tadacip cipla india generic doxycycline hyclate levothyroxine for sale on amazon where can you buy viagra cheapest prices on generic cialis nexium 20mg 40mg tablets does retin a require prescription free dysfunction samples levitra brand pills for sale anastrozole price i missed 2 dosage id clomid sildenafil fiyat cialis professional 20 mg buy drugs without prescription salbutamol pay pal risperidal without prescription where can i cialis does aetna pay for cialis cheap viagra uk supplier buy cyclotec real viagra pfizer viagara russian pharmacy bactrim no prescription the best selling viagra ascorbic acid cheap selling cytotec how to get off pain pills cialis tablets india tablets 20 mg buymedsonline viagra mailed ordered from canada viagra kuala lumpur canadian pharmacy online express achats de pilules viagra obat meloxicam world med direct where to buy inexspensive viagra purchase wellbutrin sr 150 mg vam vira tadalafil capsules orlistat uk omifin trazodone without prescription can i get lithium over the counter seroquel generic date cheap pharm store viagra with ssri where is bora bora pyridium boots diclofenac sodium alcohol dapoxetine#md buy medicene from india order xenical online pharmacy long time sex tablet canadianpharmacyxyz real cialis online pharmacy buy astepro from india cataflam wad kost crestor price in saudi arabia 122 vigara master card payment ebay griseofulvin drugs tetracycline antibiotics can i get generic letrozole in uk? online ed tratments canadian generic cialis no prescription needed ratings comprar finasteride generico express ship non prescription viagara canadian pharmacy abortion pills canadian 25 mg viagra alli tabs uk levrita gelly farmacy on line articulo 208 clavamox for dogs with no prescription erectile dysfunction aids valium bupropion online viagra et le psa belize pharmacy at port over the counter prednisone substitute single viagra pills buy soloxine no rx needed flagyl syrup dosage for children buy synthroid in usa tennessee ginseng prices 2012 where to order lipitor prednisone online no tijuana pharmacy medications buy cialis in the philippines snorting etodolac harm of cialis two pills in 24 hours viagra under tongue ed pills at gnc viagra alternitive preisvergleich viagra generika overseas drug store best price on levitra cheap vardenafil online where to buy brimonidine tartrate duloxetina acne best online pill site online pharmacy prilosec propecia 5mg benicar efectos secundarios sibutramine for sale online usa sildenafil manly order strattera online no prescription buy lanoprazole without prescription alli cheap viagra singapore cialis 5 mg daily dose teladifil canada buy why would viagra not work levitra 20 mg online viagrasonline viagra online no prescription albendazole canada prescriptions for cialis name brand viagra canada colospa buy cialis in usa master card generic viagra accept paypal fstest delivery of online viagr tinidazole dosage next day viagra uk thc pills for sale valium money pak usa online meds no perscription www.rayhhealthcarepvtltd buy trazodone cheap buy viagra jakarta saraquill medication proscar hair loss buy gabepentin uk compare prices cialis pfizer viagra free samples propecia disconts online ejackulation buy alli weight loss pills pharma plus canada why does it take for my cialis to work cerro de la cruz cafayate estrace vaginal cream buy cheap cyproheptadine pour chat primatene mist inhaler buy buy tadacip india buy 50mg viagra in austrailia codeine et musculation miglior prezzo cialis generico let me watch this channel 1 lesofat price philippines esram 20mg indications articulo 79 why is there a shortage of bystolic cialis and micardis viagra tablets side effects in hindi levitra tablets cobix no prescription free shipping lexapro street value cheap pharmaceutical stocks viagra brand canidian pharmacy glucovance no prescription needed overnight vpxl brand cialis online mastercard tadalafil 20mg watch over the counter meds like cialis pergotime cheap low cost viagra overnight cialis delivery cheap accutane 10 mg xenical online new zealand vytorin coupon cialis 5mg prix cefixime side effects xenical singapore aeromate rginal levitra cialis 20 mg 4 compresse. lantus solostar needles prices free sample cyvita purchase estradiol online zovira cream levaquin sale brand name levitral online non generic valtrex levitra prodaja sildenafil citrate 100mg for women tadalafil 5mg reviews making viagra work better viagracanada ed express viagra robaxin without rx clonidine internet pharmacy medications the least expensive cialis do apetamin syrup cause yeast infection acheter viagra generique pas cher synthroid without rx canada cialis 100 mg erythromycin brand vioagra from mexico cialis ills alternatives for doxycycline no prescription accutane where to buy war 1m antibiotics pharmacie en ligne sildenafil canadian viagra generic female viagra paypal accepted costco stress test buying antabuse online uk pharmacy rx one coupon secure online bactrim where to buy cialis soft online tinidazole for dogs articulo 75 generic viagra 100mg pills authentioc brand viagra buspar discontinued how to import aterax femara no prescription levitra 10 what is orlistat hexal cialis 20mg prix pharmacie epr 800 weight gainer reviews all pills shop norvasc 5mg picture best drug store in hongkong where to get nizagara abilify and india buy cheap viagra online in australia what bacteria does keflex cover allercet clomid tablets to buy uk no perscription generic robaxin best online levitra buy vicoprofen online order free viagara online with echeck buy strattera online order otc lexapro viagra originale paypal 365 pills viagra buy fucidin cream no prescription rxrelief card reviews onlain will viagra make me last longer unternehmensberatung jual cytotec jakarta is septra good for strep order viagra overnight delivery cialis buy from canada generic tadalafil manila viagra cialis for sale amitriptyline were can i buy them over counter prednisone lady era shortage of clomid maxman ultimate doxycycl hyc 100mg canada superstore finpecia