Urban Chicken Wrangling
There has been a resurgence lately in urban farming and chicken raising. With that, we frequently hear of people running "a fowl" of city codes. Some cities, like New York (never thought I'd have anything good to say about NYC) have a long history of allowing chickens, and of people raising them, even in tenements and row houses. Other cities treat an urban chicken coop not much better than a meth lab.
This article from a nearby city shows the lengths some cities go to to restrict urban homesteading. Keep in mind that up until the mid-50's much of Newport News was still a rural, unincorporated county. There are still a couple of small farms, but most of the city is residential or industrial. According to this article, chickens are only allowed if the chicken area is 175 feet from a neighbor's house. That is almost impossible in most residential areas.
The article says that many cities have a three chicken maximum with no roosters. I have mixed feelings... the libertarian in me says that it shouldn't be regulated as long as you are keeping the chickens in a humane and sanitary manner, and that common sense and being a good neighbor would suggest you don't keep a rooster if it is going to annoy folks. But the realist in me says that we've got to have some regulations. I think if I was running the show, I'd go for some sort of chickens per 1/10th acre ratio and maybe no roosters unless you are on an acre lot.
What do you think?