Resident says chicken concerns are not egg-xactly correct
Regarding a City of Airdrie Bylaw 552 that details that livestock are not permitted on residential property in Airdrie, I would like to highlight that chickens are more and more accepted in some urban centres on residential land.
The bylaw in question is not on the City of Airdrie website and a copy of this 40-plus-year-old bylaw was only sent by request as a PDF by Municipal Enforcement after complaints were filed.
I would like to see Bylaw 552 repealed or modified to remove chickens from the list of prohibited animals.
Some of the arguments people make against allowing chickens inside city limits need to be dispelled as myths that are not based fully on facts.
Common arguments against chickens raised on residential land are that they are noisy, they smell and they carry disease.
In fact, chickens are as quiet if not quieter than dogs for the most part, only squawking when laying eggs for example.
Odours and disease can be minimized if not eliminated entirely by responsible ownership (i.e. disposing of excrement often and ensuring living conditions are clean and well maintained).
Red Deer is an example of an urban centre permitting chickens in residential areas, with restrictions being that no roosters are allowed, a maximum of six chickens are permitted and chickens cannot be slaughtered within city limits.
My hope is that Airdrie can be as forward thinking as our neighbouring urban city to the north and adopt similar regulations around the ownership of chickens.
My reasons for keeping chickens are to provide a source of fresh eggs and to educate my children on their food supply.
Our intentions are to raise these chickens in a healthy, responsible manner, collecting eggs for personal consumption.
With the existing bylaw, we are faced with finding a new home for these members of our family with the hopes that the bylaw will be reviewed and modified in the near future.
I urge the Airdrie city council to please take the above into careful consideration and repeal or modify bylaw 552, so that my two chickens can come back home as soon as possible.
My family and I will greatly miss them. I would also ask any residents who are interested in supporting a repeal of ByLaw 552 to sign a petition that can be found at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/amend-by-law-to-permit-backyard-chickens.html.