Backyard chickens for plano.

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We oppose the ordinance restricting the ownership of chickens in the city limits.
    Backyard chickens, in general contribute to the use of the family in three ways.
First, companionship. Chickens are surprisingly great pets. They are a joy to watch, and they are naturally tame. While they all have individual person lities, they for the most part enjoy being held. Children are taught how their food is produced as well as how to care for them.
Second, egg production. Roosters are not required at all to stimulate egg production in hens. On average a hen will begin laying 6 months old. It takes 24 to 48 hours for an egg to fully develop. Most egg laying breeds can produce one egg per day. Eggs produced in an appropriate backyard setting has less fat and cholesterol, and healthier vitamin A, vitamin E, beta carotene and omega-3s.
Third, meat production. While most cities restrict animal processing in city limits, if the backyard chicken owner does desire to raise chicken for meat production, they could transport their chickens to an appropriate facility for processing.

    To promote good and proper care of these animals in the limited space provided in the typical backyard setting, we do support a limit to the number of chickens allowed. Since the needs of families vary due to size and consumption of eggs, we believe a limit of 12 chickens to be reasonable. This allows for up to one dozen eggs per day which can reasonably support a large family. Minimum standards for containment of chickens are a coop size of 2 square feet (0.19 m²) per chicken and 8 square feet (0.74 m²) per chicken of run space. For 12 chickens this would be equivalent of a 5’x5’ coop and a 20’x5’ run. This is doable in most backyards.

    We support the no rooster rule for backyard chickens. The chicken owner must be a good neighbor. Hens are remarkably quiet birds. Roosters, while much quieter than a barking dog, do make noise at early hours. They are not needed for egg production and out of respect for neighboring homes; we believe they should be banned.