After having hens for the last 3 years with no issues from neighbors, police, or animal control, a person who doesn't live near us has turned our chickens in and the city is giving us until Monday to get rid of them. I have found a temporary home until the September 16th city council meeting, when I hope to get council approval to keep hens in the city. At the suggestion of one city council member, I have started a change.org petition to show support for us keeping backyard chickens. We have 6 hens who provide our low income family with eggs and entertainment. They are not just hens, they are pets to our kids (and me, I admit it, I'm a sap), as treasured as any dog or cat would be. They free range in our fenced in yard, have two coops that they can choose from, and get to eat bugs, chicken feed, and a variety of kitchen scraps. I'm trying to collect as many signatures as I can, so if you're so inclined, please consider taking a moment to sign it! http://www.change.org/petitions/carter-lake-iowa-city-council-allow-backyard-hens-within-city-limits
Bumping up your post. Good luck
Are there residence requirements for the petition? I would love to sign it. Hopefully your neighbors have? Lots of communities have begun to allow chickens in their jurisdictions, even goats and other small farm animals.
Let me know and I'll gladly add my name. Good luck! Sorry this post slipped by me. I subscribe to this forum, but sometimes new posts still slip past me.
How did this turn out? Chickens are illegal in my city unless you have agricultural land. They tried to bring it up to the city council several times. I wanted a couple of chickens but I ended up with quail because they are legal. Good luck! I think the whole outlawing of chickens is dumb. I can see limiting them to a certain number, or restricting roosters. But not outlawing chickens-- dogs are stinkier and noisier-- as are my parrots!
I live here in Iowa, and remember seeing this on the news. What was the outcome of this? I hope it was in your favor.
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