Legalize Backyard Chickens in Bossier City, LA

Legalize Backyard Chickens in Bossier City, LA

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Molly Burt started this petition to Tommy Chandler

Chickens are currently illegal to raise in Bossier City Limits yet the west side of Benton Rd is "outside" of the city limits and chickens reside at one of the homes across from Old Green Acres Subdivision. I would like to present some very good reasons why chickens should be legalized inside the city limits. Please sign my petition to legalize the raising of these beautiful, sweet animals in our backyards.

1. They make wonderful quiet pets with their sweet, individual personalities. They are smart and trainable, show love, disappointment and come running with excitement when they see you in the morning (and they do not crow). They are extremely low maintenance (easier than a dog or cat), don't need to be walked, they pay rent ( eggs-don't need a rooster to get these!), they do not bark and entertain themselves all day while taking care of the environment. 

2. Their eggs are 3 times more nutritious containing more omega-3 fatty acids and 1/3 the cholesterol of factory-farmed eggs. They are also more convenient considering today's supply problems, & the rising cost of food and fuel. therefore saving time and money.

3. They are wonderful composters for kitchen scraps which reduces waste. Since they are omnivores they will eat just about anything and their waste can be used in the garden. They also eat bugs which means they help control the mosquito population as well as other pests in your yard. The average chicken eats as much as 2 lbs of bugs a day! Ticks, caterpillars, flies, and grub worms are high on their list of delicacies so they are not only consuming protein but are removing nasty disease-bearing bugs from the land. They have even been known to take care of the occasional small snake, mouse, or rat if it comes along.

4. Having chickens is educational. Caring for chickens is easy and, collecting eggs, helping feed and clean out the coop is an excellent way for children to learn about where their food comes from as well as learn responsibility.

5. Recently we have learned how fragile our food systems really are as we have all walked into the store and experienced the sight of empty shelves. The problem doesn't seem to be getting better either as the stores have recently put up signs that say certain items may not be available due to supply shortages. The nutrition eggs provide goes a long way toward providing basic food security. Chickens need relatively little space and can help the community. There is a great need at Missions who ask that local farmers donate their extra eggs and neighbors in our community who may need a little extra help sometimes.

6. They are wonderful composters for kitchen scraps. Since they are omnivores they will eat just about anything and their waste can be used in the garden. It provides nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium which are all essential elements for the soil and vegetation. 

7. Recently, there is a growing consensus that raising chickens is beneficial for people who suffer from autism.

https://magiclifeuk.com/autism-and-therapy-chickens/#:~:text=People%20who%20keep%20chickens%20are,their%20social%20skills%20with%20peers

Not to mention helping those with depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

https://www.hobbyfarms.com/therapy-chickens-creating-bonds-and-improving-health/

Bossier City, being a bird sanctuary city, would even be the perfect area if some people decided to keep a small flock of endangered breeds. There is even a need for a battered hen's rescue. This would not only provide a safe haven for abandoned or older chickens but could be a source of revenue for the city, although many cities rely on trusted citizens who are current chicken owners to share or take on this responsibility. Those of us who want chickens are willing to pay for permits, if necessary, as Shreveport once required. Shreveport allows chickens, our neighboring towns allow chickens ... may we please have chickens too? 

 

 

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