Backyard urban chicken bill resurfaces in Metro Council

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 8:00pm

A proposal allowing Nashvillians to keep chickens at urban residences –– a hot-button measure defeated just three years ago –– has resurfaced in the Metro Council.

Councilwoman Karen Bennett, the sponsor of several animal-themed bills during her four-year council stint, has filed a bill that would legalize housing chickens –– no more than six –– in urban dwellings, provided various sanitation requirements and other conditions are met.

“I’ve done a lot of research looking at what other sister cities have done, and what has worked for them, and what has not, “Bennett told The City Paper. “I’ve put together, I think, the best fit for Nashville where we can have chickens in the city and be responsible pet owners.”

Under Metro’s existing code, chickens are not permitted in any homes within the Urban Services District –– which consists of the oldest parts of Nashville, largely the urban core –– or within the suburban General Services District in lots less than five acres.

Bennett’s bill, which heads before the council on the first of three votes Nov. 1, would allow chickens in urban areas on a limited basis, according to council attorney Jon Cooper. Depending on the acreage of a home, an individual could house between two or six chickens.

To house domesticated hens, Davidson County residents would need to apply for an annual $25 permit with the Metro Health Department. Roosters, as well as the process of breeding chickens, would be outlawed altogether.

“It’s a clean, healthy way to have eggs in your diet,” Bennett said of housing chickens. “It’s a great food source, a renewable food source, and it’s a responsible way for residents to produce their own food.”

The proposal comes with several conditions, including: Hens must be kept in “predator-proof,” covered henhouses requiring building permits. Henhouses must be at least 10 feet from property lines and 25 from other houses. There can be “no perceptible” odor from the hens. Feed must be stored in containers with metal lids. No slaughtering of hens can take place on properties. Dead chickens would have to be removed “as quickly as possible” via the Metro Public Works Department.

Finally, to ease concerns of cockfighting, the bill prohibits the training of chickens for amusement, sport or financial gain.

Three years ago, Councilman Jason Holleman and former Councilwoman Kristine LaLonde proposed a similar urban chicken bill that went down in defeat by a 20-15 vote.

Bennett, elected in August to a second term in her Inglewood-seat, feels confident her legislation can pass.

“That’s why I did the research,” she said. “I’ve put together something I think will work.”

Bennett, who doesn’t own any chickens herself, said she has several constituents who do house hens –– illegally, unbeknownst to them –– and others who have expressed a desire to do so.

“In the changing of our society –– 4-H isn’t as popular as it was –– we don’t have kids raising hens as much as they use to,” Bennett said. “We’re using a lot of those heritage breeds [of chickens] that used to be in the U.S. There is a great interest in preserving those historic breeds.”

Like three years ago, the urban chicken bill is certain to set off plenty of debate on the council floor. Some council members, however, have already signed on.

“I would be pleased to see the chickens in my district be treated as legal, because there are a lot of them,” Councilwoman Emily Evans said. “My district has got a good deal of contraband chickens, so I think they would be pleased to become legal.”

49 Comments on this post:

By: TNBear on 10/26/11 at 8:31

This is a stupid idea. I have been trying to sell my home in the countryside of Lebanon for years to get away from nasty chickens. Their smell, their sounds & the feathers everywhere. I had looked for a long time o find a country home where there were no signs of chickens; then suddenly everyone has them as pets. It's disgusting.
Chicken do NOT belong in the city & when I move back to Nashville I will not live next door to a chicken farmer. Let those who want them buy a home in the countryside( I've go the one waiting).
These councilwomen who know of people who are breaking the law & are condoning this action should be fined. They absolutely should not be trying to change the law o benefit a few of their friends while inconveniencing everyone else.
Chickens are nasty,smelly & loud.
DO NOT ALLOW THIS TO PASS INTO LAW.

By: NashvilleChicke... on 10/26/11 at 9:11

Don't go getting your feathers ruffled @TNBear. Expect this bill to fail. Reason? The sponsor. Couldn't beat Gilmore for vice-mayor junior position. She ran to the extreme right in her last race and brought in all the homophobes cash you could imagine. It is highly unlikely she will be passing this or anything remotely significant during this term. She is full of political ambition for higher office. People are watching her closely to make sure her ambitions are derailed. Count on it. Too bad she can't just work on solving real problems.

