Hatching A Plan For Urban Chickens
There have been many questions, as well as misconceptions, about Chattanooga allowing chickens in residential areas. I want to make sure all citizens have the facts, so I compiled this list of frequently asked questions. Please contact me if you have questions or comments that aren’t covered here.
Why do we need to legalize urban chickens?
There are many in our community who wish to know the comforts of eating fresh eggs, controlling their own food supply, and having new pets in their family. Chickens are known to be a welcome addition to many residential areas around the United States, whether they be in rural, suburban, or urban areas. Many cities are embracing this movement, all with certain restrictions and safeguards that protect their communities from the uncertainties of a new public policy.
Will the addition of chickens make my neighborhood louder?
Hens are generally very quiet. For the few moments after an egg is laid, they may reach a decibel level similar to a quiet human conversation or a standard electric razor. Both a barking dog or moderate street traffic are much louder.
Will the chickens or their waste have a strong odor?
An average dog will produce 12 oz of waste per day. An average hen will produce just 1.5 oz per day. That means that it would take eight hens to equal the amount of waste produced by just one dog.