Illegal Chickens

One of the reasons Sharon and I are leaving Calgary is due to the inability to grow our own food.

When we had purchased our first house together, we put a lot of effort choosing one that would allow us to grow a certain amount of our own food. After moving in we began the redesign of the backyard. The landscaping focused on two objectives: high intensity gardening, and a parking pad. The parking pad was a necessity due to living on a cul-de-sac, but we always had our eye on putting a driveway out front of the north facing house.

The reason we wanted move the cars eventually, was to turn the space into a paddoc for goats. We didn’t know much about goats, but they seemed like a good animal to keep us in milk and that would not eat us out of house and home. When we finished the driveway, I began looking into two things: what is the right animal for an urban setting, and what is the legality of those animals?

Goats

Not the right animal. Chickens or rabbits would be a better choice (but given we have a pet rabbit…)

Legality

It’s not.

Calgary is a place where the Government really likes to govern. It’s really a city of busybody neighbours, backed by a busybody government. Everyone is so concerned about the resale value of their home, that they ignore the living value of their home.

The City of Calgary has banned any animal of an agricultural nature. This has come to include miniature goats and pot belly pigs (two obviously “pet” breeds). They explicitly mention rabbits and chickens in the by-law.

This wasn’t the first time I was annoyed with the City, but that settled it, it was time to leave and find somewhere where people will let you live your life as you see fit.

CLUCK

Well after we had decided to leave Calgary for Nova Scotia, we first heard of Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub (CLUCK).

CLUCK wants changes to the city bylaw to allow people to keep six hens or fewer on their property.
CLUCK

I wish CLUCK all the best and am glad that someone is fighting the city on this matter. The only thing that bugs me is that they have to come up with silly reasons why they should be allowed chickens. At the end of the day, if my neighbor wants to keep an obnoxious dog, I leave it be, if I want to keep a chicken or two… remember the bit about busy body neighbors?

Glad to hear CLUCK is making headway

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