By: tomba1 on 10/27/11 at 2:19

So here we have at least two elected council members who admit to knowing of law violators in their districts and they choose to hide and condone these illegal activities. Well all I can say is that a violation is just that whether it be chickens, marijuana, a meth lab or whatever. The most disturbing fact is that these people, who are elected to represent ALL of us and establish the laws which our society needs, are so arrogant as to not honor their responsibilities to those who elected them and to the oath they took to serve and uphold.

This may be about chickens and eggs to them but their arrogant abuse of power demonstrated by their placing themselves above the law of the land is bordering criminal and each of them should be held accountable not only by their constituents but also by a court of law before a judge they did not appoint.

By: dustywood on 10/27/11 at 5:30

There is a rooster crowing nearby. I have no idea where he lives other than somewhere near Kroger on Thompson Lane.

By: bfra on 10/27/11 at 6:30

tomba1 - From all appearance, elected officials consider themselves "above the law". Their 10 & 25ft are jokes! 50ft from the nearest house will not keep the smell of a chicken house from reeking.

By: wataboutbob on 10/27/11 at 6:53

Seems to me that anyone wanting to raise farm animals would want to live in the country.
But my question is why does the city believe they deserve to receive an annual licensing fee for allowing people to keep chickens? It's not like the city is spending any resources for the accomodation.
What's next, a license to keep your canaries or tropical fish? Maybe a $5 charge every time you want to use your grille or take a bath.
Either allow or prohibit but stop squeezing out every penny you think can!

By: bfra on 10/27/11 at 6:57

Because they are changing a lot of laws to accommodate all the immigrants that have moved into the area & pandering for votes at the same time.

By: DDG on 10/27/11 at 7:16

I've had chickens...2-3 is no big deal. They don't put off enough waste to even smell unless you are standing right next to them when they take a crap.

By: Community-carl-... on 10/27/11 at 7:31

Years ago, I had chickens too. Their poop mixed with compost makes wonderful fertilizer for your garden. And fresh eggs from your own chickens, like home-grown tomatoes, can't be beat. For obvious reasons, a large scale chicken farm with crowing roosters would be a nuisance in an inner city neighborhood, however, Karen Bennett's proposal seems like a reasonable compromise. The key to this issue would be accountability and enforcement. I could care less if any of my neighbors had a few hens, as long as they maintained sanitary conditions and rodent control. An aggressive rooster crowing off-key would be another issue....
I once had a beautiful rooster who had the most nerve-grating crow you could imagine.........after my neighbor voiced concern to me, we celebrated his short life a few days later with a fried checken dinner (him!) .

Oh, how I miss those days........

By: macjedi on 10/27/11 at 7:50

Eff the chickens. SERIOUSLY. People. THIS IS A CITY.

C-I-T-Y city.

How the hell do people think this is a good idea???

By: chemguy on 10/27/11 at 8:07

Look. I understand people being a little afraid of the chickens. My wife has chickens, and has had them for years, and years. And, we live in the suburbs. She has very pretty bantam breeds, that our neighbors love to bring their kids and grandkids over to see. We have a few hens - NO ROOSTERS! - and they give us a good amount of eggs in the warmer months. Also, they're just plain relaxing to watch. They make no noise; certainly less than the local dogs! They don't smell. And, as long as their environment is kept clean, there's absolutely nothing noticeable about their presence. In fact, we've been complimented on our chicken coup more than once, due to it's nice and attractive construction. That being said...

I am COMPLETELY against the rasing of these birds, within an urban environment, for reasons other than hobby and eggs. If your consituents are raising them for Sunday dinner, leave that to the farm folks.

By: Charlie Sommers. on 10/27/11 at 8:21

I was raised in the Inglewood area of East Nashville many years ago and enjoyed the eggs and meat from the flock of about 50 chickens we kept, safely penned at the rear of our property. All of our neighbors also raised chickens and none of us were bothered by the little bit of crowing our roosters did. I find an incessantly barking dog to be much more annoying than an occasional cock-a-doodle-do. The sporadic gunfire, in some of these areas, as neighbors happily slay each other can also grate on one's nerves.

