There are many weird laws in Colorado. One has to do with raising chickens in your backyard. Personally, I think if people have a backyard, and are allowed to raise a couple of chickens there for eggs, fertilizer, pest control, feathers, and (possibly) meat, can you imagine how much people could save on their grocery bill? We'd always have fresh eggs, fertilizer from their poop for our garden, feathers to make feather pillows, and they are great at eating slugs and other pests that bother our garden. About the butchering tho, I'm not sure city people would be willing to have that going on in the city, but there are slaughterhouses all over the place, and I've even heard of mobile slaughterhouses - located in vans so there's never any cleanup for the chicken owners. Just cookin'!
Here's a couple of city info's:
Thornton: you can have 2 ducks or a pig but no chickens or bees. What's up with that?
Ft.Collins: In June 2008, residents can keep up to 6 hens (no roosters) with certain restrictions.
Here's some links for other cities:
Westminster: http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=53881 - .
Great info here... http://home.centurytel.net/thecitychicken/chickenlaws.html
More good info at this link: http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5900
What are the laws for having chickens in YOUR backyard? What's your opinion about this?