generic drugs on line form india humanhealthbiz canadian rx no prescription mobic 15 mg street value purchase tinidozole mantreal cialas commercial mail order birth control pills lisinopril amlodipine combination shared-care.ca loc:br buy lithium orotate canada donde comprar cialis pfizer samples request form mobicool mini fridge canadian pharmacy hr viagra without prescription canada viagra pour femme vendu au quebec viagra us pharmacy fedex delivery cialis with dapoxetine generic buy cialas on line what is better cialis or viag... compare prices on generic levitra pharmacy express scam pil yasmin fluconazole oral best india no perscription pharacy online pharmacies no prescription www@33drugsonline viagra usa discount tadalafil periactin buy online uk generic albuterol when will dapoxetine be available? medrol order elocon cream no prescription viagra how to get viagra without prescription pharmacies india buy clomid 100mg online online pharmacy canada pariet tablets 20mg is .5mg of propecia effective tadalafil generic best prices online anacin prices canada fluoxetine price will flagyl cure ringworm viagran plus can you drink on zithromax 121 dth 24b kamal kunj sv road canadian pharmacy in largo florida cipla india suhagra 100 buy cialis 40 mg paypal ciprofloxacino para sirve indian pharm inderal buy tetracycline in the uk apo fluconazole 150 for men diflucan online florida getting lariam from cvs pharmacy viagra online pay with paypal rx pills is estrace a controlled substance best price propecia levitra bayer prezzo in farmacia cheap cialis generic online where to buy frusemide uk viagra sex video predisone without prescription buying viagra bucharest brand viagra buy online how to get penicillin online diovan without prescripyion obat provera prometh codeine cough syrup buy online brian benton kamagra viagra cialis clenbuterol best india perscription drugs india pharamcy zoloft order citalopram no rz generic for advair diskus 250 50 lexapro compra en usa no perscription dog drugs lamisil 250 mg online clomid unprescribed sale comprar cialis en bogota colombia furadoine 50mg uk trusted site for generic cialis where to buy lisinopril cialis generika deutschland trim active plus reviews lyme disease antibiotics for dogs viagra online usa risperidol over the counter sureway trinidad purchasing vardenafil buy orlistat online uk celecoxib on line kamagra oral jelly no presc online pharmacy reviews no prescription how does eprostol work tadalafil cialis with dapoxetine brand viagra usa pharmacy prices viagra malaysia pharmacy best deals on levitra frasesdefutbol in india name of female vigra is generic cialis safe estrofem 2mg cialis quick delivery uk misoprostol venta pharmacy prices for levitra where can i buy predisolone 5mg tablets is prednisone otc in canada how much money is cialis viamedic com vfw store cialis not working first time the safest place to buy levitra on site clavamox for cat no script promethazine syrup uk order clomid online allcanadiantab fucking with viagra antabuse without prescriptions benadryl and zoloft overdose can etodolac get you high cheap generic airmail buy androgel 1.62 canada levothyroxine sodium buy uk lisinipril without a prescription cost of viagra in barcalona spain cialis black reviews voltaren 50 mg brand cialis best price buy prednisone 20 mg tablets buy vyvanse online is the hills scripted can viagra lower blood pressure buy victoza online in canada buy cheap and genericsleeping pill order toys online pay with echeck pastillas para ereccion suhagra 100 retailers first medicine online pharmacy store costa rica online pharmacies fornisseurs viagra buy amoxicillin amazon 252 vermox discontinued cytotec consecuencias us viagra 1-3 day generic male enhancement pills colchicine 0.5mg doxycycline hyclate acne reviews antabuse overnight shipping betamethasone valerate cream bp order viagra canada viagra-150-mg-dose buy vyvanse neighborhood resource center malegra pro 100 doxycycline horses how long buy augmentin 625 erectivin vi non prescription tadalafil pharmacy rx why would cialis stop working viagra online package super cialas online pharmacy usa no prescription availabilty elavil canada viagra in usa cialis 60 mg pills what does viagra cost viagra vendita online in italia lasix without a script clomiphene citrate and late period buying viagra online mylan atorvastatin recall comprar albendazole buying ortho tri cyclen no prescription fluconazole no perscription buy trazadone viagra preise schweiz where to buy water pills alli india cialis 5 mg cost buy crestor overseas pharmacies pharmacy that ships to us where can i buy accutane how long to take clomid to get pregnant cialis black market ambilfy without a prescription synkapton hospital cayetano heredia nefrologia where to buy amoxicillin vancouver buy cilias viagra brand pfizer what happened to alli viagra pittsburgh doxycyline no prescription trazodone 50 mg street value vermox over the counter periet medication sold in canada no prescription pharmacy paypal prednisone online overnight cialis effectiveness with exercise levitra 40 mg sale ordering flagyl by mail doctor free viagra prednislone next day tegretol buy on line binotal fluconazole canadian pharmacy get viagra jelly from india now over counter water pills buy viagra pills for men can i get ponstel otc gen viagra online sildenafil sales ventolin inhaler for sale chestionare stress elevi buy zebeta without prescription 5 day z pack dose ventolin buy with paypal viagra online uk 1 risperdal without prescription indian pharmacy paypal uk on line pharmacy viagra in malaysia online generic viagra sites, reviews 76 super tadapox for sale usa 24hr pharmacy no perscription viagra ohne rezept rechnung viagra with no prescription priligy dubai viagra not generic order trazodone without rx flagyl overnight no prescription allegra d online online pharama where cani get clomid vaigara tadalafil prices discount
Share this page on facebook
Curious kids stir Port chicken debate PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 19:47