Chickens are omnivores and are a much better way of disposing of food scraps than either putting them down a garbage disposal or into one of our landfills that are already bursting at the seams. Just feed those scraps to your flock and they will magically convert them into nutritious eggs.

I think we should change our system of laws to one that was recommended by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., through his fictional protagonist Kilgore Trout. The legal system was reduced to two laws which were;

Law #1...Don't bother other people!
Law #2...If you are "other people" don't let yourself be bothered too easily!

By: frodo on 10/27/11 at 8:34

I like that, Charlie. Dogs are the big bother we've just come to accept. Chickens are the small bother that really just offends people's cultural norms. I say, whatever you put in a law for chickens, make it apply to dogs, too. That would result in much more reasonable restrictions.

By: dargent7 on 10/27/11 at 8:47

Do these mensas, hailing from Tennessee, realize to get eggs, you need a male, called a rooster?
They are up at 3:00am, even on weekends.
So, 7 days a week, CROWING at 3:00am.
Good going. Maybe the guns in bars wasn't so darn stupid after all.

By: dargent7 on 10/27/11 at 8:51

BTW, "chem guy"...so hens still lay eggs w/o a rooster?
This Chaz Bono thing is getting out of hand.

By: american1974 on 10/27/11 at 8:55

Because of the industrial revolution the backyard poultry pastime is nearly gone. With it went a lot of breeds. The industrialist created two breeds. One that would lays as much as possible and one that would grow as much as possible. Both have had mothering breed completely out of them and will not even sit on an egg.
(That's right, mothering can be breed out of an animal. I know few women with this problem) There is a huge need for people to take an interest in poultry and save the non-industrial breeds who are not so prone to disease, can forage, mother among many other reasons.
However most people living in the country have been converted into a progressive post industrial life style and don't care to have them. They had rather go to the grocery store for their food and watch American Idol.
Chickens NEVER smell when given enough room. The proper carbon ratio for those who don't know is 7:1. My nose can be 2 feet from a chicken and never smell anything, verses my nose being 2 feet from nearly every house dog I have been around who smells.
Kids grow up in such a progressive, utopian, not reality world, it would be good
for city kids to raise chickens, know where their food comes from and learn something about Agriculture. Chickens don't dance, sing or do the Macarena as TV and Walt Disney would like everyone to believe. Most kids these days are clueless about anything involving the reality.
The only thing in this world more annoying than ignorant rap music is a dogs living in the city limits barking all day, for which hens don't do.
With 80 years of the FED printing money and inflation, it's not so cheap and easy to buy land in the country anymore. You also have a massive amount of suburban sprawl from 80 years of artificial growth and since America can't compete with the rest of the world anymore, there is nowhere to work in the country.
Most people can only see or understand what is seen. Few can think deeper than the topic at hand, and understand the unseen. There is a lot to this law being passed than most people see and or care to see.

By: chemguy on 10/27/11 at 8:55

Dargent! C'mon, man! You can't be serious with that statement. And, lay off the Chaz Bono references. NO! You DO NOT have to have a male (rooster) to get eggs from a female. (Hint: Even human females have eggs inside them. Yeah! And, they have no need of a male to mentruate.)

You have to have a rooster (male) to FERTILIZE the egg - uh, just like a human. And, um just like humans, the egg must be fertilized in order to produce offspring. In this case a baby chick.

And WTF has chaz Bono got to do with this anyway? Huh? Dargent, my man, please remember to bring the proper gear in order to play in the game.
Thank you.

By: TRHJR on 10/27/11 at 9:08

way to go Karen let them chickens run loose chemdude u crawling around the the Chaz Bono bunch !

By: motherhen on 10/27/11 at 9:12

Just wanted to clarify a few things that will be addressed in this ordinance:

Roosters would not be permitted- this law is for permitting a few laying hens only. Roosters are not necessary for hens to lay eggs, and hens are not noisy.

