Salt Lake County Council considers allowing chickens for city r...

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The Salt Lake County Council says it wants to encourage more sustainable living by allowing residents to raise chickens in urban areas. Full Story
Dr Hal Hickman

Tooele, UT

#1 Mar 9, 2010
Terribly discriminating against pigs, cows, goats, and especially roosters!
Mary Ann Hubbell

Eden, UT

#2 Mar 9, 2010
Shows the ignorance of some people. Why would having a few chickens be any worse than dogs, cats, pet birds or other types of pets? I hope they attempt to get educated before they make some decisions.
chickchick

Riverton, UT

#3 Mar 9, 2010
I live in Eagle Mountain and have four chickens, my Father in law lives in South Jordan and has eight chickens, and my uncle lives in Highland and has six chickens. None of us has run into a "public safty" issue...if our chickens ever became diseased we would be the first to get rid of them. I wouldn't want my kids around sick birds and I would never eat an egg from a chicken I thought was ill. My father in law's rooster won firt prize at the Salt Lake County Fair last summer. and rodents?? If you clean the coop on a regular basis you won't have rodents. A clean coop is also necessary for the chickens to lay eggs because they will stop laying in filthy conditions.
There are many benefits from having and raising chickens. 1. My children are benefiting educationally by learning about the life cycle of animals, where food comes from, and how to care for and feed chickens. 2. Chicken manure is great for gardens. 3. Chickens eat all kinds of bugs and insects especially grasshoppers. In fact, several of my neighbors invited my chickens over last summer to "debug" their yards. 4. The eggs of home raised chickens are superior in nutrition to store bought eggs. 5. Chickens and their coops don't take up that much space. A dog run for a medium sized dog can comfortably house 4-6 chickens. 6. Chickens can be fun! My father in law has trained them to come to him when he calls them. 7. Finally, having the eggs available on a consistant basis can provide you an element of self reliance.
I really hope this ordinance passes. I think raising chickens is a great hobby and I would encourage anyone who is interested in it to give it a try.
reallife supporter

Ogden, UT

#4 Mar 10, 2010
I am 29 and I grew up raising farm animals including hundreds of chickens, so I have very good working knowledge of how the ecosystem works around them. Chickens given proper space, shelter, diet, and waste removal are actually a boost to the area around them. They eat larvae of disease spreading insects. Fence your garden in the spring and let a few chickens in to scratch through the dirt - they will eat the grubs that ruin your squash, for one. Chicken leavings are too hot to use as standard fertilizer, but the amount left behind while they stir up the soil and eat the pests is just right to give you garden soil a boost. There are so many breeds and varieties of chickens to choose from. If people are concerned about waste, get bantam chickens - hey they even lay neat colored eggs. They eat less food, thus leaving behind smaller amounts of waste, and they can live in smaller spaces. The difference between fresh and store bought eggs is huge. As a child and teenager I could not eat restaurant eggs because they were terribly runny and lacked flavor. My neighbor has a small flock of chickens and some ducks, as well. We have no property line fence and I am so grateful to her birds because they control the flies, mosquitoes, and destructive grubs. So what if her rooster crows - it's not like it does it enough to keep me from sleeping. I get so upset when people complain about food producing animals in town or on the outskirts of town. Fresh food is so much more wholesome than the stuff in the grocery stores. I am not part of this dispute, but it gets on my nerves when people try to infringe on others rights to produce their own food. It's time to remove the blinders, people - a few chickens aren't going to hurt anyone. Shall we start shooting seagulls, too? Don't they poop everywhere, and aren't there a ton of them in Utah? Might as well get rid of all the birds while we're at it; now doesn't that seem silly? Not trying to be rude, I just care about humanity and want to preserve our freedom.
win Reynolds

Salt Lake City, UT

#5 Mar 10, 2010
I think having chickens is a great opportunity. Nothing wrong with raising your own food, in fact steroid free eggs and meat is great. As far as the disease most people feed medicated chick feed. As far a rodents the neighbors weeds are definantly not attracting rodents. Where you have rodents you have predators. Not all people are looking for roosters to make noise just hens for eggs. I think having all the bugs eaten in my yard is a good thing no more pesticides, and my lawn and tomato plants all have natural fertilizer. Also I think having the children take care of the chickens teaches them a life lesson on responsibility.
TSWalker

Great Falls, VA

#6 Mar 10, 2010
Go Ranger Rick!!!

I happen to know that all animals--not only chickens--make great neighbors. On the neighborly life-forms list are also: ducks, turkeys, dogs, rabbits, geese, cats, bees, and fruit-bearing vegetation. What good is drinking water without honey and scrambled eggs anyways?

Rather than "hatching" a plan for urban farming, the city council should look into "Hatch-ing" a plan. I can arrange a meet, but it'd have to be next January sometime.

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