Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sustainable Living: Urban Chickens

For a few months now I've really had the desire to get some chickens for my backyard. My plan was to design and build a chicken coop over the winter and get the chickens in the spring. The only problem was that I wasn't sure if our city allowed chickens... that was until last week when I goggled 'Roeland Park' and came across numerous articles stating that the city is currently in the process of deciding whether or not they are going to allow it's residents to keep chickens! While reading the articles and doing some research I found a group called CHIRP (City Hens in Roeland Park), so I quickly contacted them to see what I could do to help.

Mission Statement of Roeland Park: "Roeland Park is a community dedicated to providing a sustainable quality of life by using sound fiscal policies to achieve a safe and healthy environment for current and future generations."

Benefits of Keeping Your Own Hens:

  • Fresh Eggs- fresher than any eggs you can find at a store...
  • Healthier Eggs- able to ensure proper diet and living conditions...
  • Fertilizer- their waste is great  for your lawn and gardens... 
  • Help Turn-Over Compost- they love kitchen scraps
  • Weed Your Garden- they eat sprouting weeds
  • Chemical-Free Pest Control- they eat bugs
  • Good Pets / Great for Children- they're docile in nature, fun and entertaining!
  • The wonderful, unexplainable feeling of living life like "the good 'ol days!"

Bringing Back the Pleasures of Simpler Times!

Does your city allow for you to keep chickens?
If so, and you do, tell us about it!
If not, and you wish you could, tell us about it!

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