The City of Castlegar has decided to hold a public meeting regarding the interest shown in permitting urban hens within the residential areas of the City. This was at the prompting of Councillor Deb McIntosh who has patiently listened to the arguments for and against chickens in the City. Few details are available but stay tuned for further information on the meetings.

What questions would you like answered about urban hens?

In other hen news this week, the City of Kelowna is considering permitting chickens, while the City of Waterloo, Ontario has move in the opposite direction, banning chickens. It seems that there is a lot of chicken talk in Canada at the moment, as long as there are reasonable limits to the number of hens and how they are kept, I see less problems with hens than dogs. The number of bylaw complaints of dogs roaming the streets or threatening people in cities like Rossland is quite amazing considering that people actually keep these animals as companions! Never heard of anyone hospitalized by a chicken.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

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