Would You Raise Chickens? Council Considers Request to Allow Birds in City
The Port Washington Common Council meeting on Tuesday night included a discussion regarding a request to revise city ordinances to allow chickens.
Update, 11:03 p.m. Tuesday
During it's meeting Tuesday night, the council — though split on the idea of actually allowing such an activity in city limits — decided to research the idea of "urban chicken keeping," als known as "backyard chickens."
The Port Washington Common Council will consider a request on Tuesday night to revamp ordinances so that chickens would be allowed inside city limits.
A resident made the request to an alderman who asked the item be added to the agenda, City Administrator Mark Grams said. In the past, the council has discussed this issue, "but the majority did not want to pursue it," he said.
The item is merely slated for discussion at the meeting, so no action will be taken. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Port Washington City Hall.
- Also on Tuesday's agenda: Former M&I Bank development plans and a public hearing regarding and ordinance to revamp liquor laws.
In a previous poll on Patch asking whether chickens should be allowed in city limits, 73 percent of respondents agreed that the birds should be allowed; 42 percent of those people believed that responsible ownership would be an important part of allowing chickens. (Not a scientific poll. Results taken at 9 a.m. Tuesday.)
Urban chicken keeping, or backyard chickens, are a trend picking up across the country, according to the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service's website. The organization provides many reasons for keeping an urban chicken flock, including:
- "a step towards self-sufficiency through the backyard production of eggs";
- "a compatible partner to a backyard garden through pest control and the production of fertilizer";
- "a cut down on kitchen scraps by feeding to the flock";
- "education for children on where food comes from";
- "and the desire for some to enjoy aspects of 'country living' despite their urban environment."
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