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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.

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    Sharon shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Interest has been demonstrated and this suggestion is now classified as “Gathering Feedback”. Please note another suggestion for “Backyard Hens” was previously (2016) classified as “Received for Information” after being considered by the Community Services Committee. For information please refer to the admin responses within that suggestion: http://bit.ly/1RZSRdq

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      • robb meier commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Long overdue for the residents of Barrie. This is an easy step towards food security for people of low income. Let's see this happen!

      • Ashley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can we please pass this I really would love to have fresh eggs daily

      • brian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would love to have the freedom to keep chickens! Can't be any worst than dogs pooping everywhere and cats roaming around killing things.

      • Peter Bursztyn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Our daughter, while living in Utah, had between 5-7 hens over a 3 year period. Her flock consisted of "pensioned-off" farm hens and "strays" brought to her by friends & neighbours. They did indeed eat her kitchen scraps, rapidly converting them into fertilizer. They did not smell nor make very much noise. As a bonus, each hen laid distinctive shape/colour eggs and found fun places to hide them . . .

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Unfortunately I would NOT be in favor, unless the city of Barrie gets better at their current DOG CONTROL...yes there is a leash by law, do people LISTEN, NO...I have been attacked with my wee dog FIVE TIMES now, I have made complaints and STILL these people don’t listen...what about the stoop n scoop, I can name four people on my street who do nothing, **** and walk away, and one of those people is a senior gentleman...so no, more animals to cause issues when the city can’t even do anything with dogs AND cats already...and we all know there’s always the lazy ignorant few who will do what they want regardless of what the city rules say

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think it's a great idea. With proper guidelines, there is no reason why this could not be successful.

      • Anon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Interestingly City of Orillia started a 2-year pilot project in June 2017 "in response to requests by residents and in the interest of encouraging local food production". The details of their project is well laid out as well as all the parameters for keeping of backyard hens (e.g. properties must be 500 sq m or greater, the coop must be specific distances from house and property lines, hens must be in their coop from 9pm to 6am, max 4 hens, etc). Take a look at this site if interested. City of Barrie could follow-suit with Orillia's pilot project.

        https://www.orillia.ca/en/city-hall/backyard-hens.aspx

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a bad idea, if my neighbors start raising chicken I move out of Barrie.

      • Anon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I supported this last time (back in 2016) and from what I recall I only received notification the same day (a few hours, in fact) that CIty Hall was having the meeting to discuss it. So long as there are parameters on the home that applies for backyard hens (e.g. limit number of chickens, coop must be a certain distance from neighbour, yard must be certain size) then I don't see how it will be any different than someone having a number of dogs or cats! In my experience living in another city that allows backyard hens, they do not smell and they are not noisy - they are no more noisy than a dog that barks everytime someone passes their house! Let's bring backyard hens to Barrie!

      • Lindsay commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am all for this. I would hope the City of Barrie can re-open this discussion. I understand there are concerns however there can still be rules and regulations around the ownership of backyard hens. Is there somewhere citizens can go to ensure they are kept up to date on the status of this discussion? It would be of interest to know the next steps after the “gathering feedback” phase.

      • Joe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        City council is a joke......they did/do not take this suggestion seriously.
        It was laughed at the last time it was brought up which has severely diminished my faith in them.
        I am still completely on board for backyard chickens.....not likely here though.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A further benefit is that there would be fewer chickens subjected to cruel lives in unbelievable cramped cages. I buy free range or free run eggs, but if I had a backyard, I'd go for chickens. I hate cruelty to animals.

      • Rob Hodgson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The smells from chicken farms is revolting and should be allowed within city limits. Buy your eggs from a farmer and help his business to grow.

      • P commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great idea. Would be a wonderful family project and also provide FRESH eggs every day.

      • E. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There was significant response the last time this was suggested. From all sources, residents were not notified of the meeting to discuss. Can this not be brought up to council with an effective presentation to debunk myths and discuss the positive reasons for Backyard Hens. Barrie could be putting itself on the map in keeping up with progressive cities. Lets do this.

      • Kate commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great initiative!!!

        Chickens are not noisy (roosters are but they aren't required for eggs) and chickens do not smell (sure a barn of 10000 will but not a few in a backyard).

        Dogs produce more waste and noise that a few backyard hens do!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why did not someone think of this before. I can't wait to see this pass through council. This is a marvellous thing to teach our children and to introduce them to the world of nature.

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