Legalize Chickens in Boston
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Legalize Chickens in Boston

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      Legalize Chickens In Boston

The current permitting process for backyard chickens makes it nearly impossible to legally and responsibly have a backyard flock. The City's permitting process should more easily allow a small number of backyard hens for the following reasons:

-- Chickens produce a rich fertilizer by-product, high in nitrogen, eliminating the need for petrochemical fertilizers.

 -- Chickens eat insects, including ticks, reducing our backyard pest population, and allowing for reduced use of pesticides.

-- Backyard hens provide an educational opportunity to teach children where our food comes from and demonstrate responsible pet ownership.

 -- Fresh, naturally raised eggs have an improved nutrient profile compared to conventional eggs.

 -- Chickens eat table scraps, reducing municipal solid waste.

-- A properly cleaned and maintained chicken coop poses no sanitation risks.

By amending the permitting process to allow residents to keep a limited number of hens in residential zones, the City of Boston will encourage stewardship of the environment and food production on a household scale, in line with the City's goals for environmental sustainability and support of local food.

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    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Learn More About Backyard Chickens

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Want more info about backyard chickens? Check out Legalize Chickens in Boston's education page:

    3. Former Chicken Owner on Radio Boston

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Audra Karp, a Boston resident who had to give up her backyard chickens, was recently on Radio Boston. Check out the interview here:

    4. Reached 2,000 signatures
    5. Neighbors Liked Backyard Chickens

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Neighbors of Audra Karp said that they enjoyed the chickens that she kept in the backyard of her Boston home. These chickens even provided educational opportunities for kids in the Roslindale community.

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. It Doesn't Get More Local than Your Own Backyard

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The obvious benefit to keeping backyard chickens is an abundance of eggs. But these birds also cut down on carbon emissions. If food is produced in your own backyard, it doesn't need to be trucked and shipped to the store or driven to your home.

    8. Archaic Zoning Laws Prevent Boston Residents from Keeping Chickens

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Under Boston laws, chickens are classified as livestock rather than pets, so keeping backyard chickens runs counter to zoning regulations. Find out more about the fight for chickens in Boston here:

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures
    10. City of Boston Plays Chicken with Would-Be Backyard Farmers

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Sustainable foodies know that the benefits of raising backyard chickens are many. Fresh eggs for your omelet? That's just scratching the surface. Chickens eat up insects, including ticks (so there's less need for harmful chemical pesticides), provide...

    11. Learn More About Backyard Chickens

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Want to learn more about how to keep backyard chickens? Check out http://www.backyardchickens.com/

    12. Reached 250 signatures
    13. Boston Chicken Controversy Garnering Media Attention

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Boston's controversial policy against backyard chickens is earning all kinds of media attention, even from The Boston Globe. Check out the latest info here:

    14. Radio Boston Story on Backyard Chickens

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Meet the people pushing for Boston to legalize backyard chickens. Check out WBUR's story, "Chickens In the City"

    15. Reached 100 signatures
    16. The Benefits of Backyard Chickens

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Backyard chickens ensure local food security, cut down on the cost of groceries, act as natural pest killers, and curb carbon emissions by acting as a hyper-local food source. So why does Boston frown upon homeowners having chickens??

    17. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Sandra Denekamp WEST ROXBURY, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I have been trying to obtain a permit for 3 chickens in West Roxbury. No luck so far ! I agree with all of your reasons- good for the environment- good for everyone. all of my neighbors are for it too ! We had Ducks in West Roxbury as pets when we were growing up - they ate all the insects and no one complained then

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    • Phillipa Watson HILLMAN, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Is this a sick joke? There's somewhere in the world where you can't have pet chooks? If this really is true it needs to change ASAP. How embarrassing for the Boston City Council

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    • Remedy Chill RIVERVIEW, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Both the chicken and the egg should have banned people who would ban chickens. They were bother here first and have us out-voted to this day. This is happening all over the US, not just there. I had a Pool Chicken at the trailer park and a little clutch of four or five ;Jungle Chickens' who lived in the scrub across from a friends house. Someday the predominant kind of Boston chicken withll have a name and be celebtated. Relax. They might even feed the homeless and hugry!

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    • Susanne de Lira SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Many people are growing organic vegetables in their backyards and chickens are perfect for controlling the insect population. They provide eg

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    • Dominic DeSiata EAST BOSTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I want to keep chickens.

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