Chickens are the most sustainable pet on the planet. They eat unwanted pests like mosquitos, provide organic fertilizer for gardens, encourage healthy worm growth and micronutrients in topsoil, and consume organic waste, saving it from the landfill. And best of all, they provide a healthy, sustainable supply of fresh eggs.
Backyard chickens are no more of a threat or nuisance to urban life than a dog or cat, yet offer many benefits that man's best friends do not. It is important to residents with concern for the environment, humane treatment of animals, or their own health to have access to this great alternative to mainstream poultry.
Over 500 U.S. cities and towns have changed their rules to make it easy for people to keep backyard chickens in recent years.
Chapel Hill, Charlotte and High Point all specifically allow backyard chickens, with similar restrictions, while others such as Greensboro and Raleigh do not restrict chickens at all. We want our ordinances to be updated similarly to make it easier to keep urban chickens, while still requiring sanitation and humane treatment to the animals.