Slaughter would not be permitted.

Smell is not an issue when hens are kept in mini-flocks of only 2-6 hens, and coops are kept clean by composting droppings.

Many comments have been that "chickens do not belong in the city," but I would encourage you to reconsider your assumptions when it comes to this thought. In order to solve many of the problems in our broken food system, it is important that we reevaluate the way we grow food. Backyard hens can provide a safer, healthier alternative for people who want to be responsible for their food supply. This bill will allow the citizens of Nashville to keep a few hens responsibly, while forming sensible regulations to ensure that no nuisance is created. No matter what your politics are, everyone eats. Everyone should have the right to produce their own food, especially when doing so will not create a nuisance to others.

By: Charlie Sommers. on 10/27/11 at 9:13

Well chemguy, you beat me to a put-down of Dargent's very unscientific position. Being an old poultry hand from way back I can attest to the fact that a rooster is unnecessary in any backyard egg producing facility. Your average commercially produced egg comes from a hen that has never seen a rooster. Even if you want fertile eggs you only need about one rooster for twenty-five hens. It is a fact that hens who receive occasional "freshening" from a rooster are more content and produce more eggs but it isn't necessary.

When I was a kid we even had one neighbor who didn't have a car but instead relied on a horse and buggy for transportation. If the horse occasionally voided its bowels on the street we just walked around it. Nobody made a big deal out of most things that others did. After all, that's supposed to be one of the benefits of living in a free country.

By: bfra on 10/27/11 at 9:28

Who is going to enforce these regulations? Not codes, they don't even enforce codes now!
Who is going to keep these coops clean? Homes all over Nashville with owners that don't even keep their home & surrounding areas clean.
If you thing slaughter won't happen? Think again!
Codes doesn't enforce stray dogs running loose! Dogs love to chase & kill chickens, so that will make a lot of dogs happy!
Again, a chicken yard & coop 25ft. from a house is not a protection from the odor, and chicken yards & houses do "stink".
Love this "when I was a kid" theory! Have you checked the population now, compared to when "you was a kid"?

By: bfra on 10/27/11 at 9:31

Plus, Evans & Bennett should be investigated for knowingly abetting people in their areas that have illegal chickens and they have done nothing to stop it. Aren't councilpeople supposed to uphold our laws?

By: wow. really? on 10/27/11 at 9:50

I have a suspicion that those of you so opposed to this are the same people saying, "Government....stay out of my business!!" But you're ok with government regulating this? Which is it?

By: Roger3600 on 10/27/11 at 9:51

My God with the economy and unemployment being what it is cannot the Council find better things to do with their time that than introduce chicken bills. The legislators introduce and pass bills concerning road kill, the council chickens, and we wonder why the rest of the country call us hicks.

By: motherhen on 10/27/11 at 10:15

One of the main reasons this is so timely is that the economy and unemployment have affected large numbers of people, and more are turning to raising their own food as a way to eat well with less money. Considering that pastured eggs cost $4-$5 per dozen, having a small backyard flock of laying hens is a great way to provide a family with healthy protein. By introducing this bill, council is actually addressing food insecurity and food access. It might seem on the surface like something silly and frivolous, but it comes down to having the right to produce food for yourself and your family.

By: ladyday1 on 10/27/11 at 10:17

We don't have Sonny West to stand up and tell every one that a chicken is a chicken as he did at the zoning appeals meeting !!! You can call a chicken a pet and even put clothes on it; it is still a chicken. A fowl!, just like a duck , a turkey or any other wild bird. Chickens are in the same family as a pigeon. My neighbor kept pigeons in pen up off the ground next to my garden fence. When I worked in my garden, I wore a mask to keep from breathing in the particles in the air. The smell would make me nauseous for hours after I left my garden.

People raising chickens in the city are already breaking the law. What makes us think they would do as a new law would dictate?
Come on America 1974,give children some credit. They are a lot smarter than we think and much smarter than some adults.

