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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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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