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.
(formerly of Rock Island)
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