Friday, July 10, 2009

Hawkish on Chickens? Metro Reconsidering Livestock Laws

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 6:42 AM

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Just this morning, I was negotiating the possible purchase of a chicken coop from a friend of a guy in my office. The prospective seller is about halfway through the construction of a chicken house, but now he's moving from his East Nashville home and won't be able to use it. So he's trying to re-coop (sorry) his cost of materials by selling it.

I was thinking about buying it, but after seeing this story in The Tennessean, I might be--wait for it--chickening out.

Oddly enough, the effort to tighten Metro's livestock regulations comes at a time when the Metro Council is reviewing legislation to allow community gardens in the urban services district. While that legislation does not touch on livestock, many urban agriculture advocates argue that raising livestock (specifically chickens) should be allowed as part of a larger strategy to promote food security.

On one side of the ledger are fresh eggs, pretty birds and a strengthened connection to the food chain. On the other side are crowing roosters, predatory animals and an abundance of poop. Surely somewhere in the middle is a compromise that could satisfy urban farmers and the Anti-Chicken Lobby.

If either chickens or anti-chicken laws ruffle your feathers, tell Bites why.

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