I've heard a little bit about this before, but some folks in the city are attempting to legalize keeping chickens in the yard. Right now it's illegal, but councilmember Tommy Wells is proposing a bill to allow it.
However, you can't just go out and buy a farm: roosters would be illegal because they're noisy, you'd have to get 80% of households within 100 feet to agree to let you have them, and if one neighbor objects, no dice. In addition, the chickens must be in enclosures and those must be kept clean.
The DC Food For All blog has a personal story about people with chickens in Capitol Hill, which they enjoy and say aren't noisy and don't smell.
What do you think? Nice extension to urban farming, or terrible nuisance?
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