August '08 3
After a chicken dies of old age from living a healthy life in a secure coop/run, something will need to be done with the body. This is a topic that would need to be discussed further prior to approving chickens.
Animals Roaming the Streets
August '08 3
Chickens, just like dogs must be securely contained with in the owner’s property. Chickens should be kept in a fenced in run or coop when unsupervised.
Avian Flu, Disease
Caring pet owners are more likely to treat all the animals in their family better than the mass agricultural industries. More space per hen and better food mean that home raised chickens will be healthier.
Home owners who sign an HOA contract, just like renters, do not have complete control over what they may do on the property where they reside.
It's not Cary
This is a tricky concern to counter because it is a subjective opinion and not really an argument. The Cary Town Council states that the town is “a world class city” that cares about the environment. If so, why is the council unwilling to discover the facts?
More Sustainable Living
Raising your own chickens will bring you and your family one step closer to a sustainable and self-sufficenct life. The eggs that you eat will not need to be trucked from a farm to a local grocery store and then picked up by you from the store.
Hens are much quieter than dogs. Roosters are loud, which is why we are requesting that roosters remain forbidden.
Chicken owners will do their best to protect their flock. Most coop designs will be sturdy enough to keep medium sized predators out (e.g. coyotes, dogs, foxes, raccoons) and keep the chickens in. Even without chickens in a town, medium sized predators thrive in suburban settings due to the readily available food.
Read Biting the Big Apple for a good article about why predators thrive in towns.
As stated at the council meeting, we believe that chickens should not be slaughtered in a person’s backyard. Butchers and chicken processing plants would be the expected destination…
Just like with any pet, it is up to the owner to be responsible and properly take care of their pet. A small number of hens living in a properly sized coop that is cleaned on a regular basis, then it will smell no worse than a litter box or a dog.
You Need A Rooster To Get Eggs
February '12 9
This is a common misunderstanding about where eggs come from. Toddler dispels chicken myth. Hens will lay eggs with or without a rooster present. A rooster is only needed to fertilize eggs and raise more chickens.