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.