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Milwaukee Food Council Consider Legalizing Backyard Chickens
Milwaukee Food Council is Considering Legalizing Backyard Chickens
Tracy Bernhardt was forced to get rid of her 7beloved hens by the city council due to misconceptions about chickens! By JOHN EDWARD PECK
jepeck at wisc.edu
Mon Apr 27 18:04:42 CDT 2009
City dwellers in Madison can keep backyard egg layers, but local residents do it on the sly and lobby lawmakers By Karen Herzog MIlwaukee Journal Sentinel, Apr. 21, 2009 http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/43400552.html#
Milwaukee and Shorewood Consider legalizing backyard chickens
Chickens soon could be roosting in a backyard near you. Fresh eggs are the latest rage hatched by urban local food enthusiasts who say nothing beats an egg with a deep golden yolk, still warm from the henhouse. Several cities across the country - including Madison, Green Bay and Chicago - allow backyard chickens. Milwaukee and Shorewood are pecking away at the concept because a few residents have asked permission. Discussions have barely scratched the surface, though, because the urban chicken movement is controversial. For those curious about what it's like to have chickens as next-door neighbors, a documentary about Madison's evolution to a legal home for egg-laying hens will enjoy a free showing Wednesday night at Lakefront Brewery Palm Gardens. Madison legalized chickens five years ago. A "chicken underground," as it is called, has existed for years in Milwaukee and suburbs where some residents keep hens quietly. (Only roosters crow.) Caledonia recently rejected a proposed ordinance to allow chickens, and the Racine County village evicted one family's hens earlier this month. "It's strange looking in the backyard, and not seeing the 'girls' there," said Tracy Bernhardt, who was forced to send her seven hens packing to a Union Grove hobby farm. "We miss them a lot," Bernhardt said this week. "If we ever move to a different city, we'll make sure it's a place where chickens are allowed." Bernhardt said misconceptions are to blame for the failure of the proposed ordinance. Read more..
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