published Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Facebook feedback: Do you agree with the Chattanooga City Council’s decision not to allow chickens inside the city limits?

Do you agree with the Chattanooga City Council’s decision not to allow chickens inside the city limits?

If we are not allowed to keep urban chickens, they need to overturn the zoning laws that allowed chicken processing plants into downtown.

— Josh Couillard

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Meanwhile, there have been 30 people shot in Chattanooga in the past six months ...

— Cody Maxwell

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Half the Southside is chickified, why not the whole city? Chickanoogans for chickens!

— David Ashley

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Chattanooga. Hicks, hipsters and nothing in between.

— Drew Horwick

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If it were passed ... the next group would (want to) have pigs, goats, cows, or even ostriches. All legitimate food sources. It was best to nip this in the bud before Chattanooga became one big farm.

— Ron Gilreath

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I lived in Miami, and a rooster would fly up to my neighbor’s bedroom window each morning and crow. It belonged to another neighbor and did not incite friendship between the two.

— Charles Delling

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They are called fowl for a reason.

— Dustin Everett

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Nothing like usurping the people’s right to self sufficiency and food choice.

— Mike Chang

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nucanuck said...

The world of hormone infused corporate chickens has become accepted as normal, even desirable...strange that. Any movement towards a healthier home raised egg maker certainly seems like a logical step in regaining some degree of individual food production capability. The potential problems associated with city chickens has been successfully addressed by cities all over America. Prohibit roosters, duh! Limit numbers. This isn't, or shouldn't be a big deal.

Chattanooga can join with other leading cities in encouraging a variety of individual food production capabilities, or follow along behind. Either way, city chickens will continue to proliferate in many American cities.

July 11, 2013 at 2:24 a.m.
EaTn said...

Unlike dogs who bark all night and keep neighbors awake, chickens go to bed with the chickens.

July 11, 2013 at 7:07 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Good point Ea Tn, and I might add that dogs aren't very selective about where they poop.

Maybe we need an ordinance prohibiting dogs in the city.

In reality, responsible chicken owners and responsible dog owners don't create problems, the key word being responsible. The push for city chickens is coming from environmental types who tend to be quite responsible.

July 11, 2013 at 10:15 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

We really don't need chickens is our urban area, your money would be better spent on programs getting jobs to urban residents. If you want to raise farm animals, why not buy some acreage out in the county? Chickens are a vector in the new asian flu virus, but I assume you know that.

July 11, 2013 at 2:21 p.m.
nucanuck said...

During the depression the US population lived mostly on farms. Without that, many would have starved over those difficult years. Now we mostly live in cities and we are totally dependent on food that travels on average, more than a thousand miles to get to our tables. Any and everything we can do to produce more of our own food just makes us that much stronger should we face economic hard times again. Does anyone think we are immune to a recurrence of very hard times?

July 11, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.
fairmon said...

I don't want to take care of any chickens nor do I want neighbors with clucking, stinking, disease carrying, wing flapping chickens. I don't care if other neighborhoods have them but not mine. I buy eggs and produce from in area farmers and that works very well.

nucanuck...Producing enough food to cope with hard times sounds good and will work if the grower cans, freezes and preserves the food they grow so they can provide for themselves year round. I doubt the locals that want to play green acres will do that.

An ordinance requiring a minimum size land plot of no less than 2 acres and no closer to any neighbor than 300 ft. would address the neighbor irritation problem. The owners would need to follow well written litter containment and disposal policies consistent with OSHA standards.

Perhaps we could insist owners obtain their chickens from Canada. It has been said Canadians don't think their poop stinks, it sounds like they think the same about the droppings of their chickens.

It is probably a fad that will go away if the majority is patient.

July 12, 2013 at 3:59 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Indeed, this may be a fad, but more likely, we are at or near a top in corporate agribusiness and a resurgence in food production at the local and individual level. We can probably deduce that from the tens of millions of people that are now out of the mainstream workforce.

Emerging megatrends aren't usually visible during their early stages.

Think of chicken poop as gardener's gold.

July 12, 2013 at 2:09 p.m.
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