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The Urban Homesteaders' League Message Board Community Announcements › Boston City Council: Legalize Chickens in Boston

Boston City Council: Legalize Chickens in Boston

A former member
Post #: 33­

The current permitting process for backyard chickens makes it nearly impossible to legally and responsibly have a backyard flock. The City's permitting process should more easily allow a small number of backyard hens for the following reasons:

-- Chickens produce a rich fertilizer by-product, high in nitrogen, eliminating the need for petrochemical fertilizers.

-- Chickens eat insects, including ticks, reducing our backyard pest population, and allowing for reduced use of pesticides.

-- Backyard hens provide an educational opportunity to teach children where our food comes from and demonstrate responsible pet ownership.

-- Fresh, naturally raised eggs have an improved nutrient profile compared to conventional eggs.

-- Chickens eat table scraps, reducing municipal solid waste.

-- A properly cleaned and maintained chicken coop poses no sanitation risks.

By amending the permitting process to allow residents to keep a limited number of hens in residential zones, the City of Boston will encourage stewardship of the environment and food production on a household scale, in line with the City's goals for environmental sustainability and support of local food.
A former member
Post #: 26
Thank goodness I live in Worcester... it took years of pursuit, but they are finally writing up an ordinance to allow us to have chickens, and it doesn't seem as difficult to obtain a permit!
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