Allow Backyard Chickens in Palmer, Michigan.

Allow Backyard Chickens in Palmer, Michigan.

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Kara Borghi started this petition to Richmond Township Board

THE BENEFITS OF BACKYARD CHICKENS:
So, what exactly can backyard chickens do for you? Here are just some of the benefits that you will gain by keeping a backyard chicken flock!

  • Chickens can help ensure a fresh supply of eggs (or even meat) to sustain yourself and your neighborhood. This helps reduce dependence on grocery stores and supply chains that may be compromised during hard times.
  • Backyard chickens reduce food waste by eating kitchen scraps.
  • Chickens produce manure that can be used as a natural fertilizer and can be turned into compost for gardens.
  • Chickens aid in the garden by eating insects.
    If your chickens have access to your compost or garden, they will scratch, till and turn compost or soil. This helps to break down and mix together the components while also introducing oxygen to the soil or compost.
  • Backyard chickens are educational! Children will learn how to care for animals, where their food comes from and about the life cycle.
  • A backyard flock can make you happy! Chickens can be very enjoyable and personable! They also allow you to have a greater connection with nature as you care for them. 
  • Chickens are relatively easy and affordable to care for. They make a great starter animal for people who don’t have a lot of time or money to invest in other forms of livestock. 
  • Chickens do not require a lot of space. Even small backyards can usually accommodate a small flock! For even smaller spaces, quail make a great alternative and offer many of the same benefits.
  • *(Source: https://www.communitychickens.com/chicken-basics-zbw2003ztil/

There are many large cities across the country that are allowing 'urban hens' or 'backyard chickens', such as New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, and Houston, TX.  Even bigger cities in Michigan are allowing chickens, such as Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Traverse City. Contrary to what most might beleive about chickens - a rooster is not necessary to have in a flock of hens.  Hens will still lay eggs without a rooster. Most city ordinances don't allow roosters due to noise but a small flock of hens is hardly any more rambunctious or distracting that a group of kids or a couple of dogs.  

The way to allow chickens in the plat of Palmer, MI, would include regulations on the size of flock, maintenance of coop, and distance to residential buildings - some recommended regulations can be found on: https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/suggestions_for_ordinances_allowing_backyard_poultry_by_darren_karcher_sku

Please consider signing this petition to support having Backyard chickens in the plat of Palmer, Michigan located within Richmond Township of Marquette County. 

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