Make it legal to keep backyard chickens in the town of hempstead

Make it legal to keep backyard chickens in the town of hempstead

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Muhammad Bhatti started this petition to Town of Hempstead

The average golden retriever weighs about 70lbs, but the average hen weighs only about 5lbs. The average dog's bark is about 100 decibels loud, while the average hen's cluck is about 65 decibels. There is no limit as to how many dogs a person can own as long as they take good care of their pet(s), but you are not allowed to have even 1 chicken in the town of Hempstead.

In many far more populated and crowded cities in the US it is legal to raise chickens in one's backyard as pets and for eggs. Some well known poultry friendly cities include Boston MA, Chicago IL, Austin Texas and perhaps the most important ones, New York NY, and Brooklyn NY. If a person who's backyard is on average 1/4 the size of a yard in Nassau county, then why are they allowed to own chickens, and we can't?

Like most things it is always a good idea to put limitations on, specifically how many hens you can own and what you can do with them. Roosters (male chickens) are commonly known for there load crow at the crack of dawn. And for that reason I can understand why THAT is illegal to own roosters in urban areas. But hens make half as much noise as roosters, and they are less noisy then your average dog. And a rooster is not needed to get eggs. Obviously the more you have, the more they'll make noise and for that reason I think there should be a 6 chicken limit per household. The chickens must be well cared for, have a clean coop to live in and be treated in a humane way. And this leads to the outlaw of raising chickens for meat in urban areas. Not only can it be viewed as inhumane and disgusting, but butchering your own chickens is something that should stay in the in meat houses as sad as that is, because it is messy, loud and a way to spread salmonella.

Many families across the country that live in an urban setting enjoy the self sustainability of having a vegetable garden in their backyard. This doesn't surprise me because supplying food for your family that you grow can rewarding on so many levels. You know what exactly goes into your food and what does not. That means you don't have to be eating anything that is Genetically modified or treated with chemicals, pesticides and added growth hormones. For decades people have been keeping chickens as pets for a variety of reasons. The main reason is the same as growing a garden, self sustainability and supplying your family with fresh food, in this case eggs.

The average hen lays about one egg a day. The average backyard chicken owner owns about 2-8 chickens. This can accumulate to about well over 1,000 eggs a year depending on how many hens you have. Studies show that eggs laid by hens raised on pasture--in other words, hens who have access to a yard or run where they can forage--have less fat and cholesterol, and more healthy vitamin A, vitamin E, beta carotene and omega-3s.

The chickens also get a much better life then those kept on commercial farms in the egg industry. By getting eggs from your own chickens, you avoid supporting industrial farms that produce the majority of eggs sold in the US. Egg-producing industry. Hens on factory farms are kept in such close, inhumane quarters that they cannot stretch their legs or wings, walk around, or participate in normal social behaviors. Many animal lovers are able to own unique and sometimes dangerous pets such as parrots, scorpions, and boa constrictors. So why is it ok to own Pets such as that, but not to own chickens?

Another benefit to having pet chickens is how they help your backyard. Chicken manure can be easily composted down into a great fertilizer to be used on your flowers, vegetable plants and lawn. Chickens also eat many common backyard pests such as grubs, flies, ants, termites, Japanese beetles, slugs and snails. But they also eat and therefore help to eliminate creatures that can spread disease. These can include fleas and ticks which can spread lime disease, rats and mice which are known to spread many different types of germs and diseases, and mosquitoes which can carry and spread malaria, West Nile virus and yellow fever.

A couple of years ago the town of Huntington amended their code and made it legal to own chickens. Below is the link about the article. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/22/nyregion/long-island/22colli.html?mtrref=www.google.com

Please sign this petition if you live in the town of hempstead so we can send the petition to the town's supervisor. Thanks 

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