Brother, sister have done their homework and want a coop in their city yard, but they’ll have to convince reluctant officials

For Joshua and Michaela Bultman, Port Washington’s upcoming debate on urban chickens is about producing their own food and enjoying the process.

    “I thought it would be fun,” said Joshua, 11. “I want them for the eggs. I want to know where my food comes from. I also want them for pets.

    “I like agriculture. It interests me.”
    Ideally, they would like a flock of 10 chickens at their Summit Drive home, said Michaela, 13, but their parents Ian and Amy nixed that idea.

    “It’s going to be four,” their father said. “That’s what we had growing up, and that was plenty. I don’t want a chicken farm.”

    It was Joshua who asked that the Port Washington Common Council consider allowing urban chickens, a concept that has caught on around the country.

    Aldermen, who last week agreed to look at the issue, are expected to discuss it further when they meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, City Administrator Mark Grams said.

    In Ozaukee County, chickens are allowed in two municipalities, the Village of Fredonia and City of Mequon.

    Adam Hady, agriculture agent for Richland County who is the co-author of “Poultry in Urban Areas,” said the popularity of urban chickens can be traced back to the local food movement.

    “People just want to go back to understanding where their food comes from and get that connection,” Hady said. “A lot of it has to do with the whole local foods movement. “

    Many families look at urban chickens as an educational experience for their children, he said.

    “It teaches children about the responsibility involved in caring for an animal, and they provide us with something in return — eggs,” Hady said.

    It generally costs $300 to $400 to get started with four or five chicks, Hady said. A hen will typically lay 200 to 300 eggs a year, depending on the breed and age of the bird, he said, noting that it takes about 26 hours to produce an egg.

    Cities and villages that allow chickens typically set limits on the number — usually between four and seven, Hady said.

    The biggest concerns are noise, disease and how to handle manure, he said.

    Many communities address the noise issue by prohibiting roosters, he said.

    “Are chickens really loud? No,” Hady said. “Will you hear them sometimes? Sure.”

    People often plant shrubs around the coop or run to help muffle any noises, he added.

    The chance of disease is minimized by keeping coops clean, he said, adding this will also address any concerns that chickens will attract pests, including mice and rats, and predators. Coops and runs are also typically required to be fenced so the birds can’t get free.

    Manure produced by the chickens can be composted or used as fertilizer.

