Bee, I've never seen you so worked up, haha! I hope i am able to explain this well enough for you from my perspective. I am a suburbanite and I love having backyard chickens! My coop was made of recycled materials so that cost was low and they eat all my kids left overs! Half eaten pear that fell in the dirt? "Give it to the chickens" bug infested lettuce? "Give it to the chickens." Supplemental feed costs really aren't that bad for us. Chickens are both livestock and pets to us. And I LOVE their poop! It is the best thing I can give my garden. I do all my own composting and I save probably close to $100 on garden amendments by doing my own composting of the chickens poop. It's pretty much gold. (And I don't want to drive around the country finding some farmer willing to sell me his flocks poop, not worth the time, gas and money). Same goes for finding & hauling around cow or rabbit poop or anything else.Bee said:I guess I'm a little confused about why people in cities and towns are so adamant about trying to have livestock in a city? I've heard all the excuses from "we want to know where our food comes from" to "we are trying to cut food costs", but no more hens than one could possibly have there could be no real savings on food, nor could it make any appreciable difference in their food supply...it's just a few eggs a day. Tons of money for coops, feed, supplies, etc. could never begin to be justified or paid for by no more eggs than are produced in such small flocks.
A more efficient use of the money would be to buy eggs from trusted local farmers or to even keep rabbits instead...better feed conversion, less start up costs, no complaints from the neighbors, no flaunting of town ordinances or stuffing chickens in tiny little, airless coops and worrying about the neighbors or HOA.
Is it just the current sense of entitlement in the world where folks like having their cake and eating it too? Won't move out to the country because the economy there is so poor, there's nothing to do, no cell signal, nowhere to work and make a living wage....so they want to have what the country people have while still living in the city? They just WANT it, so they simply MUST HAVE it? Are a few chickens and a few eggs and a ghastly cost for coops, equipment and an eternal search for the right feeds worth all the hoopla of fighting city hall and all the neighbors?
Anyone care to shed some sensible light on any common sense reasoning behind insisting on having chickens in the city? I've heard about it for years but am still totally mystified by it and have not heard one sane reason just yet as to why this is happening.