Up for Debate: Urban chicken legislation rises again

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:10pm

Would permits to legally house chickens in Nashville’s Urban Services District lead to renewable food sources, or public health and sanitation concerns? 

Filed under: City Voices
Tagged: Up for Debate

111 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 10/27/11 at 4:33

5:21PM entry - From a thing that can't post a fact based, coherent comment accusing everyone else of needing a brain!

By: Captain Nemo on 10/27/11 at 6:04

Shut up yogi.

By: yogiman on 10/27/11 at 6:20

You've obviously proven me to be right, bfra. Make you feel better? Good! Now improve that pea in your skull... the one between the ears. You don't seem to be able to use the one behind your eyes because you can't seem to see beyond your nose.

By: Jennifer Gentry on 10/27/11 at 6:55

I think its great! I hope its passes.

By: Eastside Girl on 10/27/11 at 8:43

I heartily support the urban chicken movement; responsibly housed hens pose no more threat to public health than common pets and provide an affordable source of high quality protein to their owners and friends. Prohibiting such small quiet animals is silly! (And for those who may not have realized; you DON'T need a rooster to get eggs; only to get chicks.)

By: shef2 on 10/27/11 at 9:32

This is supposed to be about Chickens-!
I'd like two, please....

By: yogiman on 10/27/11 at 10:37

There's two negative points on this issue. Having to buy a permit (license) to have them, the "guvmunt" telling you where you can keep them and telling you you can only use the eggs they produce (you can't kill them and use them for meat). That means the "guvmunt" is telling you; 'gimme some money so I can tell you what I want you to do.'

How many hens are you going to be allowed with at $25.00 'sticker'? Let's say you use 25 dozens eggs per year. That means your eggs are costing a dollar more per dozen plus price of their food, the cost of their housing and the time you must put into the effort.

Better yet, just move into the country.

By: LoveItNashville on 10/28/11 at 2:43

Urban hens are great! Go chickens!

By: rsomers on 10/30/11 at 8:13


lots of jesting going on but as an art teacher in metro, why not let the children see a real chicken living a nice little chicken life in someones back yard. Maybe a jpet, and maybe dinner, but still, a chicken is nothing to be afraid of. Embrace the chickens!

By: rsomers on 10/30/11 at 8:21

and let us ask ourselves, "WWCD" What Would Chickens Do?

By: makehenslegal on 10/30/11 at 1:22

Many complaints seem to be stemming from people with previous negative experiences living next to chickens - this bill addresses the issues. Examples:

1. No roosters (not required for eggs, FYI).
2. No breeding (no roosters, no breeding)
3. No slaughtering
4. Restricts the number of birds (six hens are quieter than one dog)
5. Restricts proximity to other properties
6. Addresses odor complaints
7. Addresses concerns about roaming birds

NO ONE wants to live next to a poorly-kept property, whether that's a home over-run garbage, weeds, dogs, or chickens. If anything, this bill sets out a list of reasonable limits for poultry keeping, and establishes a small revenue stream via the permits. Allowing regulated, urban chickens is actually an extremely progressive decision, not a step backward for our city.

Please support this bill!