How about some chickens…in town

I’m just curious as to how some of you folks feel about this issue, so I thought I’d put it out there.

With food prices soaring and some sort of food recall or contamination story hitting the news regularly, the time has never been better to start growing your own food. I have noticed more little garden plots in the ground this year, or at least it seems to me like there are more around, and I think that is great. Nothing beats a good ol’ homegrown tomater, right? 🙂

Also, I think more people are getting interested in raising their own livestock, and it seems that one of the easiest ways to venture in to that area is to start by raising your own chickens for both meat and eggs.

What I am curious about are the folks who live inside the city limits of West Liberty. Currently, I THINK there are ordinances against having livestock within the city limits, but I know in several cities, exceptions have been made for poultry, typically excluding roosters or noisy fowl, and no slaughtering on the premises.

In West Liberty, I’m not sure how strictly it would be enforced if someone WERE to have a few chickens in their back yard. I’m sure it might depend on the neighbors and the area, but it would seem to me that it should be OK for someone to have 4 or so chickens pecking around in their yard, if they wish. I am just curious if anyone inside city limits currently DOES have some chickens (I promise, I won’t tell!!)…and I wondered what YOUR thoughts were on having livestock in town.

(By the way, if you are interested in starting to raise a few chickens of your own, you might check out the poultryOne web site or the Community Chickens site)

UPDATE: Turns out, you CAN have chickens in town. Livestock is allowed, provided it is not being produced for commercial use. So, I reckon if you want a few chickens, you should be fine!

  • sunnyborderblue

    are you wanting to raise some chickens? 🙂

    having a couple of chickens shouldn’t be a problem (or wouldn’t be for me if i lived next door to them), as long as they’re not roosters. the courteous thing to do would be to ask your neighbors if they would have an issue with it. once you explained the situation and how you would operate your mini-chicken farm, their resistance may lessen. depending on how you house your fowl (how many sentences start like that? 🙂 ), there may be a problem with dogs getting to them which would likely upset the chicken owner and neighbors. in my opinion, there should also be a required educational component (there may be one already – i’m not sure).

    just my two cents………maybe less!