Sunday, November 28, 2010

What do Windsorites Think?

It's hard to tell for sure without a formal referendum.  Some councillors claim their constituents don't want the current bylaw to be overturned.  There seems to be no proof though. (If you haven't done so yet, please email your councillor so they know where you stand)

In fact, Councillor Alan Halberstadt has posted emails he has received from Windsorites on his website, and they are overwhelmingly in favour of allowing urban chickens.

The Windsor chapter of CLUCK has an online poll, which at last count has over 300 votes in favour of urban chickens, and only 6 that are not in favour.  (If you haven't cast your vote yet, please do so!)

I have also been talking about the issue with people I know, and those I don't know so well.  Not one single person told me they think the bylaw should stay as it is.  Responses have ranged from irritation that there is a bylaw at all, to one elderly friend who told me he thought it was a ridiculous concept when he first heard of it;  however, with all the media attention, he's been doing his own research and not only does he now support it, but he would like a couple of chickens of his own!  I even found a family in my own neighbourhood who have kept 2 chickens for the past 4 years.  They have no intention of coming out of the closet after what the bylaws enforcement officers did at Sarah Kacso's house.

This is what I think.  We need to properly frame the question properly before we can determine where Windsorites stand, and that is why we need Council to strike a working committee.  I don't, however, believe we have to make this difficult.  For example, perhaps you would support a bylaw amendment that allows the following:

Up to 3 well-looked after hens (no roosters) in a properly fenced-in area.  Eggs may not be sold, nor may slaughtering take place on the premises.

If that were the gist of the bylaw, would you want to keep chickens yourself?  Or would you support others' right to have them?  Are those rules too restrictive or not restrictive enough?  Would you want the chickens to reside a certain distance away from  neighbouring properties?  If so, what distance would be appropriate? 

What do you think?  What is missing?  Please leave your comment below.

1 comment:

  1. -If feed kept inside a predator proof coop, that is constructed with a small gauge chicken wire, it should minimize the amount of rodent and predator problems.
    -I believe 10 ft away from neighbour's home would be ideal.
    -Free ranging hens should be supervised.


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