Urban Chickens Can't Be Our Most Pressing Problem - And Response

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Really? Urban chickens is what our new council has on their minds? That's the most pressing problem they have?

If they are in charge or the Animal Board is in charge or McKamey is in charge? How about, if they want to worry about animals, they worry about all the unaltered animals that wind up at shelters in our community. Let's get an ordinance that requires people to neuter their dogs and cats and let the chickens alone.

Once these people get them and find out how much trouble, expense and smell goes along with chickens, they'll have them for Sunday dinner and that solves it all.

Find something constructive to do at council meetings and don't make us laugh at your pressing issues as a new council.

Jeanne Harte 

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Ms. Harte,
Is the issue of raising chickens within the city limits 'the most pressing problem?"  Probably not, however the City Council is addressing an issue that has been brought to it numerous times by many of the citizens of Chattanooga that elected the council.  The council does not have the luxury to only address what one - or a few - consider as "the most pressing problem." 

Further, you show your ignorance of chicken husbandry when you assert their "trouble, expense and smell."  I've found them to be less trouble and less expensive, than both my dogs and cats - plus there is virtually no smell as their living quarters are cleaned regularly. 

Hen chickens are more than pets. They provide eggs, a source of nourishment high in protein, they recycle garden waste, provide nitrogen rich compost, and they're pest control all in one tiny little package with small space requirements. 

In addition, unlike Fido, who your neighbor forgot outside and now Fido has barked incessantly from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. - hen chickens roost at night and don't make a sound. 

Mike Romines


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