Backyard Chickens in Crown Point
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The Slow Food Movement and the ideals of a more simple lifestyle as well as the concern for healthy, whole, organic food goes hand in hand with chicken husbandry and has lead to backyard chickens around the country.
Chickens have been animal companions of humans for thousands of years. When allowed to range in the yard, they are very entertaining and they can provide more benefits than cats or dogs. They provide outstanding pest control, eating ticks, slugs, mosquitoes and many other insects. And they produce eggs that are much more nutritious than those you can buy at the supermarket. They are helpful to the garden by providing compost and pest control.
Backyard chickens will generally get far more humane care than those raised in filthy, crowded “factory farms.” Industrial production is creating numerous problems, including pollution from manure, antibiotic resistance and higher risk of a more dangerous strain of bird flu. Keeping a few chickens at home is one way we can each do our part to address these problems. Limit their numbers, and require clean, humane care — sure. But there really isn't a legitimate reason for any city to prohibit keeping a few chickens, any more than there is reason to ban the keeping of dogs or cats.
Raising children with chickens allows them to be more aware of where their food comes from and teaches them responsibility and compassion. Children who care for the earth will likely be adults who care for the earth!
Crown Point Indiana's current ordinances only allow for residents to have chickens if the coop is 400 feet away from another dwelling. This means that backyard chickens are prohibited. Crown Point should update their ordinance to allow for chicken in city limits with restrictions that will ensure safety of the chickens and the welfare of the family, community and environment.
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