Letter: Do you care about poultry? Join these QCChickens

Posted Online: March 26, 2013, 3:34 pm
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A group was recently formed called QCChickens that is collecting signatures and rallying support to allow property owners to raise up to six hens (not roosters) within city limits.

There are online petitions for all of the Quad-Cities at "QCChickens.wordpress.com" and on Facebook.

Other cities have successfully allowed backyard hens, such as Chicago, St. Louis, Des Moines, Ames, and Iowa City. These cities have seen virtually no affect on animal control, nor increase in disturbance calls.

The ordinance would include confinement and cleanliness requirements, a permit mandating a chicken-care class, and other protections for property owners, neighbors, and the animals.

Unlike roosters, hens make almost no noise, unless they are frightened or laying an extra large egg. They are also very clean animals. Their droppings are good fertilizer and have nearly no smell if allowed to roam a backyard or small pen. But just as with any domestic animal, their pens need to be cleaned regularly. Hens provide fresh eggs and educational opportunities for children, as well as remove pests like ticks and Japanese beetles.

Young people and others are seeking communities where local food is readily available, especially in their own backyard. Local businesses could increase revenue by selling feed, coops and other equipment. With city elections coming up in April, our group would like to know the candidates' position on allowing backyard hens for property owners.

Devin Hansen,
Council Bluffs
(formerly of Rock Island)


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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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