Change the city ordinance to allow hens as pets
  • Petitioned Fresno City Council

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Fresno City Council
Mayor of Fresno
Ashley Swearengin

Change the city ordinance to allow hens as pets

    1. Rachel Carpenter
    2. Petition by

      Rachel Carpenter

      Fresno, CA

The ability to raise a few hens for eggs increases individuals access to healthy sustainable food. It's also great to have a pet that contributes by not only laying eggs, but eating bugs and weeds in the garden and keeping the grass trimmed in the yard. An egg, should be fresh! The city ordinances only allow for a total of 4 pets, and 4 chickens are less of a potential nuisance than a single dog or cat. The city has already made pet exceptions for Muscovy Ducks and Pot Bellied Pigs. Ducks naturally carry the avian flu and Pot Bellied Pigs can get to 250 pounds. Surely 4 hens should be allowed if dogs, cats, ducks and pigs are.

Chickens are proven to be waste reducers and in Europe one city even distributed them to citizens as a waste reduction program: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8539877.stm

Many Fresno families with small children find themselves between a rock and a hard place due to black widow spiders. A single bite can be fatal to a small child, but the pesticides to kill them are almost just as dangerous. Chickens have no issues with eating black widows along with a multitude of other pests like termites, fleas, ticks etc... and are even known to eat mice and small snakes!

Central California Local Urban Chicken Keepers (CCLUCK) encourages it's members to garden in their backyards in order to prepare them for a time when the city finally approves of chickens and changes the pet ordinance to allow "Hens as Pets", as chickens are much happier when they have something to keep them occupied, like eating bugs, grubs, weeds and seeds.

Chickens can assist the elderly and mobility challenged individuals by clearing plots for garden beds. They will take a small area they are confined in, down to the ground, dig it up and deposit their nutrient rich poop to fertilize the soil. Those same little work horse chickens can then be placed back into that plot at the end of the harvest season to take the plants back down to the ground and again enrich the soil with their droppings. Chickens are even able to rid an area of crab grass! Because they will continually eat the green sprouts the complex root system of crab grass puts out energy without getting any back and thus is eliminated. Where as covering crab grass only puts the root system to sleep until it can break through the ground cover to rein havoc again.

It should be every person's right to raise their own food in their backyard and chickens could be a vital part of making that possible...

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. We need HELP!

      Rachel Carpenter
      Petition Organizer

      CCLUCK needs help from the community. Here's a list of things you can do!

      Email your city council members and let them know you support an ordinance change to allow "Hens as Pets". Tell them your personal story and reasons for wanting backyard hens.

      Go on Change.org and sign the petition if you haven't already, and comment with your story and reasons for wanting backyard hens.

      Write the Bee and News stations telling them your story and reasons for wanting backyard hens.

      Spearhead an event this September (National Chicken Month) that brings awareness to the community about the "Hens as Pets" ordinance change. Contact Rachel for any help or information you need: RachelCarpenter@aol.com

    3. We have 223 signatures! Let's see if we can bring new life into this!

      Rachel Carpenter
      Petition Organizer

      CCLUCK has only been able to meet with two city council members and the staff of one other council member to get their stance on "Hens as Pets". Clint Olivier and Oliver Banes have said they will support the ordinance change.

      Blong Ziong's staff says that he will NOT support the ordinance change. Blong thinks those of you who have chickens are law breakers and the only thing keeping you from becoming a nuisance to your neighbors is that you have to hide your chickens or your neighbors will turn you in.

      Blong's staff said the only way he would vote for the ordinance change is if #1 CCLUCK writes an ordinance that is sustainable and enforceable. Meaning CCLUCK must come up with a way to enforce that people only have a total of 4 hens and must also come up with the money to pay the enforcement costs. Blong's staff also admitted that what they are asking CCLUCK to do is impossible, even with money to enforce the ordinance, there is no way to completely enforce any ordinance.

    4. We have 190 signatures... let's keep it going!

      Rachel Carpenter
      Petition Organizer

      Please share with your friends so we can get more signatures. CCLUCK will be meeting with city council member Blong Xiong this Friday, July 21st to discuss his concerns over allowing "Hens as Pets"!

    5. Almost 200 additional petition signatures aquired

      Rachel Carpenter
      Petition Organizer

      By tabling at local Farmer's Markets, Earth Day events and at Fresno City College, CCLUCK has been able to add nearly another 200 signatures to our petition to Fresno City Council, to change the ordinance to allow "Hens as Pets"!

    6. We're up to 144 signatures online and we will be collecting more signatures

      Rachel Carpenter
      Petition Organizer

      at the Vineyard Farmer's Market this Wednesday, Saturday and next Wednesday, while also sharing with the public about who and what Central California Local Urban Chicken Keepers (CCLUCK) are/is and inviting them to join us at our meeting, Saturday January, 28th at 4141 N Fresno from 9-11 am. at 4141 Ministries Coffee Shop. Lots of exciting things on the horizon, come and find out what they are!

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. We have 80 signatures so far... Thank you to everyone who's signed.

      Rachel Carpenter
      Petition Organizer

      Please post on your walls again and share with your friends. Thank you!

    9. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • katy sumner FRESNO, CA
      • 4 months ago

      chickens are great pets and provide fresh eggs for your family. their very smart, and are easy to take care of.

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    • Michelle Burgdorf FRESNO, CA
      • 4 months ago

      I feel that everyone should have a chance to experience having fresh eggs, and having hens as pets, they are useful for your garden, they keep bugs down and they eat spiders. I have two young grandkids and always worry about spiders. I don't like using pestisides not only are they harmful to us but the environment. besides hens are very quiet compared to a rooster, and whats the difference of having a hen or a barking dog?

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    • albert regalado FRESNO, CA
      • 4 months ago

      to have my own fresh eggs.

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    • pao xiong FRESNO, CA
      • 4 months ago

      My back yard has a lot of deer ticks which I can see crawing on the ground and on my pant when I walk across the yard

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    • Melissa Szuch FRESNO, CA
      • 4 months ago

      I feel that everyone should be able to raise there own food! Make great pets!

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