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Should Lawrence residents be allowed to keep live chickens on their property?

Response Percent Votes
58% 473
36% 291
Not sure.
4% 38
Total 802


Daytrader23 9 years, 11 months ago

It depends. Is Lawrence in North Korea or in the United States of America? Grow your dang chickens. It's healthier than eating Tyson's chicken. Machts was du willst. (german for "do what you want". Literal is make what you will)

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 11 months ago

I am shocked at the people who are all pro chicken raisers in the city limits. The entire thought of it rises to the occasion of third world country cities.

Dan Alexander 9 years, 11 months ago

raised a rooster on 19th and Tennessee, gosh I miss that boy, bet the neighbors don't.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 11 months ago

To answer the original question: only if the chickens are registered as domestic partners.

canyon_wren 9 years, 11 months ago

Yes, but no roosters that will start crowing at 3 a.m. Also, there should be some standard of cleanliness/order that must be adhered to. And I imagine lot size/proximity of neighbors should be taken into consideration.

HootyWho 9 years, 11 months ago

I live in an apartment, so i won't be raising chickens. If you think chicken is expensive in a store, try raising them. Then try slaughtering them, they don't come neatly wrapped in plastic.

jaythomp11 9 years, 11 months ago

I live in an apartment on the upper west side in NYC, and my neighbor across the hall recently purchased a chicken. Little did he know, however, that he bought a rooster when he expected to get a hen (he wanted range free farm fresh eggs). Needless to say, it is quite annoying when the rooster begins to crow at 5am. Something tells me that he won't have it for long though, since he hooked up with Marcelino - the owner of our local bodega. Marcelino runs a cockfighting operation and he has convinced my neighbor to fight his rooster. At first, I was uneasy about it, but Marcelino promised to take down the check that I wrote him that was returned to him with insufficient funds (it was a clown check....the bank sent me the wrong ones). Anyways, my neighbors rooster - Little Jerry Seinfeld - won his first fight! He was pecking, and strutting, and talking trash!

fu7il3 9 years, 11 months ago

"Wow! Just wow! There are many times when I prefer third world nations, for all their simplicities (as long as I have good internet access)."I'm sure that's what the third world nation people are thinking right now. "Why would I want all the clean hot running water, electricity, color TV, and food I can handle? That would just complicate things."We must be rich if we have people thinking that they would prefer to live in third world countries.

Meryl Carver 9 years, 11 months ago

Growing your own food (including eggs) is a good thing and it's a growing trend. It would be better for the city to embrace people who want to do so responsibly, rather than prohibit it. I think people who have chickens or people who want to keep chickens are probably going to attempt to do so no matter what. If you're really concerned about disease control, it seems better to allow them to do so openly (in backyards, not houses) and with some sort of complaint procedure for those who do not take proper care of their pets (cleaning up after them, keeping them enclosed, etc.).As an example, in Madison, Wisconsin, the city ordinances require:Up to 4 domestic fowl allowed per single-family dwellingNo RoostersNo SlaughteringPoultry shall be kept within a secure enclosure and not allowed to run freeEnclosures shall be located no closer than 25' from nearest neighbors residenceA $6 permit is required (per household), to be renewed annuallyHere's a good site with more information about keeping chickens in town, including information about the legal aspects:

blessed3x 9 years, 11 months ago

The rooster that ends up next door to me will be treated to a nice corn/rat poison mix.

onrywmn 9 years, 11 months ago

Should Lawrence residents be allowed to keep live chickens on their property? Better than dead ones.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 11 months ago

BTW, the cyber**ing website cool is plugging is part of a certain odious local 'forum' where you can see stellar examples of juvenile personal attacks. If that's what you're all about, I'd recommend going through proxify dot com if you want to check it out.Stillhavingawonderfulspam-freeinternetlife.

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 11 months ago

Has anybody given any thought to deterioating real estate values?

