Allow Laying Hens in the City of Edmonton

I am adding my name to the growing numbers of citizens asking for ‘Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw 13145’ to be amended toallow laying hens within the City of Edmonton.

Chickens have lived symbiotically with humans for thousands of years for a large variety of sensible reasons. As pets, they are friendly and social. Hens are quieter than, and pose no risk of aggressive violence like dogs. They’re more easily contained than an outdoor cat. By virtue of their small size, hens are better suited to the small spaces offered by the urban environment than many pets currently allowed by the bylaw.
Unlike other pets, hens provide the following benefits to their owners and community:

high quality local food [eggs]chemical-free insect control in gardensreduced haulage of city waste by consuming household kitchen wasterich soil amendment from composted manureincreased connection to one’s food sourceincreased local food security
In keeping with Edmonton’s progressive nature, I ask that council follow the lead of many cities who have already led the way [Vancouver, Victoria, Guelph, Portland, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, etc], and allow hens within the City of Edmonton.

Sponsor

http://www.rivercitychickens.org/

Links

http://www.rivercitychickens.org/

Discussion

  • Patricia Ellison-Traverse I would have hens in my backyard in a heartbeat if I were allowed to do so. I want to become more involved in producing my own food.

  • Amber Gonzales I think this would benefit my kids and my garden, fresh eggs, pest control, they can eat the scraps and bugs and also they are very cute! Much less noisy then my neighbor's beagle who "sings" all day long!

  • James Dawson I want to keep 5 chickens in my backyard, next to my garden. This should be allowed.

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    Patricia Ellison-Traverse

    5 days ago Comments: I would have hens in my backyard in a heartbeat if I were allowed to do so. I want to become more involved in producing my own food.
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    Amber Gonzales, Canada

    1 week ago Comments: I think this would benefit my kids and my garden, fresh eggs, pest control, they can eat the scraps and bugs and also they are very cute! Much less noisy then my neighbor's beagle who "sings" all day long!
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