Cottage Grove debates if fowl is fair

  • Article by: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 26, 2012 - 9:53 AM

The city joins a flock of others weighing if chickens or other farm birds should be allowed.

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bandit228Nov. 21, 12 8:33 PM

You should see the vermin and feral cats that congregate around the chicken house in our neighborhood. The bird poop generated by the chicken feed is astounding, too. Kind of makes you realize why farm animals are usually found on farms.

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tcatheartNov. 21, 1211:59 PM

Wait, I'm confused. I thought we wanted less government? Oh wait, we want less government in OUR lives, to heck with our neighbors...

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MN's loneliest REPNov. 22, 12 6:19 AM

Bandit228....put that 'bird poop' to good use. It's great fertilizer for a garden or flower bed. I say bring on the chickens and the ducks. A few more animals in our lives is a good thing.

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dandean316Nov. 22, 12 7:23 AM

I raise hogs and chickens - out of town on a small hobby farm. First, chickens are not smart, but they are harmless and hens don't make noise. There is no manure smell if you give them each 2 feet of outdoor space. Roosters obviously crow and are noisy. Ducks and geese are another issue. They are loud and their manure stinks. Interesting comment about a chicken fad. What will happen to the hens once they stop laying. They CAN lay for up to ten years, but after a couple years, their production goes way down.

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livefreeordNov. 22, 12 7:58 AM

dandean - it's called chicken noodle soup and just like the eggs, it's delicious.

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livefreeordNov. 22, 12 8:00 AM

Ducks are much noisier, but it's not like they do it all day long. Let them have their fun.

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herdboarNov. 22, 12 8:24 AM

We raise chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys on a smallish scale. All are butchered in a timely manner. And laying hens go to stewing hens after 2 seasons; many turn their flock after only one season. We learned at 10 years old what many city adults still haven't learned, that 4H pig goes up the chute to slaughter at the end of the county fair.

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aardvark878Nov. 22, 12 1:10 PM

I'd love to have a couple of hens. I already grow veggies, and next year am expanding into fruit. Just need a backyard protein source. Of course when the rabbits and squirrels help themselves to my crop, I start imagining them in stew!

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heaven863Nov. 22, 12 5:03 PM

These ducks smell like a barn and are right under our kitchen window. They are so loud and obnoxious. Ducks carry one of the highest amounts of ecoli in their feces. I don't care if someone wants to live with ducks but I don't want to hear them smell them or worry about by small children and their respiratory issue. If you want farm animals then go live where you have 5 or more acres! We have less than a 1/4 of an acre!!! And I never agreed that they were ok!

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flightywaifNov. 23, 12 8:45 AM

It's bizarre that people are allowed to keep dogs with little oversight but chickens are a public policy dilemma.

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