalls only 60 cm wide and 2 meters long.

• Scientific evidence shows that pigs kept in intensive farms suffer from psychological distress, frustration, lung and heart disease, leg problems and lameness, and display stereotypic behaviour such as bar biting.

• In 2007 there were about 370,000 pigs kept on New Zealand farms, including nearly 47,000 breeding sows.

• A battery hen lives for about 18 months. The natural life span of a hen is typically five to seven years, but some can live as long as 15 years.

• In New Zealand there are 3.2 million egg-laying chickens. About 83 percent of these are in cages. The rest are kept in indoor barns or on free range farms.

• A battery hen lays nearly 300 eggs per year, while its wild ancestor would lay only 12-20.

• A battery cage is too small for a hen to carry out basic behaviour, such as stretch her wings and preen. For this a hen needs about three times the 550 square centimetres
typically provided for her in a battery cage.

• Battery hens may suffer from brittle and broken bones, foot deformities, feather loss and injuries due to pecking from cage mates.

• Male chicks are not required by the egg industry. About 3 million one-day-old male chicks are killed each year by gassing or masceration.

factory farming affects the health of the live stock as well as the health of the humans consuming the products. low level dosing of livestock and poultry with antibiotics used in human medicines has contributed to the spreading of multi-drug resistant infections in humans.

factory farming is unsustainable with overcrowded farms over whelming local ecosystems, leading to depletion of natural resources . the need to grow large amounts of high energy feed leads to increasing deforestation and soil erosion; and the pollution of water, soil and air and agrochemicals and manure waste is already a huge concern.

Animal waste also effects our environment as 1 individual cow produces 15 times the amount of waste of a human. although all farmed animals produce waste, factory farms are overcrowded and this problem is multiplied leading to major environmental concerns. farmers often use large ponds/lagoons to hold live stock waste however these can over flow into water ways. the residue of pesticides also cause health and environmental problems as it seeps into water ways.

11. Backyard Hens for Highlands County

In the city of Sebring backyard hens are allowed in chicken houses (coops), up to two per family. I spoke with code enforcement and was told that there are hardly any complaints about the families that choose to keep backyard hens.

Here’s a few easy reasons why I think backyard hens will be beneficial to our county:

• Chickens are fun, friendly pets with educational value for children about where food like eggs comes from
• They can provide food security for poor families
• They lay healthier eggs compared to store-bought eggs
• They give gardeners high-quality fertilizer
• They control flies and other pests, not add to them, and dispose of weeds and kitchen scraps that otherwise might end up in the landfill

The facts are:

Noise: If you don’t have roosters, chickens aren't noisy. Hens cluck and peep softly all day long, and then go to bed at dusk and remain quiet all night.

Smell: A small flock of two or four hens will poop about as much as an average small dog, and their poop won’t smell if it is kept clean. It usually dries up into a powder in a matter of minutes.

Fertilizer: For very little money you can make a movable coop which will allow you to move the hens around your back yard, thus fertilizing the grounds.

Hens: Hens still lay eggs without a rooster.

12. Overlook Farms needs Sheep, Goats, and Chickens

Overlook Farms has received a letter indicating we are in violation of the zoning ordinance that prohibits livestock and/or chickens. One neighbor has indicated it will make the house difficult to sell if the animals are next door. Moreover we thought we had approval for all of them.

Our animals do community service. They have been a asked to be in the live manger scene in the local church for the last three years as well as Graeme Park Home School visit day. The house has been on the Historic Garden Tour for the Upper Moreland Historical Association and the event was advertised as "See the Historic Farm and Farm Animals" and on the Historic Commission Tea. Bob has gone to Katie's school and camp.

Overlook Farms is the oldest home in the Township, Washington was supposed to have slept here in the Battle of Edge Hill, and the Underground Railroad was supposed to have traveled through the house. The house has even been confirmed as haunted by Olde City Paranormal. We have made every effort to keep the home consistent with its history as a Tenant Farm house.

Our animals are pets and cannot live without human companionship. Their area is always clean, our animals are happy, and they make virtually no noise - certainly less than a dog barking. If we cannot find a resolution, we will need to move.

We need your help!

13. Indianola Birds

We would like to approach the city council to consider taking the necessary steps in writing or adopting a new ordinance specific to keeping birds such as chickens and ducks in town on lot sizes less than once acre.

Parameters speaking to appropriate caging/fencing, no roosters, and a limited number would be addressed in this ordinance.

This could potentially mean your neighbors could have chickens on their property.

14. Save the Birds

The City of Indianola is discussing rewriting Ordinance 55.05 to read, "It is unlawful for a person to keep livestock within the City."

Currently reads - "It is unlawful for a person to keep livestock within the City except by written consent of the Council or except in compliance with the City's zoning regulations."

