By taking the lead in creating codes helping Roeland Park citizens to keep backyard hens, we believe our city would be taking another step in promoting the nationwide trend in healthy, sustainable, green living.
City Hens in Roeland Park (KS)
Chickens in the Yard - KANSAS CITY
VIDEO from KC TV 5 - Evening News 11/8/2010
Town Meeting: Straw poll at the meeting- Majority of residents in favor of allowing keeping hens. 4 present intend on getting them. Most arguments could easily be applied to dog owners, backyard sheds, etc.
Teachable moments to work with:
How will it affect property values? Typically cities that allow hens have a higher property value than those without. Followup quantitative info to come. 65% of the metro areas in the US allow backyard hens. Seatlle has just increased the number of hens allowed.
Could hens pose a health threat? The CDC has safe handling guidelines that are common sense things we all do like washing our hands. Most diseases only become a problem when hens are crowded, dirty, with no access to fresh air and less than good diet. A backyard microflock does not have the typical disease condusive environment needed for the diseases to occur and spread.
What if people do not take care of their hens? Good ordinances give good basic animal care guidelines. There is the same chance of negligence with any pet citizens choose to get.