Allow Chickens (Hens) In Parkview HOA (The Colorado Property Management Group, Inc.)

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The City of Centennial (and Aurora) allow chickens (Hens only) to be owned under the weight of 10 pounds and roosters under the age of 6 months old (average crowing age). The City of Centennial passed the approval of "backyard chickens" in 2011 however the Parkview Highlands HOA was written in 1996 and has not been updated. 

We would like to our HOA rules and regualtions updated to reflcect the cities code to allow residence to keep hens for pets. We are not asking for Roosters to be allowed as they are currently not allowed by the city. 

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City of Centennial 2011 Land Development Code
Articel 2, Divisions 2-4, Sec 12-2-420 Residential Agriculture Overlay District, B (1b).

 "An unlimited number of rabbits, chickens, geese, or other small agricultural animals or fowl that are not defined in the animal equivalent unit table set forth in Article 16 and have an average per animal weight of less than 10 pounds, are permitted except that the keeping of roosters over the age of six months shall be prohibited."

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Why have backyard Chickens and Eggs?

1. With backyard chickens, you'll always have fresh eggs on hand. One of the scariest things about eggs that come from the store is that they are almost never fresh.  

2. You know what's in them. When you keep a backyard flock, you are able to monitor your hens and watch what they're eating. Free ranging hens eat fresh grass, seeds, insects, and other tidbits many battery hens never get to see. They are fed healthy food which translates into very healthy eggs. Did I mention they eat your leftovers?

3. The eggs that come from Backyard chickens have tons of health benefits which are lacking in those from the store. On average, Backyard eggs contain 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D, 1⁄3 less cholesterol, 1⁄4 less saturated fat, 2⁄3 more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more vitamin E, and 7 times more beta carotene than store bought eggs, which come from hens who are never allowed to roam and are fed an un-varied and un-natural diet. You also know that your eggs are antibiotic and salmonella free when you have your own flock, a huge benefit to many organic eaters.

3. You can be sure that your eggs won't make you sick. Salmonella is a harsh disease which can be transmitted very easily to humans through the eggs we eat. A large part of why egg producers store our eggs in cold temperatures after removing the cuticle by washing is to prevent salmonella from developing, either from outside contamination by destruction of the cuticle, or by transmission from the hen who laid the egg. 

4. Backyard Chickens live a much more humane life than battery hens from factories. By keeping a backyard flock and not buying store-eggs you are cutting off support to animal abuse and you are helping the fight to end animal cruelty. 

5. They are actually very smart and have wonderful personalities!

6. They are great family pets and can come when called by thier name!

More Information:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/wsa/warn/eon/batteryfarming/hens.html
http://www.chicamarun.com/eggs.html
http://www.nwedible.com/2011/12/backyard-eggs-vs-store-bought-eggs-side.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/nadiaarumugam/2012/10/25/why-american-eggs-would-be-illegal-in-a-british-supermarket-and-vice-versa/3/
http://www.ci.hurst.tx.us/index.aspx?page=40
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/business/25vaccine.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/farmlife/msg0904482816456.html
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2010-01-07/news/36817045_1_eggs-from-backyard-chickens-city-chicken-delicious-eggs
http://www.examiner.com/article/eight-benefits-of-raising-backyard-chickens
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_cage
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-battery-hens.htm#slideshow
http://www.upc-online.org/battery_hens/

 

 



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