Backyard chicken coops crop up in backyards in Chicago, suburbs

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Victor Michael spent three months building a chicken coop behind his Naperville home, an unlikely spot for animals more often found on farms than in subdivisions.
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Kern L Sanders

Homer Glen, IL

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Jul 30, 2009
 

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Are these people trying to move in my turf? W. T . F?
And

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Jul 30, 2009
 
As a child I hated going to my uncle's farm with the chickens running around everywhere and pecking my ankles.

We'd find rotten eggs - break them and mix them with the shells and oats from the hayloft and feed the garbage to the pigs. Once they had their heads cut off they would run around the yard and we would chase them. Blood thirsty little devils we were.

I don't remember eating the eggs though since the chickens weren't cooped up and my aunt couldn't keep track of when the eggs were laid. I suppose some could have been eaten if they knew for certainty the eggs were freshly laid.
scorpio

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Jul 30, 2009
 
"slaughtering chickens are illegal." Where did this writer get their degree from? It is very very legal to slaughter chickens anywhere as long as its used for religous purposes. There isn't a thing the mayor, the governor, or President of the United States can say about that. Nice idiots maybe I'll ask my 10 year old daughter to apply for the journalist position at Chicago Tribune. No brains needed!
politwriter

Chicago, IL

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Jul 30, 2009
 
Earlier generations of Americans fled impoverished countries just so they wouldn't have to raise chickens in their back yards.

And these goo brains think its chic.

YIKES!
Interested Observer

Deerfield, IL

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Jul 30, 2009
 
Naperville.

It figures.
Lettemeatcake

Aurora, IL

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Jul 30, 2009
 
@politwriter
Earlier generations did better than the generations before them, had an economy based on manufacturing that was growing, and had the promise of the future as well.
Of course, those earlier generations also poisoned our planet, let their children grow up without learning how to do things like cook and fix a car, decided TV was more important than books, and led us to be a nation that squabbles about race while drowning in debt.
So, I guess you could say the chickens are coming home to roost.
pilsen illinois

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Jul 30, 2009
 
Anybody know what's going on in the trucks and trailers at 16th and Clinton (southeast corner)? You can hear roosters crowing and smell chickens that seem to reside in the permanently parked vehicles in that almost vacant lot. Wonder if it's cockfighting or eggs for breakfast? Either way, seems wrong, if not illegal.
bebe

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Jul 30, 2009
 
I kinda agree with yeahYOU. My father-in-law's neighbor has chicken and when we visit, it is hard to get a good night sleep. There are not quiet. Plus the smell, nice on a hot summer day. Glad we only have to visit is him a few times a year. He did tell us that the neighbor got the chickens to piss off another neighbor and it works!
charles_s

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Jul 30, 2009
 
Hey - yeahyou... Do we live next to the same fool of aneighbor? I think backyard keeping is a BAD idea except for the experienced and only if you want to keep 2-3 chickens. You want to play farmer - buy a farmette with some acreage. Don't torture your suburban neighbors with your "hobby".
a coop full of dirty chickens smells like a toilet that has not been flushed in a week. And for the record - roosters do NOT just crow in the AM they crow all darn day and night long and can be heard like a quarter mile away.
Eggs are anywhere from 50 cents to a dollar a dozen in the stores. Even the organic ones are like 2.50 a doz. Unless you are raising them for meat, it is not an economical way to get your eggs as the price of feed has to be more than what those eggs cost in stores.
Independent Voter Joliet

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Jul 30, 2009
 
windycitymo wrote:
"In Chicago, slaughtering chickens and keeping roosters is illegal, but backyard chicken coops are allowed."
IS/ ARE?!?!
Yes, I know the initial justification-but that rule of grammar is negated by the phrase being an INDEPENDENT clause of a larger sentence.
I know the Tribune is on an austerity thing but if they can't afford editors, they should at least hire competent reporters who know what subject/verb agreement rules are.
Shameful what this "paper" has become.
I cancelled my subscription to the Trib when they did their "redesign"(downsizin g/dumbing down) about a year ago and am with the NYT.
MUCH better paper-although I always feel a little guilty-I could fly through the old Trib in an hour or two, but I never quite make it through the NYT in a day, oh well.
For local news, I read the Trib online, paying exactly what it's worth these days. Sad though-there are some great writers at the Trib, such as Steve Johnson, Mary Schmich, Eric J. and a few others.
Who cares about the English lesson.. who are they kidding?? they have Roosters all over in Chicago..and if a chicken disappears who would notice? Everyone better start considering raising chicken, and growing your own food.. your going to need it real soon.. on the up side at least you'll know where your food comes from and it will be safer..
Whitey

