Debate: Should Chickens Be Allowed In The City? admin | January 25, 2011 | Back to Basics | 1 Comment Arguments FOR Chickens In Cities: Keeping your own chickens is wholesome, inexpensive and empowering. Chickens are a sustainable way to provide eggs to families and neighbors. Roosters excluded, hens are actually quieter than barking dogs. Chicken droppings can make great fertilizer for communities. Backyard poultry reduces one’s carbon footprint, requiring less gas to get to market. You can see that your chicken is untreated with hormones, clean and safe. Eggs taste better and fresher, and are also less expensive. Chickens are the ideal educational pet for families. They are great pest control against unwanted bugs and dispose of food scraps that may otherwise end up in landfills. Arguments AGAINST Chickens In Cities: Chickens are noisy and there is no way to silence them once they get going. Chickens produce a lot of droppings, which create an unpleasant odor. The birds may attract predators like raccoons, fox, coyotes, stray dogs and wild cats. If improperly sealed, chicken feed attracts disease-transmitting vermin like rats. A small city plot may not be enough space to raise a bunch of chickens humanely. Enforcement of the law will cost cities extra money for inspection and enforcement. Slaughtering chickens in the city can be disturbing and unsanitary. If people stop caring for their pets, they may wind up in animal shelters. Do you want chickens in your city? Here’s what you can do: Visit The City Chicken website to learn more about local chicken laws and how to get your own. Article: Jennn FusionTwitter: @jennnfusion Related posts:Bats - Backyard ProtectorsHow to test an egg for freshnessGenetically Modified Chickens May Prevent Future Bird Flu EpidemicsWhat Will A Dozen Eggs Buy? Related Posts Choosing a Thanksgiving Turkey? Try Heritage Turkeys! 1 Comment | Nov 15, 2010 America’s Top 10 Backyard Birds No Comments | Feb 9, 2011 Why You Should Get A Bat House No Comments | Apr 15, 2017 How to test an egg for freshness No Comments | Dec 11, 2010 One Comment Pat Thompson October 15, 2011 I raise 7 hens inside city limits in St. John’s, NL on a large piece of property. Hard to see what could be worse, keeping hens or filling up a bird feeder? My sense is that a responsible citizen has a better chance of controlling mice/rats raising hens than feeding birds from a bird feeder. Pat Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.