By: bfra on 10/27/11 at 10:28

motherhen - When "rights" violate the law, they are not legal rights! I want a cow in my backyard for milk, but that is against the law, are my rights being violated? I want a horse in my back yard, for riding to the store for groceries and save gas, but it is against the law, oh my rights are being violated. Even the Bible says, live by the laws of the land! Plus these councilpeople that ignore upholding our laws in their own districts, are violating my rights!

By: nashmember on 10/27/11 at 10:30

Chicken supporters are very organized this time around. The only way to ensure that this does not pass is to tell your council person how you feel about this issue. Chicken supporters have been campaigning for this heavily and if no opposition speaks up to Metro Council then it has a chance of passing. Crazy but true…

I lived next door to a large flock of chickens in green hills and it was horrible. Please contact your council person and the members at large by phone or email to tell them to vote against this.

You can figure out your council district by typing in your address in this this map: http://maps.nashville.gov/Redistricting2010/#
Then, you can find your council person's email address here: http://www.nashville.gov/council/council_roster.asp

By: gohomenow on 10/27/11 at 10:50

This many people and this much council time tied up on chickens ????
Geez Louise, get a life !

By: frodo on 10/27/11 at 11:23

Folks, get over the chicken phobia! They don't bark, they don't chase your cat, and your poop stinks much more than chicken poop. Oh, oops, I mean your dog's poop stinks much more than a chicken's.

By: bfra on 10/27/11 at 11:30

frodo - My poop meter is broke, so I don't know which would register the highest. Responsible dog owners use a pooper scooper but I never heard of a chicken pooper scooper and if you have ever been around chickens, it is too runny to scoop, anyway. Leave the chickens in the rural areas, where there is room and not stuck in someones back door!

By: Charlie Sommers. on 10/27/11 at 11:59

bfra, The smell of 5 or so hens in a coop does not compare with the smell produced by hens living in egg batteries where the poop accumulates to a depth of several feet. The coops are easy to clean because the poop dries rapidly and I have never noticed a smell from even a few feet away. There is no reason why a pooper scooper can't be used to pick up dried poultry poop as well as doogie doo-doo.

Glad you liked my "when I was a kid" statement. Just for the record I drove past the old homestead where I was born just a few days ago and couldn't help but notice that there are the exact same number of homes there now as there was back in the 1940s.

As for people breaking the law isn't that the American way? Back in 1776 the totally law abiding folks were called Tory's and if everyone had been like them we would still be a British Colony.

Also what's wrong with slaughtering a chicken in your backyard? I have done it hundreds of times and it is no more of a public menace than cleaning a fish. Should cleaning your catch after returning from a successful fishing trip be made illegal also?

By: bfra on 10/27/11 at 12:41

You must have a different kind of chicken! Chicken poop does not dry fast! If you can't smell a chicken coop, then you need to see a doctor! Slaughtering a chicken is much different than cleaning fish! Who is talking about 1776, are you that old? (G) Plus, it is very evident you did not grow up on a farm or around "smelly" chickens. You sound like the sort that, if you have a dog, turns it out to go poop in someone else's yard.

By: Ellie G on 10/27/11 at 1:17

Those who give up their liberty for more security neither deserve liberty nor security.

The city needs less legislation and regulation, not more. This is one more government infringement on your rights.

By: Charlie Sommers. on 10/27/11 at 1:18

bfra, I have raised literally thousands of chickens, when chickens are raised in a coop with a dirt floor they soon destroy all the vegetation and leave a "dry" dirt floor. Poop that is deposited on this dry dirt is soon leached of its moisture and is quite easily scooped and added to a compost pile. Unless you drop to your hands and knees next to the coop there is no objectionable odor. For a coop that is cleaned regularly a 25 foot buffer zone is quite sufficient.

I am only guessing here but I would imagine that the aroma in your bathroom after having relieved yourself of yesterdays excesses far exceeds any smell that would come from a well maintained chicken coop.

No, I was not around in 1776 but through the magic of something I call literacy I can describe in great detail many of the things that happened during that historic era.

What have I said that makes you think I would turn out a dog to poop in someone's yard? Pet owners as well as those who raise chickens should be responsible for their animals. You were just being facetious with that remark, weren't you.

