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Change City of Thornton code to allow residential chickens.

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We the citizens would like to change the current City of Thornton (COT) animal code to allow residential possession of chickens.

Many people would like to own their own chickens in order to produce eggs and later meat. Chicken feces has also been proven to aid in decomposition of natural materials, as well as quality manure for lawns and gardens.

Surrounding cities already allow residents to own chickens. The number of chickens owned does vary in each city.

We the citizens purpose the COT allow for residents to own and possess no more then six chicken hens per house hold. All chicken hens must have flight wings clipped, and the owners yards must be fenced in such way to ensure chickens shall not leave the owners property. Further, there must be a secure area for the chicken hens to retire to for the evening to prevent the further gathering of wild animals such as coyotes and foxes. Owners shall follow current COT rules concerning animal feces. No roosters shall be allowed as the noise they make can be disturbing to neighbors, and a rooster is needed only to fertilize eggs for continous chicken growth.

By allowing the possession of chicken hens COT would be keeping current with trends of other surrounding cities both locally and nationwide.

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