On Tuesday night, I was witness to a step forward in a local community.
The city commission met to listen to a resident
who brought to light the benefits of allowing backyard chickens within the city limits.
This homeowner was one member of a "chicken council",
who came together to formulate the presentation.
Among the perks mentioned:
1. Residents having access to a local food source
(can't get much more local than your own backyard).
2. Consumers having an option for antibiotic-free, organic eggs.
3. Neighborhoods being encouraged toward self-sustanability.
4. Children learning animal care,
including being able to participate in 4-H projects.
After her wonderful video presentation,
many of the commissioners were duly impressed
and almost all of them agreed to take the next step
toward allowing this pilot program into the city.
Eight households will be chosen to host the hens
(no roosters allowed)
and will be monitored for one year.
Each site will be evaluated to ensure the birds have adequate conditions,
and the families will be interviewed to assure
that they are the best candidates for the program.
The commission will meet again at the end of the designated year,
to size up the overall outcomes
and decide whether or not
to expand and develop the program.
The chicken council did a great job of
struttin' their stuff!
Update: The program has been approved
and a panel has been reviewing applications.