15. Cheatham County Backyard Chickens

Green practices sweep the nation and our individual communities, yet we have found that there is at least one useful practice that is not allowed in Cheatham County, backyard poultry keeping.

Backyard poultry keeping is not permitted for R-1 residentially zoned properties in portions of Cheatham County even though it is allowed in surrounding counties and cities.

We believe that allowing backyard poultry in Cheatham County will promote individual sustainability practices and public welfare without sacrificing the safety or health of the citizens in our county.

16. Allow Backyard Chickens In Brooklyn Ohio

Brooklyn residents are attempting to join the local and national movement on having backyard chickens. Communities neighboring Brooklyn have allowed backyard chickens for many years now.

The latest city in 2013 to allow chickens is Cleveland Hts. and is off without a hitch. Cleveland in 2009 passed their ordnance with no major problems reported to date.

17. Amend By-law To Permit Backyard Chickens

"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 landfills. Their waste, in turn, is a nitrogen rich fertilizer that we can use free of cost. If allowed to freely range in the yard chickens provide chemical-free pest control, weed control, and even some grass cutting." (Quoted from petition to the city of Kimberly)

There are many municipalities that currently allow backyard chickens, (for example Victoria, Vancouver, Guelph, Brampton, etc) and many more that are considering it. Red Deer permits backyard chickens within certain responsible pet management parameters which I also advocate. These are not roosters, maximum number of chickens allowed is six, slaughtering not allowed within city limits, and proper care and cleanliness needs to be practiced.

18. Permit Lawrence Residents to have Backyard Chickens, as allowed under Marion County Law

As a part of our home school educational experience, we (my husband, Todd, our 5 kids, and I) began to care for chickens (100+), ducks (3), turkeys (3), and goats (3) on a farm a few miles from our home.

Over time, and over the winter, it became more and more difficult to care for the animals since we were not living on the property with them. We began to bring home injured chickens to care for them until they were well. Our first chicken, Hope, was stuck between 2 fences and unable to stand up when we first brought her home. She's now fully recovered, one of our best egg layers, and looking better than ever! Our second chicken had a fence fall on her, smashing her into the ground. By the time we arrived, the next day, she was frozen into the ground. We had to use a hammer to get her out. After much care, she still passed away; the trauma of it all caused some of her insides to come out. It then became evident that we should find a safe place for the majority of the animals, and bring home a few of the chickens to continue caring for them and learning about them.

Since bringing them home our egg production has gone from 1 egg/day with 100+ chickens to an average of 12-15 eggs/day with only 15 hens. Proving that they really do like to interact with humans, and do indeed respond to proper care.

The benefits to having back yard chickens are numerous and quite healthy!

• Fresh, healthy, delicious eggs, free of pesticides and antibiotics. They not only taste better, but are much better for you. They have less cholesterol and saturated fat. They have more vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and beta carotene than store bought eggs. Not to mention it is way more enjoyable to go out and collect eggs than it is to purchase them. It's great fun to find them hiding as well! They lay in the coolest places sometimes.

• Chickens eat many table scraps, reducing waste that would usually rot and begin to smell.

• Chickens are omnivores that eat weeds, slugs, small rodents and bugs, reducing our backyard pest population. NICE!!! And great for the garden!

• Chicken eggs are a cheap, sustainable food source and can help families survive in the event of disruptions in the commercial delivery system.

• Keeping chickens is an important traditional survival skill that has been in existence as long as we have.

• Chickens make great pets as they are affectionate, intelligent, and entertaining. They really do have a lot to teach us. They all come running to us when we go outside, and they squat down so we can pet them. They know when to go to bed, and they all make it to the coop on time every night. Miraculous!

• We learn by what we experience. Both children and adults receive a valuable education about animals, food sources, the full cycle of life, and responsible animal care. (Many of the folks that have come to see our chickens, have never seen a chicken in their life. This is unacceptable considering they consume chicken several days/week. Bridging this gap, this disconnect, is a huge purpose of ours).

• Chickens are not "farm animals"- they are outdoor pets with benefits!

• Hens are quiet and do not crow!

• A small flock of hens doesn't stink (We clean our coop every single day! Every bit of poop, daily!) The neighbors have thanked me that there has been zero smell! We use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth to prevent flies and ticks from breeding; it kills them before they fully develop. We also add it to their food, and when consumed it attracts and absorbs fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticides, E.coli, worms, all parasites, and heavy metals.

• Hens don’t need roosters to lay eggs.

• A small flock of hens is clean and easy to care for. They take great care of themselves as well! They are always busy and always being productive; whether they are scratching, eating, drinking, laying, taking a dirt bath, or resting. All they do has purpose. They really are great examples!

• Backyard hens are disease-free. Diseases are a large factory problem.

• Hens won’t attract new predators that are not already in the area.

• A well-tended hen house can fit in with any neighborhood aesthetic. We just turned our already existing shed into a coop. It's perfect for them!!! They LOVE it! And so do all of our neighbors!

