Archive for Wednesday, December 3, 2008

City leaders agree on allowing chickens

December 3, 2008


Feathers weren’t ruffled at City Hall on Tuesday.

Commissioners unanimously agreed that new regulations should be written that would allow city residents to keep chickens on a small-scale basis in the city.

Earlier in the year there had been some talk of banning chickens in the city limits, after some concerns were expressed about their potential to spread disease.

But several residents who have chickens in the city urged commissioners to allow the birds to be kept as a source of food, and as an educational tool to teach children about the food chain.


jonas_opines 9 years, 4 months ago

Dammit! Now I have to go buy some chickens.

jonas_opines 9 years, 4 months ago

The real question, though, is whether or not you can train chickens to shovel your sidewalk.Too small, probably. Maybe the city will let us have an Emu.

ku14 9 years, 4 months ago

I doubt this would have passed if all the commissioners neighbors had chicken coops in there backyards. Just think what this will do for the property value and the ability to sell your home for those living next door. Can you imagine showing your well manicured back yard to a potential buyer only to be asked what is that smell and clucking noise. Oh that's the chicken farm next door!!

Quigly 9 years, 4 months ago

Welcome Avian flu, naw just kidding.

SMe 9 years, 4 months ago

And I hereby urge any resident whose son or daughter develops Histoplasmosis who lives near those chickens consider suing not only the owners of the chickens but the city, commissioners and city manager.

BigPrune 9 years, 4 months ago

This is wonderful news especially for the dirt bag family in north Lawrence that let their chickens run around inside their home. Of course their floor is dirt. Also applies to a family on the east side of town, again, their floor is dirt as well. They never seen nothin' wrong with the chickens runnin' round the house. She bring them some eggs when she's up to layin' 'em, yuk, yuk, and kids, they love them chickens. Who cares where they poop. Just got to grind them into the floor with your foot. The Spanish Flu started in Kansas around the Ft. Riley area. Birds are the nastiest, disease carrying animals known - more than rats or mice.I'm so proud of our City Commissioners.cock-a-doodle-doo!

Raider 9 years, 4 months ago

If people want to raise farm animals then they should move to a farm. Chickens shouldn't be allowed in residential neighborhoods. What's next? Will we allow people to set up hog pens in their back yards? Why not? They're a food source and children can learn about farming.

spankyandcranky 9 years, 3 months ago

I have several neighbors with chickens, and there are only a couple potetntial problems that I have seen. A proper enclosure is necessary to make sure that they do not escape. I have one neighbor that has about 10 hens and 3 roosters, and for several days during the summer they could be seen pecking in neighbors yards over a block away. And lets face it, if you don't own chickens yourself, you don't want them in your yard. Also, roosters are not necessary for egg-laying unless you want chicks to hatch from the eggs. Those 3 roosters would engage in crowing contests at all times of the day and even into the night -- highly obnoxious! My other neighbors with chickens have not been a problem at all. So if you're going to own chickens, do us all a favor and be courteous to your neighbors, their lawns, and their eardrums. Thank you.

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