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Jul 30, 2009
 
"economical and ecological minor contribution"

Yeah, Victor Michael, where I come from, we call raising chickens NOT on a farm but in your backyard: white trash.
TOTUS

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Jul 30, 2009
 
Interested Observer wrote:
Naperville.
It figures.
Highland Park... Holier than thou. It figures.
TOTUS

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Jul 30, 2009
 
Interested Observer wrote:
Naperville.
It figures.
Yeah, as the Trib reported, Highland Park High School led the nation in the number of bad grade students clouted into U of I. The people in Naperville are poorer since they didn't have the clout to get ahead. Hence, the chickens.

Highland Park is a fine town, but so is Naperville.
Mark in Chicago

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Jul 30, 2009
 
I hope the mayor starts a program of licensing/fining these backyard coops.
City could use the revenue and it might discourage some from being soloists.
We are all in this together and we donít need to many people out for themselves.
CHANGE is here!
Lose the Iron

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Jul 30, 2009
 
charles_s wrote:
Hey - yeahyou... Do we live next to the same fool of aneighbor? I think backyard keeping is a BAD idea except for the experienced and only if you want to keep 2-3 chickens. You want to play farmer - buy a farmette with some acreage. Don't torture your suburban neighbors with your "hobby".
a coop full of dirty chickens smells like a toilet that has not been flushed in a week. And for the record - roosters do NOT just crow in the AM they crow all darn day and night long and can be heard like a quarter mile away.
Eggs are anywhere from 50 cents to a dollar a dozen in the stores. Even the organic ones are like 2.50 a doz. Unless you are raising them for meat, it is not an economical way to get your eggs as the price of feed has to be more than what those eggs cost in stores.
I have chickens and ducks and I have to agree with you. I have acreage and they roam most the day, so there isn't the smell factor. I can only imagine them in an urban/suburban setting if there is a big, heavily vegetated yard and very diligent cleanliness. And only 2-3 birds max as you say. And NEVER a rooster!

However, I disagree about the store eggs. Chicken farms are notoriously vile, the eggs are chemically washed, lower in nutritional value and designations of "free range" are nebulous. You're correct that folks who claim they are trying to save money are in for a rude awakening, but the quality is worth the extra cost and time, in my opinion.
Fizzy

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Jul 30, 2009
 
Glad they are not around here. I like to sleep past 5 am. And how do the people in the suburbs keep the coyotes away from their coops ?
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Jul 30, 2009
 
Urban chicken owners should be using chicken tractors instead of fixed coops. Move the chickens around the yard so the poop is scattered around instead of concentrated.
Tough Love

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Jul 30, 2009
 
Fizzy wrote:
Glad they are not around here. I like to sleep past 5 am. And how do the people in the suburbs keep the coyotes away from their coops ?
Maybe they close the door? Raccoons are the biggest problem.

Chickens are great bug eaters and will polish off any mosquito, slug, grub or beetle they can get their beaks on. Unfortunately they have a marvelous time shredding your garden to find them.
J in KC

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Jul 31, 2009
 
The best way to clean up after a chicken is still to rinse the barbecue sauce off the dishes, throw the bones & leftovers into a small plastic bag and put it in a sealed trash can so the raccoons can't get to it.

Next week: the best way to clean up after a pig.

Since: Dec 07

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Jul 31, 2009
 
In SalukiLand if you have chickens in your back yard and you live in town, you are called a hillbilly!

I often have chickens in my backyard....on my freaking barbeque grill where they belong! What is this 'I love the eggs...' shyte?

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