Posts Tagged ‘law’

Brookfield Gives the Thumbs-Up to Chickens


Last night the Brookfield village board approved the long-sought hen-keeping ordinance! Congrats to the Brookfield chicken group! Read more here on this link!

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Brookfield, IL, Chicken Hearing on Monday, 10 Oct.


This coming Monday (10/10) is the day the Village of Brookfield will be voting on the backyard hen ordinance. Please come out! Let’s make one big, last push toward this positive change.

http://brookfieldchickens.blogspot.com/2011/10/monday-1010-is-voting-day.html

Crystal Lake, IL, Nixes Backyard Chix


Crystal Lake recently shot down an effort for folks to keep backyard hens. For more information, check out this article.

Lombard, IL, Considers Chickens


I answered my phone yesterday and found myself speaking to a reporter from the Lombard Daily Herald. It seems Lombard residents have caught the chicken bug (not to be confused with avian flu) and are working to get their city council to consider allowing backyard fowl! Let’s hope that Lombard’s efforts have the same effect as Evanston’s! Check out the Daily Herald article here.

Read more about Evanston’s successful efforts: Evanston Debates Chicken Ordinance, Chickens now allowed to roost in Evanston!

More on backyard chickens in urban areas: Chicagoland’s Chicken Population: For the ‘Burbs? Are Hens Right for Your City? 5 Reasons for Urban Chickens, Reasons to Raise Chickens

The bottom line, in the opinion of the urban chicken consultant, is education. A well-informed chicken-keeping populace makes decisions that are better for the neighbors, the hens, and the city. Education goes a long way in convincing city council that this is a valid and worthwhile prospect.

Thinking about chickens? Join me for the Backyard Chicken Basics class on 11/6!

Chickens now allowed to roost in Evanston!


Hats off to the Evanstoners who worked so hard for the right to the pursuit of avian happiness in their own backyards!

On September 28, 2010,  Evanston city council voted 6 to 3 to allow residents to have chickens, overturning a 36-year ban on chicken keeping. Residents will keep hens for eggs, fertilizer, and as pets.

There’s a catch, though: residents will have to pay a $50 licensing fee to keep hens.

Concerns included noise, small, rodent infestation, and predators; however, chicken supporters surveyed officials in 20 locales where chicken keeping is legal, and officials reported satisfaction with the existing laws.

A proud cock-a-doodle-doo for the Evanston Backyard Chickens group!

To read the Tribune article, click here.

Chicagoland’s Chicken Population: For the ‘Burbs?


Hens are legal in Chicago, but in the suburbs, it’s a bird of a different feather. Some suburbs allow hens, while others do not. Evanston residents are trying to get an ordinance on the books that allows chickens.

The issues surrounding backyard chickens in the Chicagoland area were covered recently by Kay Severinsen in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Evanston Debates Chicken Ordinance


Evanston, IL, a suburb of Chicago, currently prohibits chickens. However, residents are getting their feathers ruffled over the ordinance. Other Chicago suburbs allow backyard fowl, including Oak Park, where Home to Roost is based. Read the Tribune‘s coverage of the Evanston story.