Power to the Peeps!

More and more of our friends and acquaintances are longing for a bit of rural life where they can raise a few eggs for the table and steward the little bit of land they call home. But not all neighborhoods are chicken-friendly. What's a Townie to do? If he lives in the suburbs, he may find his options terribly limited.

Even with the growing popularity of green living and local food, the ordinances in some Dallas area municipalities forbid poultry keeping. But chicken activists in many cities across the country, large and small, have taken their grievances to City Hall and prevailed. It takes some organization, reasoned arguments, and cooperative neighbors, but hen-hostile laws can be changed.

If you find yourself in this situation, let me point you to some folks who have successfully helped their elected officials see the light. Learn from their journeys and strategies. You gotta fight, for your right, to POULTRY.


Mad City Chickens, in Madison City, Wisconsin, started it all - the push to legalize chickens in the backyard. This site is chock-full of good stuff, including a link to trailers for the full-length documentary about their quest.

Try Backyard Chickens for a great site with extensive forums and chicken raising resources. If you can't get your question answered here, you just don't need to know.

For tons of great all-around chicken information, check out Urban Chickens. They have a page about changing city ordinances, but there isn't a lot of info there yet. But it's a great site that could take some serious time as you plumb its depths.

If you're an off-the-grid-wanna-be type, please check out Urban Homesteader, a beautiful site about a family who turned a suburban lot into a jam-packed garden oasis in the middle of Pasadena, California. Must be seen to be believed--lots of inspiration here, even for those of us on a bit of acreage.

If you're in the Dallas metroplex and have had success keeping a few chickens, it would be a great help to others if you could comment below and share your story. If you'd like to have chickens but can't because of your local laws, let us know so we can hook you up with others who have the same challenge.

Two chickens in every backyard - now that's change I can believe in.

Comments

  1. Oh, such a bad joke, and yet I'm chuckling. Fight for your right to poultry...(shakes head) :)

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