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Petition to allow raising of backyard chickens in Ashland, KY

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To the Ashland Kentucky City Council Commissioners Amanda Clark, Marty Gute, Matt Perkins, Marshall Steen and
Mayor Stephen E Gilmore 

We, the undersigned citizens of Ashland, KY, believe that small-scale chicken keeping is a healthy, economic, and sustainable way to feed and enrich our families and our community. Besides making great pets, hens provide us with fresh eggs and encourage local sustainable living. The ability to raise chickens offers educational opportunities for our children. Chickens serve as a natural alternative to pesticides by eating bugs and insects, including fleas and disease-spreading ticks. Chickens also eat weeds, and chicken manure serves as an excellent fertilizer for lawns and gardens. Backyard chickens provide many benefits, which is why many towns and cities across the country now permit their residents to raise backyard chickens. 

We respectfully request our leaders to act now to clarify City ordinances to allow up to 6 hens (no roosters) in the backyards of residential homes within city limits.

Please consider reclassifying chickens as "domestic animals" or pets, as some cities have done.  

Thank you for considering our request.

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