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1. The keeping of chickens in the city supports a local, sustainable food system by providing an affordable, nutritious source of protein through fresh eggs.
2. The keeping of chickens also provides free, quality, nitrogen-rich fertilizer; chemical-free pest control; animal companionship and pleasure; weed control; and less noise, mess and expense than dogs and cats. The purpose of this petition is to provide support for standards for the keeping of domesticated chickens. It is intended to enable residents to keep a small number of female chickens on a non-commercial basis while limiting the potential adverse impacts on the surrounding neighborhood.

Letter to
Andover, MN City Council
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Andover, MN City Council.

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Allow Backyard Chickens in Andover, MN

Current city ordinance in Andover, MN prohibits the keeping of backyard chickens in residential zoning areas. We are requesting that this ordinance be amended to allow up to 6 backyard hens (roosters prohibited) in residential areas within the city.

We feel that the city of Andover would benefit from the amendment to allow chickens in the following ways:

1. The keeping of chickens in the city supports a local, sustainable food system by providing an affordable, nutritious source of protein through fresh eggs.
2. The keeping of chickens also provides free, quality, nitrogen-rich fertilizer; chemical-free pest control; animal companionship and pleasure; weed control; and less noise, mess and expense than dogs and cats.
3. The keeping of chickens reduces our dependence on factory farming and gives us a connection with our food source.
4. The keeping of city chickens can help benefit endangered poultry populations by increasing genetic diversity which has fallen drastically since the 1930s when new zoning ordinances throughout the country prohibited backyard poultry keeping in residential areas.

The purpose of this petition is to provide support for standards for the keeping of domesticated chickens. It is intended to enable residents to keep a small number of female chickens on a non-commercial basis while limiting the potential adverse impacts on the surrounding neighborhood.

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Sincerely,