What the Cluck? Should Homewood Allow Chickens?

Believe it or not, there is an increasing interest among Homewood residents to raise chickens.

It may sound funny at first, but there’s no joking about it. Many Homewood folks want chickens.

One Homewood resident, who wished to remain anonymous, explains:

“With the growing trend for people to get back to growing their own food and being more conscious of where their food is coming from, I've talked to quite a few residents who want to have chickens,” she said. “I even know people who moved out of Homewood so they could have the freedom to have their own plot of land with some chickens.”

Mayor Richard Hofeld has previously expressed opposition to the idea. According to him, chickens aren’t suited for our semi-urban setting.

“Chickens smell,” Hofeld previously said in a Patch video. “They really and truly do.”

Many major cities, however, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles allow their residents to keep the birds. And there are other benefits, according to our anonymous advocate.

“They are effective in pest control, great for the ground—and fresh eggs are great,” she said. “Also, for those with the stomachs for it, being able to provide your family with meat is awesome—especially if you know how that animal was cared for.”

Does the notion of sharing your backyard with a chicken coop horrify you, or do you welcome the idea? We want to hear what you think!

James Madison January 22, 2014 at 09:50 PM
HeyDey-O January 27, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Chickens are not just for farm folks anymore, folks! Here's an interactive map that shows chicken friendly communities which includes Naperville, Oak Park, the CITY OF CHICAGO, Palos, Worth: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/310268/chicken-lore-project-find-submit-local-chicken-laws-ordinances The truth is, urban sustainability is a growing movement - people are getting back to their roots and growing gardens and raising chickens all over the country. Pay attention to where your food is coming from! The industrial farming model is killing our fertile soil and causing mayhem in our food supply. Backyard gardens and chickens are clean, responsible, healthy, financially beneficial and it won't infect your neighbors with Hillbillyitus! No one is going to be let off the hook for not maintaining their property because we allow people to have chickens. We still have to keep our properties in good shape!
Lynn January 28, 2014 at 05:57 AM
Very good and valid points Hey-Dey-O Thank you for share tghe information & your thoughts.
John May February 24, 2014 at 05:35 PM
"Chickens flood shelters" That's a line from the post above about people getting tired of their chickens and giving them up to the humane society. I'm just aghast. I can't even think of the words. Now, I don't mean to sound insensitive. I understand that there are people who are ethically opposed to eating meat. But I promise, there is not going to be a problem with "unwanted chickens". There just won't.
Robert Mattison March 29, 2014 at 03:57 PM
John, Thanks your promise makes us all feel so much better. I know you will be a responsible "chicken man" LOL


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