Raising Chickens in the City: Opportunities and Challenges
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Hours: 10:00 am – Noon
Where: Jensen Room
Cost: $15 / $10 GPCA Members and Volunteers
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions this year to get in touch with your “inner farmer?” Let us help! Jennifer Murtoff, president of Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting, joins us to share the reasons raising chickens in the city is both important and doable. Come join us for this informative class, where you’ll learn a bit about how to choose a chicken for your space, get coop plans, and more.
Please register by visiting the web page and clicking the “register now” button below. If you have further questions about this class, please contact Melanie Harding at x16 email@example.com. Please note that registrations cannot be refunded after Friday, December 27th. If you purchase a spot in this workshop after 5pm on Friday, January 4th, please either bring a printed copy of your email receipt, or show it on your smart phone at the door of the workshop.
Home to Roost was interviewed this week for this article on the quest to legalize chickens in Iowa City.
The Iowa City City Council voted 5-2 on the first consideration of an amendment to the city’s zoning code on establishing a permit process, which would allow residents to keep chickens at single-family detached residences. Councilors Michelle Payne and Terry Dickens voted against the measure.
Good luck, Iowa City chicken enthusiasts!
I got a call yesterday from the University of Iowa and spoke to a reporter who documented the Iowa City chicken-keeping efforts in this article, published online today (4/17/2012).
This movement was seeded by a former chicken keeper from Albuquerque who wanted backyard hens at her new home.
“Everyone comes to the table with different reasons [for urban chicken keeping],” said LaBadie, who organized several chicken-keeping groups in Albuquerque. “… But it’s not like it’s a brand-new thing. They’re allowed in New York City, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, and larger urban areas. I feel like they could work in Iowa City.”
A Palatine couple seeks the right to keep chickens. For more information and a link to their Facebook page, read this article.
“Consider being a part of this group to support green living in the Palatine area by allowing backyard hens!” the Facebook page states.
After a particularly protracted debated, which lasted until 1 AM, Annapolis, MD, city council approved chicken keeping.
…the most recent bill allowed for up to five chickens per residence and requires a setback of 5 feet from the property line. All coops must comply with building codes. There will be no roosters allowed, only chickens*. And this legislation has a sunset clause of three years. If the council takes no further action, chickens will once again be banished from the City.
To read more, check out the original article.
*The author means hens. Chicken refers to both genders; hen is female, rooster is male.
Home to Roost will be teaching a chicken-keeping class at the Chicago Botanic Garden this spring and was mentioned in Chicago Life magazine as part of a more utilitarian trend in use of backyard space.