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Homewood Chicken Movement Gains Momentum

Residents will gather for a chicken ordinance discussion this weekend at the Homewood Library

Less than a week after this Patch post opened up a community discussion on Homewood’s chicken-raising ban, pro-chicken residents are already beginning to mobilize.

Just a few days ago, the Facebook page “Hens for Homewood” sprang into existence. Homewood’s Jason Baldauf is the man behind the group.

“There is a growing movement in Homewood of people (myself included) who want to live more sustainably and know where their food is coming from,” Baldauf said. “I think that the idea of raising chickens is a manifestation of that.”

Historically, Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld has expressed opposition to the idea of allowing residents to raise chickens, but Hens for Homewood is hoping to change that. To start, Baldauf is inviting all residents to a chicken ordinance discussion this upcoming Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Homewood Public Library.

“If they are interested in environmental stewardship or just want to know where their eggs come from, we look forward to seeing them there,” he said.

John May January 24, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Some statements speak about things in the world... some speak only about the speaker. The vitriol here against raising chickens is both sad and very funny. Sad, because you people might actually prevent the statute from being changed. Funny, because of the extreme irony. You people who think chickens being raised in Homewood would somehow indicate we're backsliding... you're actually so backwards you have no idea where the world is headed. The great mass of people - average people - equate wealth and luxury with the latest electronics, nice cars, edged lawns, big McMansions. The forward thinking people, the smart ones, the leaders - already recognize that the electronics, cars, etc, etc, are distractions, and that what really makes one wealthy is freedom. You're so concerned about appearances, status... painting a picture that makes it look like you're well-off. You work 8 hours a day, then give your money away in trade for an even prettier picture, more pixels, a visit from Chemlawn, faster internet. Wouldn't real wealth be finding a way out of the machine? Come on. Think like you're alive, and not scared of what the neighbors say.
Buster McHugh January 25, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Although I doubt I will actually own chickens, don't get me wrong, I love my fresh veggie garden and hebs, I really don't see how all the doom and gloomers equate chickens with Homewood becoming some "redneck backwards Mayberry". I really doubt I would go through the headache, anxiety and aggrevation of putting my home up for sale, locating a new "chicken free" community, going through the whole mortgage process again and running because my neighbors might want to enjoy fresh eggs. Realistically, how many people would truly be raising chickens? I know chicken raising hasn't been top conversation in our area, so what would there be....a handful? Hardly enough to see a mass exous of the community.
Tobias Cichon January 29, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Hah, these people are saying they're going to be chased out of town by chickens. Yellow humor.
John May Needs to Wear Shoes July 12, 2014 at 06:26 PM
John May has numerous building code violations at both of his homes in Homewood. He should not be allowed to have chickens. It will be a disaster.

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