I fully support the idea of being able to raise urban chickens in Campbell River.
Keeping chickens will mean that I can be sure that the eggs my family eats come from healthy, happy animals, unlike the cheap mass-produced eggs in the grocery stores which come from hens kept in horrible conditions (tiny cages, in the dark for all of their lives, feathers pecked out). It’s a great way to teach my nieces and nephew where food comes from.
Sensible restrictions on chicken-keeping in the city like not allowing roosters and minimum yard sizes per hen would reduce noise and potential smells and, I’m sure, would be a part of any city bylaw as they are in other cities which allow chicken-keeping.
My backyard is not an oasis of tranquillity – it is full of traffic noise from Alder. I would much rather listen to some gently clucking hens in the gaps between the traffic than my neighbour’s TV.
And who knows, the neighbours might just get some free eggs…