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  1. I feel compelled to refute several inaccuracies. Fertilizer is the smallest of chicken-keeping benefits; we do have a nationwide shortage, and have to depend on petroleum-based products. Environmental and sustainable practices are not a social experiment. The majority of chicken noise is a set of quiet clucking and warbling noises punctuated with a brief egg song once a day or two. Dogs do spend quite a bit of time outside, produce more noise, and significantly more fertilizer. Most of my neighbors keep indoor/outdoor cats, too (there’s an environmental disaster). Chickens are quite domesticated and most breeds are very tolerant of confinement to the point of loving their coops and runs. Roosters are noisy and most municipalities do exclude them as they are unnecessary for egg production. Chickens have several breeds which deal well with winters, in unheated but insulated coops/runs. In fact their own waste is composted into a smell-free, garden-ready product that keeps coops and runs comfortable all winter. Chickens just need fresh inexpensive feed and liquid water daily, but most will welcome peelings, jack-o-lanterns, watermelon rinds, pasta, cabbage leaves, leftover greens, etc., for treats. Chickens eat grubs, annelids, insects, flies, mosquitoes, and even mice if they can catch them. They eat weeds. Properly cared for they do not smell, and even ammonia is easily managed with cheap and ubiquitous zeolite sprinkled in their living areas. Their medical needs are quite straightforward and they are healthier than most dog breeds.

    Like the regulations for having any pet, chickens and coops can be given common-sense requirements for the health and safety of the birds, environment, and community. Small registration or license fees are sure to offset enforcement costs. Our family enjoys our chickens and they are happy, healthy pets that deliver gorgeous eggs. I hardly think this is likely to become a huge movement anywhere, but slippery-slope arguments envisioning some catastrophe of chickens overtaking the village and ruining property values seems both paranoid and officious.

  2. It sounds like Mr Boese has not been near chickens. There are several inaccuracies in his letter to the editor.
    Just to point out we have “chicken-sat” for friends and chickens are neither smelly nor noisy. In fact barking dogs, fighting cats, idling cars and most of all deafening leaf blowers infringe much more than chickens ever would on the peace in our neighborhood.

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