• With a small number of hens, waste is kept to a minimum and doubles as fertilizer.

• The top two ingredients in many vegetable foods/fertilizers are poultry feather meal, and poultry manure meal. Interesting!

19. Ban Factory Farming

Factory farming is barbaric, greedy and hideous practice. About 990 million broiler chickens, one million nine thousand pigs, 15 million and even about a million cattle may be kept in factory farms in the UK at this very moment.

Pigs in factory farms are normally kept in cramped cages known as "farrowing crates" and piglets will often be taken away from their mothers and given drugs so that they grow much faster than they would naturally. Mother pigs in factory farms will often be used as nothing more than milk machines and never allowed to play with, nuzzle or raise their pigs. Piglets will also often have their teeth cut without blades without anesthetic.

Broiler chickens, too, are kept in cramped, barren cages. They will often be forced to eat as much as they can and their food may have drugs in it to make them gain weight quicker as well. Broiler chickens are also subjected to another cruel mutilation; the ends of their beaks are sliced off with red-hot blades. They are also often kept awake by lighting because, when they are not sleeping, they are more likely to be eating and putting on more weight.

Even dairy cattle are not entirely safe, as a species, from being factory farmed. They will often be kept in sheds under zero-grazing conditions. They will be given all they need to produce milk and remain profitable and that is that. The only exercise that cows kept under zero-grazing conditions is the walk to the milking parlour and back.

Even adult bulls and young calves are not safe in these farms. Adult bulls are often sent to slaughter for their meat. Their skins are often used as leather and their hooves may, sometimes, be used to make glue. Female calves are often kept to replace the older cows when they wear out, but bull calves are often just taken out and shot because most farmers do not want to raise that many calves that are of the dairy breed for their meat, as they are not of the same type as the actual beef cattle, and they, of course, cannot produce milk.

Egg-laying hens are still often kept in battery cages or indoor systems which are only slightly better. The male chicks that are born to this egg-laying variety, while sometimes kept for breeding, are often gassed using CO2 because they cannot lay eggs and, being of egg-laying breeds, it is unlikely that they will grow enough meat to be considered profitable.

20. End Smithfield Rhode Island's ban on laying hens in R-20 Zones

This petition is to request that zoning laws in the R-20 zones be changed to allow the raising of hens for personal use on ones property with specific guidelines followed. Guidelines being up too six (6) hens per household with zero (0) roosters present.

Coops will be kept sanitary and hens must be contained strictly within property lines.

It is our right to raise our own food and know where it comes from.

21. End Fairview Township's Ban On Sustainable Living And Urge Municipalities Nationwide To Do The Same

Our family has been homesteading in Fairview Township (zip 16415) in Pennsylvania since 1976 on nearly three acres of land zoned A1 Rural. When our family purchased this land, the adjacent acreage was nothing but corn field.

Our zoning allowed for agriculture, even Horses and Ponies were specifically mentioned in zoning as allowed. Sometime during the 1980's the township slipped in a ban on chickens, goats, cows and swine. Most were unaware and kept raising these animals in peace. In the 1980's, some adjacent property was developed into a suburban neighborhood comprising of small homes on quarter acre lots. Meanwhile, our home remained A1 rural and we continued homesteading on our land.

On April 23, 2013 our family recieved a certified letter from the township office citing two zoning violations. One demanded that we eliminate our 16 chickens (organic egg laying hens) an our two pigmy dairy goats by May 7, only two weeks later. The second violation stated we are not permitted to have on our property our vintage Farmall Type A tractor that we use almost daily on our small farm, and originally belonged to my grandfather who worked it on his 150 acre farm in Ohio. The two violations, if not corrected will essentially end our families homestead and cease our journey to living a self sufficient lifestyle. The violation notice threatens fines of $500 per day, per occurance if not disposed of by May 7, 2013.

We have many friends and neighbors who live in our same zoning district of A1 Rural who also raise chickens and other animals as they have for years, and are frightened that they will be next.

Our township clearly opposes self sufficiency and homesteading, and we hope to change this for our community, and those like us nationwide.

22. Chickens for Fairfax County, Virginia

Petition to Allow Residential Hen-Keeping in Fairfax County

We, the undersigned residents of Fairfax County, call upon the members of the Fairfax County, Virginia Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors to amend the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance to provide for the responsible keeping of chickens by residents within the county on residential lots smaller than two acres.

Problem: The Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance restricts residents who live on lots smaller than two acres from keeping chickens unless they complete 33-page application, pay up to a $910 fee, and gain approval following a public hearing. This represents a prohibitive burden as most Fairfax residents have far less land, yet many would like the benefits of keeping a few hens.

