A.M. Briefing: A clucking controversy
Three is barely an omelet.
Some Coeur d’Alene residents are upset at the city’s recently adopted
animal ordinance that caps the number of chickens city-dwellers are
allowed to own.
The new cap allows three cluckers per city abode, and was adopted
several weeks ago as part of several updates and changes the city made
to a number of its animal ordinances.
The old ordinance allowed an unlimited amount of chickens at city
homes before the City Council pared it down. They wanted to allow
chickens, as more and more people are raising them as a healthier,
more economically friendly way to provide food, but wanted to put a
max on the number one could own.
Now some chicken-friendly humans want the issue revisited, seeking more cluck for the buck.
“Three chickens is kind of a why-bother?’” said Sherry Bullard, who
lives on Indiana Avenue in Coeur d’Alene who grew up with chickens and
is thinking of raising her own again. “Personally, I think 12 is a
good number to have as a maximum.”
Bullard and several of her pro-chicken neighbors plan to make their
pitch to the city’s General Services Committee at noon Monday in the
Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library to see if the city
will open the topic back up.