Chickens Win!

Discussion in 'International Current News & Events' started by UncleJoe, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. UncleJoe

    UncleJoe Well-Known Member

    Knoxville City Council approves backyard chickens

    Knoxville, (Tn.) City Council on Tuesday night approved an ordinance to legalize the keeping of backyard chickens within city limits.

    The ordinance was sponsored by Councilman Chris Woodhull and approved on a unanimous voice vote. Second reading will be heard in four weeks rather than two weeks to give "stakeholders" a chance to meet to consider improving the ordinance.

    Currently, the practice is illegal under the city code.

    Stephen Smith, a nonpracticing veterinarian, said backyard hens will "decrease the (city's) environmental footprint."

    Chad Hellwinckel, with the Knoxville Urban Hen Coalition, said backyard hens are a healthy source of eggs and strengthen community ties.

    Some opponents, including animal control official Karen Pappas, said they were concerned about an increase in predators. Others said they were concerned about the odor and decreasing property values by neighbors.

    Under the new ordinance, backyard hens could be kept only for egg production - not for the selling of eggs or chicken breeding.

    A $25 annual permit would be required. The ordinance would allow six chickens on any size lot.

    Only hens - not roosters - would be allowed. Hens would be required to be kept in a fenced enclosure that would have to be "clean, dry and odor-free" and could not disturb neighbors.

    Naekid, Tell twolittlefishes to keep up the fight.
  2. Aemilia

    Aemilia Zookeeper

    :congrat: And I've seen pictures of a few chicken coops that would increase property values - the Taj Mahal for chickens. I think it had a hardwood floor.

  3. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

    I am forwarding the information to the group right away. Good to hear that other cities are starting to see the positive nature of growing / raising your own food-supplies!
  4. Bigdog57

    Bigdog57 Adventurer at large

    "Some opponents, including animal control official Karen Pappas, said they were concerned about an increase in predators."

    That is what the venerable .410 shotgun is for....... :D
  5. Asatrur

    Asatrur Well-Known Member

    We have had chickens for 3 years now near a major DT and we have problems with predators long before our girls due to people throwing away perfectly good food in their trash cans.

    As for the odor-free, I find it funny that they have no issues with dog **** in peoples yard when they neglect to pick it up.