By: Charlie Sommers. on 10/27/11 at 1:23

@Ellie G, You have hit the nail squarely on the head. Thomas Jefferson famously said; " Most bad government has grown out of too much government."

By: bfra on 10/27/11 at 1:34

Charlie Sommers - 25ft is not an adequate buffer from chicken coop odor! Key words "Responsible Owners". If we had ALL responsible owners, there would be no stray dogs, no chickens already in areas where it is against the law or people with no dogs, finding dog poop all over their yards. So you tell me, where are these "responsible owners" coming from? Codes doesn't keep up with codes violations now, how are they going to keep up with added ones?

By: athyrio on 10/27/11 at 2:09

Who gives a cluck?

By: shef2 on 10/27/11 at 9:26

If the "Chicken Bill" passes, then next year, @ either the Wilson Co. or (hopefully) @ the TN State Fair, SHOPPING for 2 Cute Chickens-! YES-!

By: Charlie Sommers. on 10/28/11 at 6:43

@bfra - How about 26 feet?

By: freddy on 10/28/11 at 8:11

This will probably get Nashville on the national news again...where we will (once again) be portrayed as backwoods idiots. Who can blame them?

By: HousePedaler on 10/28/11 at 8:53

I want to clarify that there are a number of large cities that have similiar chicken ordinances including Chicago, Phoenix, NYC, Miami, Seattle, Portland, Baltimore, Vegas - I counted 66 that allow them. If anything our lack of understanding and allowance probably makes us look "less progressive." Urban chickens are by no means a trail blazing concept.

I also understand that the $25 registration will fund oversight so that there is recourse of someone is not in compliance. I do not own chickens but plan to if this law passes. I have been around some families who do have urban chickens and can say that having been in their yards even in the dead of summer there is no bad smells or sounds.

One of the families that I know purchased their chicks in the spring (after checking with their neighbors to make sure they wouldn't mind) and hand raised them. I am amazed at how much my children have learned from observing them grow and their social structure. These chickens are very tame, are now producing eggs, have a coop and a fenced pin. When the family is home and can supervise them, they allow them to graze in the yard but are vigilant about them keeping to the yard. Beyond the fact that the chicken and eggs we buy at the store were raised under extremely inhumane circumstances, there is a growing disconnect between people and our food sources (ithis seems to coincide with unprecidented levels of obesity, diabetes, and cancers). Allowing for urban chickens is a very healthy way to reestablish what used to be a respect and appreciation for the food we eat which I think in turn will inspire better eating habits.

Here is an FAQ from another city that might address many of the concerns raised here. http://madcitychickens.com/faq.html

By: Community-carl-... on 10/28/11 at 9:27

I cannot believe the "dumb clucks" who are making such a big deal out of this issue when there are so many more important challenges and problems to be addressed. When this hits the national media (and it will) we will once again be scruitinized and percieved by the rest of the country as a bunch of backwoods hicks in this city.

A few well maintained hens for the purpose of producing fresh eggs for a household is not going to create a neighborhood nuisance. I know of several people who are keeping a few hens in their backyards, and most of their neighbors don't even know it. To me, keeping a few hens is very similar to cultivating a vegetable garden. I'm all for natural food and possibly saving a few dollars at the grocery store. A few days ago I shopped for groceries at a well known local chain store, and felt like I had been "plucked" and financially "fried" after checking out.

...And to think that our government officials keep assuring us that inflation is "negligable." I wonder where they shop......Oh, pardon me, I forgot....they're rich and have other people do it for them.
Those officials are out of touch with reality.

By: Nitzche on 10/28/11 at 11:14

go ahead bring that 3rd world further into our culture

By: shef2 on 10/28/11 at 12:57

Thanks for the http://madcitychickens.com/faq.html, HP-!
Very interesting, & informative-!

By: quackquack on 10/28/11 at 2:07

What about the rest of the barnyard animals? Why should chickens have more rights than the rest of them? Perhaps the Council thinks chickens are lesbian and therefore must be granted a special exception.

