Chickens have been animal companions of humans for thousands of years. They are very entertaining and they provide more benefits to us than dogs or cats. When allowed to range in the yard, they provide outstanding pest control, eating ticks, slugs, mosquitoes, and many other insects. And they produce eggs that are much more nutritious than those you can buy at the supermarket.
Backyard chickens will generally get far more humane care than those raised in filthy, crowded “factory farms.” Industrial production is creating numerous problems, including pollution from manure, antibiotic resistance, and higher risk of a more dangerous strain of bird flu. Keeping a few chickens at home is one way we can each do our part to address these problems. Limit their numbers, and require clean, humane care – sure. But there is no legitimate reason for any city to prohibit keeping a few chickens, any more than there is reason to ban the keeping of cats or dogs.
Cheryl Long, Editor in Chief
Mother Earth News Magazine