Lots going on. Yesterday was my hearing. One vote for my interpretation of the ordinance. Four against. Okay….round 2. Appeal to circuit court. Okay…will do.
Aaron Applegate interviewed me outside the hearing and I ended up in the paper again. I am stoked about that as it is more positive energy flow for my girls and the rest of the city who wants to keep chickens for many of the same reasons I do. My dad turned on the radio and they were talking about me on WNIS and the things they were saying were, in my opinion, ignorant. I do not mean that disrespectfully. I mean that literally. By the definition. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary…ignorance: the state or fact of being ignorant : lack of knowledge, education, or awareness. People tend to assume things they obviously know nothing about. He was talking about how they would attract rodents with food all over the ground and how that would be a danger to the neighborhood kids. I immediately called in to set the record straight. My chickens are in a fenced in screened over pen. They do not roam freely around my yard. If feeders attract rodents then we need to make wild bird feeders illegal too….ridiculous! He is sending his producer to my house this afternoon to make a judgement on whether or not he would live next door to me or if he would have a problem with a neighbor having chickens. I invited him! Please come check out my set up!
I then got all fired up and wrote yet another email to ALL city council members. The following is a copy of that letter as sent!
To all council members:
Did you know a backyard flock, WITHOUT a rooster, still gives fresh nutritious eggs to the family that has them? Did you know they eat pesky mosquitos and other undesirable bugs like fleas and ticks? Did you know they eat garden pests and weeds? Did you know they eat all kinds of kitchen scraps and turn that into valuable fertilizer and eggs? I am asking these questions, respectfully, because until a couple short years ago, I didn’t know the answers to those questions. I thought you had to have a noisy rooster in order to get eggs. That is fiction, you only need a rooster if you want fertilized eggs, for more chickens.
I invite you to come check out my setup. My set up is clean and maintained to a high standard. My neighbors support me. I provide my family with food, in the form of good quality eggs. They are quiet. They are my pets.
In this economic time of uncertainty, backyard hens help in so many ways. Directly through food and fertilizer for my vegetable gardens. Also stress relief as they are a major source of entertainment for me. Indirectly, through keeping my neighbors close knit as they all enjoy my chickens and the excess eggs I provide their families in this harsh economic time.
Everyone is “going green” and backyard chickens will certainly help with that as well. They keep much food debris out of the landfills that would in turn become methane gas. They produce valuable topsoil that has become scarce in this country. I encourage you to check into this as a solution for many things in our environment today.
This could create jobs for the city as those desiring chickens could pay for a license and inspections that we could pay for. (Just like when we get inspected by the people for home improvements, electric, water, heating and air conditioning.) This could generate more income for the city while keeping foodstuffs out of the landfills and providing fresh, better than store bought, eggs for families.
I look forward to your thoughts.
I am looking for support from at least one council member to assist me in changing the city ordinance to allow backyard hens. Do you truly care about your city? Do you truly want to support sustainability? I provided you all in previous emails a packet of information of other cities that allow backyard hens.
Knowing where your food comes from may not be important to you, but it is very important to me and my family and my neighbors.
I am more than willing to be a “test case” to see if backyard chickens will work in our area. There are already hundreds in the city that have chickens in residential zones. They are afraid to come forward for fear of losing their flock. I am not getting rid of my chickens. One of you may as well jump on board because I am not going away. Every day, more and more people call me and come by my house to see what I have going on because they want what I have. Change is coming. I invite you to be integral in that change.
Thank you for your consideration,
Feel free to call and come check out what I have.