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Chickens in City Backyards

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:

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?


Humble wife said...

There are zip in any laws where I live(well for sure no one heeds them as we live far from city)>

We have turkeys, chickens, ducks, and geese in the back "yard". Hens are clucking at all times and will get worked up and cluck for no reason. So I guess this may be annoying to the quiet escape and serenity that a city provides!

Honestly ducks and geese are the worst to have because of the flies....they draw them like magnets.

NVG-WmsFam said...

I read somewhere that quail are less stinky than chickens and easier to care for. We're looking into those, but meanwhile, still hoping for a homestead where we can have chickens. Thanks for your comment!