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No Chickens here......sigh. 5 Replies

Can't seem to talk my wife into the idea of  having a few chickens for eggs. So I thought I would ask if there is anyone in this group that has eggs to sell and lives on the East side of…Continue

Started by Bill Buron. Last reply by Matthew Groves Jan 14, 2012.

Copy of new regulations

Could someone post a copy of the wording for the new regulations?  We are working on loosening up language in Maryland (near Annapolis) and would like to see what has worked for others.  Thanks.CarolContinue

Started by Carol Schenker Aug 31, 2011.

How's the flock?

Hey All, how's your flock doing? We're just building ours up. 2 Rhode Island Reds and 1 Speckled Sussex so far. How about you?Continue

Started by Matthew Groves Mar 25, 2011.

Coop D Tour 1 Reply

Hi Everyone, Im just getting use to the well fed site and didnt know one has to join here as well.. I live outside the city limits of Springfield, but was sympathetic about those who could not have…Continue

Started by Judy Oehlke. Last reply by Matthew Groves Oct 6, 2010.

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Comment by Matthew Groves on January 7, 2012 at 4:17pm

We relocated the opossum, too.

Time to restock our coop!

Comment by OmegaFarms on January 7, 2012 at 3:33pm

We lost 5 to a Feral cat. But we still have 20. The cat relocated to a neighboring state.

Comment by Matthew Groves on January 7, 2012 at 1:01pm

We lost all six of our hens to a hungry opossum a few weeks ago. It was my fault for not locking the coop up at night.

How's everyone else's birds handling this non-wintery weather?

Comment by Matthew Groves on December 29, 2011 at 9:40pm

How are everyone's flocks doing? We used all 6 of our hens to deeply satisfy the hunger of one possum. Unfortunately, he doesn't live nearby any more.

Now to re-stock.

Comment by Matthew Groves on March 25, 2011 at 3:01pm
How'd everyone's flock handle the winter? We're just building ours up. 2 Rhode Island Red's and 1 Sussex so far.
Comment by OmegaFarms on November 28, 2010 at 11:04am
Chicken Diapers! What next?

Comment by Matthew Groves on July 27, 2010 at 8:56am
I wasn't able to make the council meeting, but I could watch in online. I was impressed with many of the council's comments, and grateful for common sense to rule the day.

The council decided to move forward with putting an ordinance together. The ball hasn't finished rolling, but at least it's still moving.
Comment by Matthew Groves on July 25, 2010 at 6:08pm
Knowledge is power. So if you're in doubt about the safety, workability, or value of Springfield allowing chickens, here's a packet of material to dispel the myths, inform, and educate.

It was compiled by the group in Salem, Oregon who underwent the same battle we face to legalize the bird we all know and love...the chicken.

Comment by Vanessa on June 18, 2010 at 6:21am
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Committee considering allowing chickens in Springfield
Health officials to give input at noon meeting.
Mike Penprase • News-Leader • June 18, 2010

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Twitter FarkIt Type Size A A A The City Council's Plans and Policies Committee today will weigh the pros and cons of allowing chickens in the city, Councilman Doug Burlison said.

A May public meeting included positive comments from chicken fanciers, but other people expressed concern about the potential for chickens to spread respiratory diseases, he said.

"There are some concerns out there," Burlison said. "Histoplasmosis is the one item people seem concerned about."

Complaints that chickens also pose a threat to people whose immune systems have been compromised after organ transplants also will be considered, he said.

Representatives of the Health Department are expected to attend the noon meeting at the Busch Municipal Building to talk about the health concerns, city Senior Planner Bob Hosmer said.

Representatives of Building Development Services also are scheduled to attend to comment on responsibilities involved with enforcing an ordinance, he said.

The committee is also taking a look at a revised draft ordinance. It allows residents to keep six hens. Unlike a previous draft, this one does not specify what materials should be used to build coops.

"We went back and said that probably was too restrictive," Hosmer said.

Because the city does not specify what materials can be used in outbuildings in general, there was no precedent to specify building materials for chicken coops, he said.

The committee could act today to send the draft ordinance to city council. Or, it could schedule another public session, Burlison said.
Comment by Matthew Groves on May 24, 2010 at 5:58pm
Yes and no.

There has been research done on the part of the city, and a presentation made at a public hearing.

The powerpoint presentation given is available here.

The proposal is here.

Here's a short summary of the proposal:

No more than six chickens, for personal use only
No roosters — female chickens only
Chickens must be kept in an enclosed area at all times
Henhouses or pens must be kept at least 10 feet from property lines and at least 25 feet from buildings
The current nuisance ordinance would apply for issues such as noise and odor
Slaughter is allowed for personal use only, provided it is done in a sanitary way and not visible from adjacent properties or right-of-way

Every indication is that this proposal is not final. Speak up. They're asking for suggestions.

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