In the last few years, as the eat local/sustainable living/organic/recycle lifestyle has gained popularity, cities and towns all over America have been relaxing their chicken laws to allow 4-6 carefully tended, pet backyard hens for eggs.My family probably can't do it, because our backyard fails or only barely meets the size requirements, but I'd totally love it if our neighbors did this.
We're talking about hens only, no roosters (no noise!) kept in a pretty, carefully-maintained enclosed coop; raised by hand as pets and for eggs. Chicken droppings make amazing compost for the garden and the hens recycle kitchen scraps!
Heritage breed chickens are calm, docile, and when hand-raised they become affectionate pets that come when they are called. Kept as suburban pets, and cleaned regularly, backyard chickens don't smell. In all, they make less noise and smell than many dogs.
It’s fun, educational, healthy, and environmentally sound!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Backyard chicks in Arlington, MA
Pam Callaway is pursuing a cool idea for a town rule that would permit backyard hens: