Let's make Barrie a sustainable city by allowing backyard hens for the purpose of household egg consumption.
Many major North American cities, including Vancouver, Victoria, New York, Seattle, Chicago and Los Angeles, together with Ontario communities such as Niagara Falls, Brampton 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 and 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.
There were no deputations made at the May 30th City Council meeting. At this meeting, the following motion was passed by all councillors in attendance:
“That the memorandum from G. Allison, Director of Building and By-law Services dated April 4, 2016 regarding the Keeping of Backyard Hens – Community Suggestion as well as the comments and discussion provided at the Community Services Committee meeting held on May 4, 2016 be received for information purposes. (16-G-074) (File: P00).” Agenda-related information: http://bit.ly/1r45gUx
This suggestion’s status has been updated accordingly.
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Hi Shauna. This suggestion was classified as "Received for Information" in June 2016 as the following motion was passed by City Council:
“That the memorandum from G. Allison, Director of Building and By-law Services dated April 4, 2016 regarding the Keeping of Backyard Hens – Community Suggestion as well as the comments and discussion provided at the Community Services Committee meeting held on May 4, 2016 be received for information purposes. (16-G-074) (File: P00).” (Agenda-related information: http://bit.ly/1r45gUx)
In March 2018 the suggestion "Allow Backyard Hens" was added to the forum. It is currently classified as "Gathering Feedback": https://barrie.uservoice.com/forums/225715-make-a-suggestion/suggestions/33638851-allow-backyard-hens
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I’d like to see an update on this topic. I’m very supportive of allowing backyard hens in Barrie.
Can this topic be reopened? We'd like to see the City allow Backyard Hens. Toronto & Other Major Cities are doing this. Even the Government of Canada has recently released information to help those that are keeping backyard hens. UrbanAg is on the rise in progressive cities. Lets make Barrie progressive.
I would do the same, but my wife won't let me!
Trevor Ne. commented
I already have hens...no pathetic bylaw will stop me from being normal or some biased politician...they are so well taken care of people dont even know. Afterall who can tell me that i cant till the ground in which i was born...noise is a problem? How can anyone hear my chickens over that harley davidson screaming by...bunch of joksters
Hi J. To confirm: all those who voted or commented on this suggestion would've received email notifications for each status update. There were 10 status updates posted; they are archived for review within this suggestion (by clicking "Show previous admin responses").
For those who are still wondering about this, I recently learned that a meeting had been planned to discuss backyard chickens but no one was told about the meeting and obviously didn't show, so the discussion was dropped. I also heard that one reason they didn't want chickens was noise. As if cooing is comparable to a barking dog? It's really too bad this happened and there couldn't have been a real conversation about it. I'm surprised since Barrie is surrounded by farming communities.
Sharon Doran commented
I agree. Backyard hens are now allowed in several Ontario cities to allow families the ability to enjoy farm fresh eggs daily. Would love to see Barrie follow suit.
When I moved to Barrie I was surprised to hear you couldn't have hens when I'm sure Toronto allows their res to have them.
All these big words by the city have me scratching my head. .. am I to understand the city has actually listened and voted in favour of this?
April Schrader commented
Another great benefit to having chickens is that they eat pests like ticks.
Crissy Good commented
Most definitely in favor I think it is a excellent idea for educational purposes for children and also for keeping waste at a minimum
We should be allowed to have chickens. It is part of sustainable living which I am in favour of.
I'd rather have chickens next door than someones dog barking all day like I do now! Hopefully it won't get out of hand and people who do get them won't get them thinking it is cute and that their children will care for them. They are work and cost more to care for than a dozen eggs a week.
I like and support this initiative! Thank you council!
I am very glad to see this again moving forward. . Licensing would be a must. .. so would adequate property size. . No roosters I would say three to five maximum, obviously secured enclosure ( building code enforced) think about who monitors animal abuse in this city. .. there is no city worker driving around house to house asking to see living conditions for dogs and cats. .. it is up to neighbor's to report animal abuse and neglect same would be true of hens... this is so easy to make work and beyond beneficial to the families involved. .. clearly you would not be permitted to sell the birds or the eggs to anyone. .. purely personal consumption... there are so few reasons not to allow this and so many for. Barrie councillors please let people feed thier families.
There is as well disease, commonly Salmonella which can be fatal to children under 5 and the elderly. They attract coyotes, foxes and a variety of rodents. Have you seen my kitte?
Put it on a ballet and have the city of Barrie vote. But first go and spend the day with someone who lives beside or has chickens and see if you can handle the noise all day every day!
If there is anything I know about the city of Barrie, it is that council does try their best to make the most appropriate decisions. I am certain that it was a lack of information on their part that caused the first response. It seems to me that if enough people make their voices heard, and fully express the pros which clearly out weigh the cons in this matter, that council will listen to reason. I have every confidence in them. I agree that it should be 8 hens max. I have raised them, any more than that and it would be not for an individual family. We have four children so at least six hens would be needed to provide the number of eggs we require. Have faith people! Keep at it. Lets be more involved in how we feed our families
No! I already have neighbour hood dogs, cats, chainsaws, screaming people, bikes, parties and umpteen other "I wanna do whatever the heck I want at any time" events within earshot and sight of my backyard and now you want to add chickens??!? I didn't buy into living in a farming zone!! I do N O T wish chickens as much as you want chickens so yeah, NO!