Support the Shawano City Chicken Ordinance

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The city of Shawano currently restricts residents from raising chickens in their backyards. Please sign this petition asking the city to update the ordinance to allow its residents to keep chickens.

Raising chickens is a wonderful family activity and an excellent opportunity to teach children that their food doesn't grow on a grocery store shelf. It’s important that kids have a connection to their food (preferably healthy food) and understand the farm-to-plate chain. 

Not interested in owning chickens? You can benefit from having neighbors who do! Barter with your neighbors for their fresh eggs with something from your garden or a helpful service. They’ll have plenty- one hen lays around 300 eggs per year!

A common concern is based on the misconception that chickens are noisy. Hens are very quiet animals. It is roosters that can be loud – crowing at the break of dawn. You don’t need a rooster to keep backyard chickens. They lay eggs just fine without them; eggs that won’t ever hatch into chickens. This petition is only to allow hens to be owned.

 

It’s a bonding family-experience: you get a new outdoor pet, without the hassle of house training and such. And children can learn responsibility by pitching in! Whether it’s gathering the eggs, feeding, watering, or cleaning out the hen house, there’s productive work to do every day with chickens.

Not to mention, chickens are great for your compost. Chicken poop is high in nitrogen which is great for your compost bin and you can even compost the used egg shells.

Chickens will improve your garden. They are natural foragers so free-range chickens will scratch the soil looking for yummy bugs like grubs, earwigs, and the same bugs that eat your summer fruits and veggies. Plus, as they turn the soil, it’ll aerate, breakup vegetations, and accelerate the decomposing process.

City of Shawano residents, join me in asking the city to update the ordinance and allow us all to enjoy the many benefits of backyard chickens.  



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