Chickens ‘Still’ in Soup
Thirty years ago, the headline in the first issue of ‘City Farmer’ (our newspaper) was ‘Chickens in Soup’, a story about a Vancouver woman who was in trouble with municipal authorities for keeping chickens in her back yard. Recently the subject has popped up multiple times across North America.
Just before Christmas, Canada’s ‘As it Happens’ a national radio show, interviewed an Ann Arbor, Michigan Council Member who was championing the right of city residents to keep chickens.
Last week I received a call from CBC TV in Halifax asking me what I thought about a woman in that Atlantic city who had to send her urban chickens away to a farm in the country. Yesterday, a journalist in New Westminster, BC called wanting me to comment on a fellow in that city in trouble because of his fowl flock.
Once again the ‘country’ is trying to make inroads in the city but without success.
Below are links to articles which I’m finding almost weekly.
Halifax family runs afoul of poultry police “Blecha surveyed 21 cities in Canada and found that only four allowed chickens: Brampton and London in Ontario, and Surrey and Victoria in British Columbia. In contrast, the U.S. allows chickens in 53 cities.”
Read about ‘City Chickens 101′, a class in Seattle, Washington. “You will leave this class with everything you need to know to start raising chickens in your own backyard.”
And even in Powassan, Ontario, a rural town of maybe 1000
people, farm animals are not wanted. Read: ‘Zoning proposal likely to raise feathers’.
Backyard Chickens I (Farming in the City III)
Meet Bucky Buckaw – a backyard-chicken expert and Host of Bucky Buckaw’s Backyard Chicken Broadcast. Also meet Christoph Martens – a subversive backyard chickener who raises chickens within the city limits of Nelson, British Columbia. While City Bylaw #2333 prohibits the raising of poultry, Martens won’t let such an environmentally irresponsible bylaw get in the way of his path to greater self-sufficiency.