Allow Backyard Hens
Let's make Barrie a sustainable city by allowing backyard hens for the purpose of household egg consumption.
Many major North American cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, New York, Seattle, Chicago and Los Angeles, together with Ontario communities such as Niagara Falls, Brampton, Newmarket,
and Guelph, allow the small-scale raising of hens. Now it's Barrie's turn to join this positive and growing trend.
Hens have existed in cities since the dawn of time an
d continue to thrive in communities around the world to this day. The benefits of raising them include:
Fresh, healthy and delicious home-grown eggs, free of pesticides and antibiotics;
Reduced municipal solid waste as hens consume table scraps and other organic waste;
Reduced backyard pest populations as hens consume weeds and bugs;
Opportunities to teach children about food sources and responsible animal care; and
The addition of great "poultry pets" to families -- hens are people-friendly, nonaggressive and always entertaining to watch.
At last night’s City Council meeting, Council voted to approve the referral of the March 30 “Keeping of Backyard Hens” memo ( https://bit.ly/2XZJF4c ) to staff to prepare a report concerning the Keeping of Backyard Hens, including a review of the program in Orillia, and report back to General Committee: https://youtu.be/g6zhV-dXu58?t=1500
Once the matter is on a General Committee agenda, we’ll post an update on this forum.
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julie morin commented
Any new updates yet??? Does it really take a year for something to get on the council’s agenda? Would love to be able to have the chance to keep a few hens for fresh eggs.
Joshua Sh commented
This should be a pretty easy exercise? You an always make updates as it goes? Just limit it to 3-5 hens and no roosters.. with minim backyard size... ?
[Deleted User] commented
I will be extremely happy if we can keep a few hens in our backyard! Please, my children will be so excited to raise them and to collect fresh eggs without antibiotics!!!
Brandon Heckhaus commented
Having backyard chickens in NO way compares to eating rotting animals in deplorable conditions. Wow my eyes hurt from that eye roll.
Andrew Cowan commented
Lessons should be learned from our current pandemic humans living to close to animals in city environments is never a wise choice a farm is a farm and a city backyard is not !!
Can I please have backyard chickens? What a great addition to my growing vegetable garden. Plus chickens eat insect pests....which means less pesticide use.
Any progress? Hurry up please! This is obviously the right thing to do. Dont let short sightedness get in the way. We NEED to be more sustainable!
I don't have high hopes. Barrie is run by authoritarian fogies who want an iron fist on what their residents can or cannot do. I would not be surprised if Barrie is the last municipality to approve backyard hens.
Any progress on this
I've started to build my coop. Hurry up.
Has there been any progress on this yet. We would love to have some hens this summer!
Diane Dorion commented
Allow people to have a few backyard hens. It would give our youth further insight into how food is developed and grown, than in turn this will teach them about proper nutrition. Instead of eating processed foods that are no good for them.
We have a population that is overweight and has numerous health conditions, due to poor nutritional habits and lack of availability of nutritional foods during this time of Covid-19.
I vote to have Backyard flocks in residential zoned areas.( 3-5 hens) is manageable and sustainable for any family or single person.
Melissa Boyko commented
This would be amazing if done properly with animal welfare laws taken largely into consideration at a minimum (as they are poor). This could also help end local warehouse style egg producers. A license to keep chickens should be a must, and it should come with a plethora of educational material including winterizing and insulating for Barrie temperatures, proper housing, cleanliness, overcrowding etc, to be approved before the license to own the animals is granted. Anything less would be irresponsible.
Did anyone catch what happened regarding this?
Please allow citizens to do what they can to provide a nutritious source of protein for their families in this sustainable, environmentaly friendly manner. There are so many positive effects of allowing people who have the space to keep a few hens. Along with gardening, these initiatives reduce stress on the supply chain, provide nutrition and allow people to do what they can in times of need. There is no better time than now to encourage this type of initiative!
Dustin Cutt commented
I am very glad a Councillor is bringing the issue up. I few hens make for sustainable, productive, entertaining backyard guests. Reducing pests including ticks, caterpillars and veggie garden pests. We can also use them to reduce our dependence on the landfill, chickens eat almost all kitchen scraps. Thanks for pressing the issue and lets hope it goes through. A great YouTube video on the benefits of hens. https://youtu.be/m2pUU1u9g7E
I hope barrie follows suit with other municipalities and allows people to have a few hens.
Well I knew they would drag their heels again. Great timing too when supply chains are about to get very slim. Thanks for nothing Barrie.
Well, the City's report came out on March 30, and none of the three municipalities they reached out to, including Toronto and Kitchener, had any major issues at all, and their feedback was very positive. So, when's the Barrie City Council vote? We have a place ready in our side yard for our four new chickens!