 Female chickens (hens) only, no roosters.
 Number of hens scaled to lot size with 1/8th acre minimum.
 Hens will be kept in a humane and sanitary fashion that does not present a nuisance to neighbors or affect the visual character of the neighborhood.

Many municipalities across the country, including in Virginia, are allowing their residents to keep a limited number of hens.


23. Save the animals! Sign now!

Sign the petition, save the animals!


These chickens have been given an awful life. When they're born in a tray with around 200 other chickens in an industrial size incubator, they're checked if they're male or female then THROWN down the relevant tube.

It is appalling what happens to these poor, poor chickens. They're grown in small cages with lots and lots of other chickens. I believe that this appalling act should be stopped!

25. Citizens for Backyard Poultry

Green practices sweep the nation and our individual communities, yet we have found that there is at least one useful practice that is not allowed in Pinellas Park, backyard poultry keeping.

Backyard poultry keeping is not permitted for residentially zoned properties in Pinellas Park even though it is allowed in other cities in Pinellas County. Even the keeping of potbellies pigs is allowed but not the raising of the much more environmentally friendly and productive chicken.

We believe that allowing backyard poultry in Pinellas park will promote individual sustainability practices and public welfare without sacrificing the safety or health of the citizens in our county.

26. Hillsborough County Citizens for Backyard Poultry

Green practices sweep the nation and our individual communities, yet we have found that there is at least one useful practice that is not allowed in Hillsborough County, backyard poultry keeping.

Backyard poultry keeping is not permitted for residentially zoned properties in the unincorporated portions of Hillsborough County even though it is allowed in the Cities. Backyard Bee Keeping is even allowed but not the raising of the much safer chicken.

We believe that allowing backyard poultry in Hillsborough County will promote individual sustainability practices and public welfare without sacrificing the safety or health of the citizens in our county.

27. Legalize Backyard Chickens in Chesterfield County

Sample of Chicken Laws:

Charlottesville, VA: As many as you want.
Corvallis, OR. Unlimited chickens allowed. No roosters. Chickens must be penned.
Mountain View, CA: Up to 4 hens without a permit. Keep 25 ft. from residences. Within 25 ft. is o.k. with written consent from residences. No roosters.
Austin, TX. Up to 10 fowl per household, but keep in enclosure that's 50 ft. away from neighbors.
Downey, CA. Up to five chickens allowed per lot.
Colorado Springs, CO. A property may have a maximum of 10 fowl (chickens, ducks, etc.) requiring at least four square feet of coop area and adequate outdoor space. No roosters permitted within the city limits.

...and many, many more!

28. Allow Rigby City Residents to Raise Urban Chickens

We are requesting that our City Council amend the current city code and allow the people of Rigby Idaho to keep up to 6 chickens.

This change to the city code would add many benefits to the city of Rigby and it's citizens.

1. Health benefits: Chicken eggs are a great source of protein. Families with chickens also have a better understanding of where their food comes from and will be able to healthfully feed their family at a lower cost to themselves. Neighbors of families with chickens will benefit too from extra eggs.

2. Yard benefits: Chickens eat garden pests, and their waste is an excellent fertilizer.

3. Community benefits: A city that allows chickens are helping its' residents be more self-sufficient. This attitude of self-sufficiency increases pride in one's home, family and the community overall. A city with a progressive attitude towards local sustainability is a city many can be proud to call home and others will want to live in.

Many cities are changing their codes to allow chickens. Some examples are: Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston Texas, Topeka Kansas, Denver Colorado, New York City, New York, Las Vegas, Nevada, Los Angeles California and Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Misconceptions about chickens and their impact on a community:

1. Chickens are too loud. Actually, chickens are quieter than dogs or even songbirds. The exception of course are roosters. We propose that the keeping of roosters be prohibited once an owner knows if a chick is a rooster.

2. Cleanliness: There could be concerns that chickens are smelly or dirty. We propose that the number of chickens allowed be limited to 6 and that each chicken must have a minimum of space (4 feet per chicken) in a clean enclosed henhouse with a fully fenced outdoor enclosure. Chickens who are not crowded and who have a clean henhouse and outdoor space do not smell bad.

3. Cost to the city: There may be concerns that people won't care for their chickens and the city will have to pay to dispose of unkempt chickens. By limiting the number of hens allowed, those who want chickens paying for a license through the city and a city compliance officer who is allowed to regularly inspect henhouses. If any chickens are not being cared for the city (by use of their compliance officer or other authorized agent) will have the authority to cite owners for lack of care. Then only those who truly want to be responsible stewards of their chickens will own them in the city.

29. Stop Cruelty In Slaughterhouses

I think this says it all:

30. Please amend the by-law to allow urban chickens

We would like you to change the Ottawa Bylaw:
to allow hens in rural Ottawa; a few backyard chickens cannot be louder or dirtier than dogs if properly cared for.

A good opportunity for all to get in touch with our rural roots and teach children where the food comes from.