Well hello there! Have you forgotten that there's actually a second author on this blog? :D
I'm popping up here to give an old post a little bit of a bump, because lately there has been some activity on the topic. A new group calling themselves the Kitchener Hen Association has been formed, and they are currently in the planning stages of approaching Kitchener City Council to examine the issue. Exciting! If you'd like to follow the group's progress (or get involved) check out (or join) the Facebook group or the Yahoo Groups mailing list.
Here's what I originally wrote on April 12, 2011:
I love the idea of urban hens. There is nothing I would like better
than to have a small flock of hens merrily existing in my back yard.
It's just another brick in the wall of my plan to turn my back yard into
a little urban farm! (This plan still exists mostly in my head, and is
being implemented extremely slowly, over the course of years. But it is a
But it seems the City of Waterloo
has struck another blow against urban chickens. For the past two years,
the City has been running a "pilot project" of sorts, where certain
registered households are permitted to keep hens under close scrutiny.
After the two years was up (and after lots of study, public
consultation, report-writing and bylaw-drafting) at a recent Council
meeting the matter was voted on, and came down to a tie. It means the
grandfathered hens are still safe, but the motion was defeated. What's
going to happen going forward?? I am a resident of Kitchener (though we
are oh-so-close to Waterloo, with the property line of our back yard
falling right on the city boundary) and while we in K-Town are expressly
prohibited from keeping hens by the letter of the law, I had hoped that
if Waterloo went ahead with allowing urban chickens, Kitchener City
Council would be inspired to follow suit.
There is a blog post HERE
that talks about some of the reasons why the motion might have been
defeated, and touches on the possibility of an underlying fear that
city-dwellers might have against the erosion of the boundaries between
urban and rural existence. It's quite interesting.
course, bylaws are only enforced when there are complaints, and there
are many households in the city of Kitchener with hens! But I'm just not
brave enough to do it...I'm terrified of the idea of having to "get
rid" of the birds once I have them and my neighbours complain. So, I
continue to watch the issue, and fantasize about moving to the darn
country where I can do these things....