    Many people fear that chickens will become prevalent if a community allows them, Hady said, but that’s not the case.

    In Madison, a community of 237,000 people that has allowed chickens since 2004, only 113 annual permits have been issued so far this year and 158 were issued last year.

    “There are way more dogs and cats,” Hady said.

    Many communities use a permit system, often with a trial period, to ensure the chickens don’t cause a problem, Hady said.

    The City of Baraboo, a community of about 12,000 people northwest of Madison, has allowed urban chickens in areas zoned for single-family homes since 2009.

    “It’s been a  non-issue,” City Administrator Ed Geick said. “It wasn’t a controversial thing, but there was a lot of discussion. We wanted to make sure the concerns of people were addressed.

    “No one knew how many people wanted to raise chickens.”

    The city has only issued six permits since the City Council approved urban chickens, he said.

    “To my knowledge, we haven’t gotten any complaints from neighbors,” he said.

    As in Port Washington, the issue of urban chickens in Baraboo was brought up by a student who wanted to keep them, Geick said.

    The City Council used Madison’s ordinance to guide it in crafting their own law, he said, noting it addresses everything from the number of chickens allowed — six hens, no roosters— to the need for a predator-proof, city-approved coops and spaces for the hens to run. Coops must provided two to four square feet of space for each chicken, and can’t be closer than 10 feet to a lot line.

    The chickens must be kept in a covered coop or fenced area at all times.

    Neighbors must be notified, and a permit won’t be issued if more than half of them object.

    Community service officers with the police department inspect the coops, oversee the applications and deal with any complaints, Geick said. The one-year permits cost $25 initially and $10 when renewed.

    Closer to home, in Fredonia, residents are required to obtain an annual $15 permit to keep chickens. They are limited to six birds, and the owner must provide at least six square feet of space in a coop for each bird, to a maximum 48 square feet.

    Neighboring property owners must be notified, and setback requirements must be met. The sale of eggs and slaughtering of birds is prohibited.

    Joshua said he first started thinking about raising urban chickens after his mother brought home a book about the birds.

    He did a report on raising chickens for school in 2010 after finding out the city didn’t allow chickens and submitted it to then-alderman Tom Hudson for consideration. Hudson complimented him on the report, Joshua said, but it didn’t go any further.

    So he let it go. But last summer, after reading about the 12-year-old Fredonia boy who successfully petitioned the village to allow urban chickens, Joshua decided to try again.

    He submitted his report to City Hall, where it was directed to Ald. Joe Dean. Dean wrote to him, complimented him and told him that after the 2013 budget was settled the city would consider the matter.

    Joshua and his siblings are home schooled, and his parents said they consider this a learning experience.

    “We look at everything as school,” his father said. “This is a great way for my kids to learn about civics. We said, ‘If you want this, you have to talk to the city about it.’”

    While all their nine children like the idea of keeping chickens, it is Joshua and Michaela who are most interested.

    Joshua is the family farmer, their father joked, noting he keeps bees and is going to have a small maple syrup operation at a family friend’s property in the Town of Grafton this year. Chickens are a natural offshoot.

    Michaela is a font of information about chickens, listing the children’s five favorite types — Rock Island Reds, silver laced Wyandottes, Plymouth Rock, Ameraucana and Silkie Bantams.

    The children have researched coops and talked to some of the neighbors about the idea. Some of the neighbors have indicated an interest in having hens as well, they noted.

    They’ve looked into the issues that typically come up when communities consider urban chickens, and formulated their responses.

    And they’ve done the math. They want to raise the chickens from chicks, and figure it will take about four months before they start laying eggs. They figure it will cost about $300 to start their endeavor, and that they’ll save the family $7 a week on eggs — paying for themselves after a year.

    “Everybody’s going green and organic,” Michaela said. “They actually pay for their keep with their eggs. And they don’t take a lot of work. You don’t have to walk them.”

    Hady recommended communities consider the issue of urban chickens, saying they can learn by talking to those municipalities that have crafted regulations.

    “It’s worth sitting down and having the discussion, no matter which side you’re on,” he said. “In general, people have strong feelings one way or the other. Don’t expect it to be smooth and easy. But it’s a discussion worth having.

    “If you do approve it, there’s not going to be this massive explosion of birds everywhere. There’ll be a few families here and there who raise them.”

Image Information: PORT WASHINGTON’S DEBATE on allowing chickens to be raised in the city was spurred by a request from Joshua and Michaela Bultman, who want to produce the eggs their family enjoys.       Photo by Sam Arendt

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.