Urban Poultry: The Hearing

I think I’ve made it somewhat clear that I don’t really care about chickens (that is, I don’t care if they exist in the city, but birds are one of my many phobias, so I just don’t want them approaching me on the street).

However, if you care one way or the other, there will be a hearing on Tuesday, October 11 at 5pm for the Public Health subcommittee to discuss urban chickens.

(Normally, I would love to liveblog this, but it conflicts with the library board, so if you go and would like to share your notes with the readership, let me know.)

There are certain items that I’d like to see addressed in an ordinance. 

Number one among those are roosters.  Presumably roosters would not be allowed under this ordinance.  Do we have the animal control officers to address any complaints about roosters?  Where would confiscated roosters go?  Do we have the animal rescue resources in place that could help re-home roosters?

The second would be disease and care of animals.  I know the one of the benefits of chickens is that they eat ticks (which is a major plus in my book), but the downside is that they can have diseases that most of us aren’t familiar with.  Do we have the vet resources that could assist with any potential chicken issues?  Do we have a support structure (formal or informal) for folks who’d like to raise chickens?

I’m sympathetic to those who are trying to regularize chicken ownership in Worcester.  (I say “regularize” because there are folks who are currently keeping chickens legally, and others who are not able to do the same.)  They’ve first got to make it through two hurdles: Phil “Ponytail” Palmieri and Konnie “The Look” Lukes.  Councilor Haller — the third member of the Public Health Subcommittee — is very supportive of their efforts.

Good luck, folks.

Just remember — if Konnie gives you that look, you can ask her what smells so bad.  Because it ain’t your chickens.

(Image: urban chickens, a  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic licensed image from fantail media’s photostream.)


11 thoughts on “Urban Poultry: The Hearing

  1. zed says:

    I hope they answer the ultimate question: Can you dispose of chicken shit in a yellow city trash bag?

  2. Roger Cummings says:

    The reasons that Barbara Haller is so pro-chicken are numerous:

    She has a big hen butt and walks like one especially when she wears her signature yellow vest and beehive hairdo (take a look at ANY of her videos)

    She squawks and squawks

    She likes to hen peck (that poor Frank Z.!!!)

    She lays a lot of eggs

    She resembles Chicken Little, but instead of saying “the sky is faling! the sky is falling!), she wants you to think that there are child molesters at your back door and other immoral forces exist everywhere

  3. Sharoney says:

    Stay classy, Roger.

    • Nicole says:

      Sharoney — thanks for calling that comment out. Folks can have their issues with Councilor Haller — certainly I do — but I suggest you focus on her policy positions and less on her looks.

  4. Les says:

    Anyone ever tell you that you have no sense of humor. Stick to live blogging the WPL stuff.

  5. Tracy Novick says:

    I’ll be there, but I have to duck out before 6 for a School Committee forum, so I’m no help on liveblogging.

  6. Sprout says:

    It would appear Tracy is pro-duck…

  7. Julie says:

    No dirty yolks. This is a family blog. 😉

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