Flatlandan 9 years, 11 months ago

Chickens that are kept pennned up and fed "chow" composed of animal waste containing Salmonella and other diseases are indeed "prone to salmonella." A few years ago Tyson began "incubating" chicks with a coctail of the common commensural bacteria that free range chickens normally pick up from the critters they eat to combat salmonella infections. My personal experience with chickens confirms this. I bought an incubator to replace the chickens I lost to predators. (I live in the country) Having read THAT POOP ON THE EGGS WOULD LEAD TO DISEASED CHICKS I would typically wait for a hen to get broody setting on eggs and would collect the meticulosly clean eggs from other fresh nests "with No poop on them" carefully control the humidity and temperature and the best I got was about 75 % hatch. Meanwhile the poop covered eggs hatched at about 96 % and I've never had a sick chicken. But, then again, they are almost wild and feed themselves almost all year and have never met Purina. It occurs to me that chickens don't care where they poop, because their poop is not diseased, in fact it seems to serve as an Inoculant to "share the wealth" of naturally occuring microbes in the flock. Roosters are only useful if you want to hatch new chicks, the hens lay just fine with no rooster to harrass and crow over them. They also eat lots of bugs and they either eat the Deer ticks or repel them as I have far fewer ticks than before I had chickens, and I live right in the woods.

blindrabbit 9 years, 11 months ago

Did'nt see any when I was there, but the tiny town of Chicken, Alaska was just on of the highlights of the trip. Seems like back in the Klondike days, the gold crazed prospectors named the town because the local ptarmigans reminded them of the chickens back home. Must have been lonely. Try to find it on a map!! I'm in the yes column!

Janet Lowther 9 years, 11 months ago

It seems we are living in what is rapidly becoming a post-industrial society - and a post-industrial society will look a whole lot like a third-world society, except with regulations which make it utterly impossible to escape poverty.The infrastructure has yet to devolve to third world standards, but with governments squandering their resources on non-essentials while the infrastructure moulders, it soon will.At the rate things are going, it won't be all that long before water and sewer services become intermittent, and driving from town to town becomes an adventure. So, chickens in town? Why not? Go ahead and get the sound effects to go with the crumbling streets and collapsing sewers!Lets have back yard sheep too! A couple or three lambs will convert the grass in a suburban-size back yard into meat and wool, save the gas for the lawnmower and avoid it's rather substantial air pollution! Not to mention the savings in fertilizer. . .

Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

Chickens do not wallow in the their poop nor do they sleep in their poop. They roost. Hens do not crow. Chickens are pets too. The undesirable health problems are most prominent with the industrial chicken farms due to the very crowded unhealthy living conditions. Is this a large number of complaints? Have the concerned parties contacted their neighbors to become acquainted with the situation. Most chicken owners I know do not own Roosters so Roosters cannot be that big of a problemSo I guess all exotic pets will need to be outlawed in the city limits.

jumpin_catfish 9 years, 11 months ago

Maybe a cow or two and hogs what about some hogs. Oh rabbits would be nice. Not, its bad enough I have to put up with the smell of the neighbor's dog and his sh*t they never pick up but livestock in town is a dumb no stupid idea.

ksrover 9 years, 11 months ago

LOL! Multidisciplinary - I was floored there's a site dedicated to listing cities/states that allow chickens!Gotta love the internet!

Lisia 9 years, 11 months ago

Oooh! Chicken manure makes great fertilizer. I wonder if anyone who has chickens would be willing to sell some of their poo as fertilizer for gardens...Hmm... rabbits, too, come to think of it. Is it legal to keep rabbits?

average 9 years, 11 months ago

There are thousands of homes in Lawrence and elsewhere under strict homeowners' associations. Feel free to move to one.Neighbor on one side has chickens. Neighbor on the other works on his car on blocks. House down the street is bright purple. I hang my clothes on a clothesline. I love it.

1029 9 years, 11 months ago

I got my first chicken several years ago and have found that they make great pets, better than cats or dogs in my mind. Today I have two chickens living with me in my apartment near campus and I am thinking about getting a third. You would not believe how many girls come up to me and want to pet my chickens when I take them for walks in south park. Plus, unlike a dog or a cat, you can just eat your chicken if you get sick of it or if it ruins your things when you aren't home.

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