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FAQ about pet hens in the city

Other cities' chicken ordinances...

News articles about "city chickens"

Letter: State Veterinarian Dr.Hoenig

Letter: Dr. Richard Brzozowski, Univ. of Maine Cooperative Ext.

Backyard Chicken Web Sites

Sign the On-Line Petition!

Support Pet Hens in SoPo!


Portland Press Herald, Sept 7, 2007: "South Portland Allows Chickens, with Restrictions"

The Forecaster, Sept 7, 2007: "City Opens Door to Backyard Chcickens"

WMTW Channel 8 News, August 6 "Chickens Up For Vote In City"

WCSH Channel 6 News, August 6 "South Portland City Council Considering Pet Chickens" (Click the "play video" link above the photo)

The Sentry, August 10 Chicken Lobby Has Recipe - For Success

The Forecaster, August 10 S.P. Pecks Away at Backyard Hen Ban

The Sentry, August 3, 2007 "Council to Tke Up Chicken Ordinance Monday"

The Forecaster, Aug 2, (editorial) A Chicken in Every Backyard

The Sentry, August 3, (editorial) Peep Talk

The Sentry, august 3, Pet Hens -Not Your Grandmother's Chickens

WCSH Channel 6 News, June 25 City Takes Chicken Debate to the Public (click the "play video" link above the photo)

The Forecaster, June 29, 2007 "Urban Chicken Movement on the Wing"

The Sentry, June 29, 2007 "Council Signal Chickens Will Roost in South Portland"

Portland Press Herald, June 22, 2007 "It's A Backyard Chick Thing"

WCSH Channel 6 News, June 12 (click the "Play Video" link above the photo)

The Forecaster: June 8, 2007 "Give Peeps A Chance"

The Sentry, June 8, 2007 "Clucking but no crowing- Pet Chickens in South Portland?"

We’re Stacey, Neil and Olivia Collins. We would like to raise a few hens as pets and for fresh organic eggs, but South Portland’s zoning ordinance does not allow it. (edited 9/6: now they do: thank you South Portland!)

Why Pet Hens?

• Hens ~no roosters!~ are quieter than dogs or parrots and when well-cared-for as suburban pets (not as farm animals) they don't smell.

• Fresh organic eggs are healthier for you and the environment: no fuel used trucking them to stores!

• Backyard chickens lead happy, healthy lives. Kept in attractive garden coops they won't roam into neighbors' yards (like some dogs and cats do!)

• Composted droppings make incredible garden fertilizer: Reduce/Reuse/Recycle!

• Cities all over America allow and even encourage backyard hens. They are fun, educational, and make good neighbors.

In the last few years, as the Green living/Eat Local/sustainable living/organic/recycle lifestyle has gained popularity, cities and towns all over America have been relaxing their chicken laws to allow 4-6 carefully tended, pet backyard hens for eggs. We're talking about hens only, no roosters (no noise!) kept in a pretty, carefully-maintained enclosed coop; raised by hand as pets and for eggs. Chicken droppings make amazing compost for the garden and the hens recycle kitchen scraps! Heritage breed chickens are calm, docile, and when hand-raised they become affectionate pets that come then they are called. Kept as suburban pets, and cleaned regularly, backyard chickens don't smell. In all, they make less noise and smell than many dogs kept in South Portland.

It’s fun, educational, healthy, and environmentally sound!

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