I’m a little confused. You see, I just read an article in The Morning News that discussed a proposed ordinance to allow up to four hens per home in Fayetteville. Do people really want to start having chicken coops in their backyard… or in a spare bedroom at their apartment? Did Cosmo Kramer move to town?
I’ll tell you what I don’t want: for the air around my house to smell like chicken excrement.
One local resident even showed up in support for allowing geese, goats and even llamas within the city limits. Amazing. Why don’t we go ahead and throw in camels for good measure?
First off, let me say that I’m 100% ignorant as to what current city ordinances and laws permit in terms of allowing livestock on residential land. Hopefully, you the reader knows something about this and can fill the rest of us in. I assume that owning livestock(chickens & hens in particular) is permitted under certain conditions(location, size of land, facilities, etc.), but it seems a little odd to allow for livestock in your backyard.
From what I gather from the article, the ordinace would also handle how far a coop has to be from surrounding structures, how much coop space per chicken and how to best register them.
According to The Morning News, roughly 25 people attended the meeting, most in support of the ordinance. Mandy Cox, who collected around 300 names on a petition in support of allowing chickens in the city, criticized a requirement that hens only be allowed to roam when owners were home.
“The only problem with that, is it’s just like raising chickens in a chicken house,” Cox said. “They need some space to get out, they need sun. They shouldn’t be so confined.”
Isn’t that exactly why allowing chickens in the city is a problem? No one wants chickens or chicken coops in residential areas, save for the 300 folks that signed the petition. I guarantee you that we could get a lot more signatures from folks opposed to this ordinance.
What do you think?
Does anyone have any insight on what the city currently allows in terms of residential livestock as it relates to hens and chickens?
What a weird question.[via The Morning News]