Backyard Chickens in the City of Apple Valley, MN

Backyard Chickens in the City of Apple Valley, MN

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Carey Masera started this petition to Community Development Director Bruce Nordquist

Most chicken-owners, and those that want to be owners, have the same reason for wanting to start their flock - a return to healthy living. Our goal with this petition is to allow the residents of Apple Valley to do just that, just like every other city that surrounds it; St. Paul, Minneapolis, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount, and most recently, Lakeville.

Here a just a few reasons why residents and cities all over the state of Minnesota are recognizing the benefits of raising backyard chickens;

Know where your food comes from. By getting eggs from your own chickens, you avoid supporting industrial farms that produce the majority of eggs sold in the US. Egg-producing hens on factory farms are often kept in such close, inhumane quarters that they cannot stretch their legs or wings, walk around, or participate in normal social behaviors.

Backyard chickens are better than harmful pesticides for your lawn, pets, and family. Chickens eat insects, and alot of them. If you live near woods, they are great for deer tick control. Chickens also eat weeds, all while adding healthy fertilizer to your lawn and garden, or wherever they are allowed to roam during the day. 

Chickens are quieter than the family dog. Chickens are only active from sun up to sundown and sleep quietly through the night. During the day they will softly talk or chatter to one another. Only roosters crow in the morning.

A few of the misconceptions, or concerns, that are heard most often are;

Chickens are messy. Yes, they can be, if not properly cared for. However, the same can be said for a cat or dog if not properly cared for and cleaned up after.

No backyard butchering. No, backyard chickens are not allowed to be butchered on residential property. If you are raising chickens for food, city ordinance will require you to take it to a processing plant or local butcher.

Even if you do not want chickens yourself, please take a minute to help those of us in our community that do. You may just find yourself getting free fresh eggs every week from your grateful neighbor!

Thank you

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