Posts Tagged ‘legal’

Chickens Approved in Elgin


The city of Elgin, IL, just approved chickens!

Todd Martin made the proposal, and here is his report:

“At tonight’s City of Elgin’s Sustainability Commission meeting, my proposal to allow backyard chickens has been approved. The next step is to meet with Elgin’s planning department for crafting the ordinance, then the Planning Commission, then the City Council. Lots of steps and community involvement along the way. If you have any questions, look at West Dundee’s licensing program; we will be modeling ours on theirs.”

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Canadian Right to Food Trial


Piggybacking on my 1/26/2012 post, there is a legal argument over the right to local food in Calgary, which was sparked by backyard hens. Chickens are no longer a pivot point in the argument; it has now encompassed larger issues that involve municipalities determining what their residents consume. Read more here. 

San Diego Approves Chickens, Bees, Goats


A sign of the times! San Diego City Council voted on Jan. 31, 2012, to allow residents to keep chickens, goats, and bees, citing the importance of accessing local food. Read more here. 

Hens Find a Home in Northbrook, IL


Nigel and Robert are two hens living in Northbrook, IL. Their coop placement could be a legal issue for their owners. Read more here. 

Backyard Poultry Magazine on Legalizing Chickens


Many of you have been asking about how to legalize chickens in your community. Backyard Poultry magazine has a great article with tips and pointers on making hens legal in your area of residence! Read more about this here!

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!

Chicago Alderwoman Lona Lane Digs in Against Chickens


Lona Lane, alderwoman in the 18th ward, thinks chickens are for the birds – and is prepared to pass legislation to ban them from her ward. Although she can identify only one complaint about the birds in her ward, she wants to ban them entirely as disease-carrying pests. She proposes fines of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail for illegal chickens. Read more here.

If you would like to counteract Lane’s efforts, consider inviting her on the Windy City Coop Tour!