By: birdperch on 10/29/11 at 12:21

Yeesh. Why anyone would be upset with a neighbor raising a handful of chickens, is beyond me. Those of you living in the 'country' probably live near neighbors who have lots of chickens and roosters; maybe even free roaming. Roosters are not allowed within the city, as they are loud (noise ordinance) and they would be considered the breeder (not allowed). With today's economy as it is, providing yourself and your children with fresh eggs is a wise healthy, financial choice. Today's store bought eggs (or chicken) aren't healthy. A neighbor had 4 chickens and the eggs were DELICIOUS, the hens made little noise (less than a barking dog!), they helped reduce the mosquito and tick population, and the neighborhood kids got a kick out of them. Councilwoman Bennett's proposal has a lot of fail safes: annual fee, building permit, footage from neighbors. (More than some proponents really want.) I have a lot of friends who want to provide fresh eggs for their family, reduce skeeter slapping, and for this bill to pass. So I hope Nashville finally steps up and gets with rest of country and passes this bill. Mayor Dean professes to want an Environmentally Sustainable, Healthy City. This is one sure way to help achieve that goal. And this would be one law that Nashville can finally be proud of in the year 2011.

By: makehenslegal on 10/30/11 at 1:32

Many complaints seem to be stemming from people with previous negative experiences living next to chickens - this bill addresses the issues. Examples:

1. No roosters (not required for eggs, FYI).
2. No breeding (no roosters, no breeding)
3. No slaughtering
4. Restricts the number of birds (six hens are quieter than one dog)
5. Restricts proximity to other properties
6. Addresses odor complaints
7. Addresses concerns about roaming birds

NO ONE wants to live next to a poorly-kept property, whether that's a home over-run garbage, weeds, dogs, or chickens. If anything, this bill sets out a list of reasonable limits for poultry keeping, and establishes a small revenue stream via the permits. Allowing regulated, urban chickens is actually an extremely progressive decision, not a step backward for our city.

Please support this bill!

By: smiless on 11/9/11 at 12:36

xyモンクレールのダウンジャケットの最大の特徴は、モンクレール アウトレットフランス規格協会から最高品質の証、バーバリー アウトレット「4Flocons」が与えられているグースの産毛を使用しているという点です。ですから、モンクレール 激安保温性能に非常に優れ、軽さ、モンクレール レディース肌ざわりでも他のジャケットとは比べ物になりません。コーチ アウトレットモンクレールは製造から半世紀以上たっているため、コーチ バッグ長年のモノ作りの経験で、ベルスタッフ アウトレットダウンウェアの各部位に最適な産毛の量コーチ トートバッグが1g単位で決められているそうです。モンクレール ダウンジャケットは、職人の技によって軽やかで温かく、coach アウトレット包み込まれるような着心地だからこそ、コーチ 財布半世紀以上もプレミアムベルスタッフ ジャケットダウンジャケットの代名詞として君臨し続けているバーバリー バッグのでしょうね。 国王室御用達としコーチ ハンドバッグても知られる世界有数のブランド「バーバリー コート」。バーバリーは若者から年配の方まで、トリーバーチ フラットシューズまた男女を問わずファンが多いのが特徴ですが、トリーバーチ バッグセンスの良い気品さと、実用的な機能性を兼ね揃えているところがコーチ ポピーバッグ人気の秘密のようです。バーバリーの流行にながされるベルスタッフことのない確固としたポリシーこそが、まさしくブランドとして「バーバリーがバーバリー バッグたる」由縁であり、トリーバーチ アウトレットが私たちのこころをつかんで離さない最大の魅力モンクレール メンズではないでしょうか・・・ トリーバーチ ベルトは、ニューヨークのノリータ生まれのブランドで、アメリカのハリウッドセレブをはじめ、 トリーバーチ 店舗 世界のセレブたちに大人気のブランドです。特に、トリーバーチ ショルダーバッグ、ラバーシューズやトリーバーチ トートバッグなどの人気は高くて、海外のファッション誌やゴシップ誌トリーバーチ 財布などでセレブたちが履いている靴として掲載されてコーチ ショルダーバッグいたりします。