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Urban Chickens – Gains are Modest, But Steady

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Touch the Soil News #328 The Vancouver, Canada metropolitan area is home to 2.5 million people. The various cities that make up the metropolitan area have been steadily busy with approving creating guidelines for urban chickens. At present, Vancouver proper allows a maximum of four (4) hens (no roosters) that are at least four months old. The eggs, meat and manure from these chickens cannot be used for commercial purposes. The city requires folks to register with the city before hosting backyard chickens. In 2010, when the city first passed the ordinance to allow chickens in the city, 13 people stepped forward to register hens. Today, around 220 people have…

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Urban Farm Animals – Another City Tackles the Issue

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Touch the Soil News #297 On the edge of the Denver metro (3 million people) is the small town of Edgewater. Edgewater recently passed an ordinance that allows up to six regulated animals for folks living in detached homes. These regulated animals include: Chickens Ducks Rabbits Miniature goats One beehive After decades of cities passing ordinances to exclude farm animals, the trend is reversing for new ordinnces that allow farm animals in the city. Licensing and compliance will be required for all regulated animals and the slaughter of animals for food is prohibited. Come to find out, not everyone was happy. The Denver Post reported on the reactions of folks…

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