Worthington Needs the Urban Chicken Movement

| 1/28/2009 2:20:09 PM

hen in yard

The urban chicken movement should move to Worthington, Ohio, according to columnist Ann Fisher. Earlier this week she wrote an article for The Columbus Dispatch, discussing the city’s unfair animal ordinances. One — set in 1973 — makes it illegal to keep chickens, horses and cattle in the city within 150 feet of any residence (except for that of the animals’ owner). Another law bans animals that “create offensive odors, excessive noise or unsanitary conditions which are a menace to the health, comfort or safety of the public.” So, technically, any animal could be outlawed in Worthington. I know for sure that my dog makes a good amount of noise and never hesitates to clear out a room with a close-to-stifling stench — but I love her. And she doesn’t even provide me with breakfast in the morning. So, if my wonderful little pooch can live in confined urban quarters, I don’t know why a few hens can’t.

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4/3/2013 3:40:16 PM

I live in Wrenshall Mn, and we are not allowed any farm animals due to noise and smell. My neighbor has 5 different compost piles about 6 feet tall rotting away on his property. During the summer when it is hot, it really starts to smell bad in our neighborhood! Even though chickens are not allowed in our town, a couple a people do own chickens and clean up after them, and they are not an issue at all. I think animals should be allowed as long as they are well cared for and maintained on their property.

M Machado
8/13/2009 12:27:47 PM

I live in the city of Sacramento, Ca and chickens are NOT ALLOWED, with people claiming offensive odor and noise issues. HOWEVER, I have neighbors who have cats that roam freely, urinate and defecate wherever they please, dig up plants and make some god-awful noises during all hours of the night, but that's okay, according to the city.....go figure.

2/18/2009 1:50:13 PM

I agree! Here in Sacramento county it's legal to keep hens, while on the other side of the city limits it's not. Makes no sense. As for the odor, what about cats and dogs? Any animal can be kept clean or allowed to get foul, depending on what the owner is willing to do.

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