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  1. Raising chickens in Lake Bluff is the worst idea I’ve ever heard. It is not romantic, it is not quaint, it is work and responsibility. There are just endless reasons why this is a terrible idea for Lake Bluff. Kate has done a great job of pointing out some important areas of concern. It’s obvious this “sustainability committee” has no idea what they are doing and certainly know nothing about the subject of raising chickens.

  2. I support the Village of Lake Bluff’s pilot program for chickens.

    Just like we have to see a doctor chickens sometimes have to see a vet, like any of our other pets. Most families who have chickens are responsible and care for their animals, and would bring their chicken to the Vet if necessary, like any other responsible pet owner would. Policies for annual check ups could protect people from these issues, but I don’t see an issue in disease transmittance arising from having chickens.

    In training to become a Vet you learn about cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, poultry, dogs, cats, and other animals, including wildlife.

    Chicken will put nutrients in the ground, support local ecosystem interactions and allow grocery stores to need less product.
    Anyone who believes chickens are detrimental to their way of life are keeping our communities from participating in a harmonious way of life that promotes environmentalism and sustainability. By allowing chickens, we are saying that we support people having these vital skills and that our land is not above that of agriculture. The skills to raise hens and produce eggs is important and shows the rest of the community that the amount of effort it takes to have a hobby which produces food for ones family is admirable and respectable.

    Thank you so much for the research you did. This sheds light of the reality of the matter.
    Respectfully,

    Amanda Niebuhr

  3. Your concerns about possible mistreatment of backyard chickens by clueless homeowners; that chickens might experience inhumane treatment and be “paying the price” of uneducated hobby enthusiast; that the little fowls might be forfeited to a shelter (like returning a puppy that doesn’t quite fit the family lifestyle); That they might get frostbite on their little legs or shanks and, possibly not have a vet in the area that can tend to their specific healthcare needs; ….sheds light on a champion of chickens nature.

    I personally have faith in the LBLF Green Group outreach efforts and responsible adults giving careful thought before acting. But then again, I also support the crazy idea of property rights.

    In answer to your backyard chicken humane treatment concerns, consider the factory farm existence:

    “Chickens used for egg production are among the most abused of all farm animals. In order to meet the consumer demand for eggs, 280 million hens laid 77.3 billion eggs in 2007. From hatching to slaughter, egg-laying hens are subjected to mutilation, confinement, and deprivation of the ability to live their lives as the active, social beings they are”

    “Every year, 9 billion chickens are slaughtered for meat in the United States. Called “broilers” by the industry, these curious, social birds are treated simply as production units, selectively bred and fed for abnormally fast growth without consideration for their well-being. The resulting large size contributes significantly to suffering, disease, and early death.”

    https://www.farmsanctuary.org/learn/factory-farming/chickens/#MEAT

    Last, we are fortunate to live in an information rich age. A time where there are many authentic and reliable backyard chicken resources that dispel the common myths of chickens attracting predators, pests, carrying diseases, decreasing property values, ugly coops, noisy, waste and odor, etc. Check out: https://docs.google.com/a/learngrowconnect.org/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxjaGljYWdvY2hpY2tlbmVudGh1c2l8Z3g6NmZjNDNmZDY0MTAwOTljOQ
    I would imagine such resources have made it easier for the Sustaining Committee to give a thumbs up to a pilot program.

  4. Regarding Scoop on Coops, great, timely and compelling. As pointed out by Ms Briand, this is far more complicated than a one page conditions document can cover. The adaptation of coops in Lake Bluff is a major unforced error, let’s just give it a pass.

  5. Great information that should give pause to those who find this project romantic. The duck possibility sounds better!

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