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Please help make backyard chicken raising legal in Chandler!

Some friends and I are on the city council's agenda for a study session the 13th of August at 7p.m. Come one, come all to help support this cause!

Anyone who wants 3 minutes to speak gets 3 minutes, or you can even get added to the agenda yourself; make a quick call to the city clerk at 480-782-2180. The latter is only for Chandler city residents, presumably. Otherwise anyone who wants to show support should come.

Is there anyone in the healthcare profession that could dispel the fear of backyard chickens leading to bird flu and such? This is a void we need filled...

We plan to meet at a friends' place at 6 o'clock that evening to plan strategy; any and all are welcome to join. If you can attend, I'll send you the address directly.

as for Chandler City Hall's location: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=210625633456536215571.0004c623...

Thanks, and I hope to see you there.

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I would be interested in attending.

Donna Bruce

Donna- I will 'friend' you as to be able to send the pre-council meetup details; I do no want to broadcast my friends' address as I do not think that is my place.

Glad you are interested in attending!

THis is fantastic Renu.  I am interested in attending and will consider speaking.  Suggestions on the angle to take would be helpful if you dont mind.  my email is reeves_team AT cox.net    Thanks for taking the lead on this.  I've been dreaming of it for some time.  

I'll send you an email with info and our pre-council meeting address. This will be when we organize order/who says what.

Not sure if this is the case with you, but public speaking can be hard; I know it has been for me at points in my life. Even if people simply say that they support backyard chicken raising that speaks volumes!

I'm in Gilbert, but I hope you succeed. It seems a (Chandler-based) vet could dispel the myths.

Things to bring to their attention (you already know these, but they don't) include:

  • Chickens are allowed in all surrounding cities and there have been not outbreaks of illnesses.
  • The main concern with chickens is the rooster's noise, but you don't need a rooster. Most cities have a limit of 4-6 hens, and no roosters.
  • The health benefits of home-raised eggs is well known, and chickens help to reduce pesticides by eating bugs. In other words, they're good for the health and good for the environment. (I'm sure Chandler is environmentally sensitive.)
  • Parrots, dogs, and children are noisier than chickens.
  • The argument about them being farm animals is moot, too, because dogs and children are also raised on farms. :)

Let's hope that the council make decisions based on fact, not emotion and fear. If you Google, "make chickens legal," there are all sorts of articles on successful efforts in other towns, and resources and information that can dispel the myths. Here's a good one: http://grist.org/article/food-2011-01-05-how-to-get-your-city-to-al...

Good luck!

Sheri- Parts of your list made me chuckle out loud. :D

We have compiled a bunch of information, but the more we have, the better. Thanks for the article and well wishes. And asking a vet to dispel myths related to chickens is a great idea. For that matter, Chandler was founded by a vet and was heavily agriculture based!

If I may ask, do you keep chickens? The Transportation and Development Director and City Planner of Chandler (the gentlemen that are spearheading the city's internal push) are looking for coops to tour to see what this is all about 1st hand. Anyone who has chickens kept within the confines of their city's laws can help with this! Please! Thanks!

Yes, we do keep chickens--25 of them. :)

They are very welcome to come by and see what we do. We are on an acre, so our situation is a little different than a housing tract, but overall, the same principles apply wherever you are. I'd be happy to let them hold a bird and talk to them about the ins & outs & challenges of urban chickens. :)

Wonderful! I really appreciate it. Wish I had an acre (or 4!).... I will contact you soon.

I might be able to show them my coop.  I'm in a subdivision in Gilbert, but our lot is 1/2 acre.  I have 7 chickens right now.  I use deep litter in the coop and they free-range during the day. 

You can see a picture of my coop on my page.

That would be great, Becky. I'll 'friend' you so we can potentially arrange something.

Would you want to show them this video?  My home schooled daughter made it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV-FYmQ5Fio&feature=plcp

Becky that video is ADORABLE!

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