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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1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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