Readers sound off on backyard chickens
September 27, 2012 12:34 AM | 1835 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a selection of the responses from readers of in reaction to recent MDJ stories. Backyard chicken group gets another commissioner’s support …

Animal discrimination— I hope they do change the ordinance. It is ridiculous that people can have a yard full of dogs or cats but not chickens. Just like anything else, the conscientiousness’ of the owner is what determines the nuisance level.

Anonymous — I absolutely think we should be able to have chickens in Cobb!

Allen Rodi — I expect that the more people understand how much of an ecological friend these fine-feathered beasts are they will want more of them. The eggs bring people together as neighbors taste the higher level of food quality. This has been the case in my community. The waste can produce an odor when composting, but the quality and benefit to gardening is significant. Raising chickens also gives a healthy sense of social responsibility and increases our practice of recapturing a producer economy on an intimate neighbor level.

Kristin Picken — I am excited about this development. Many young families would like to have a few chickens as pets and for the fresh eggs.

There goes the hood — I would NEVER buy a home in a subdivision which had chickens, as I am sure the majority of people who consider their homes an investment agree. Keep the chickens on the farms and large lots where they belong. Don’t devalue all the homes in a neighborhood by thousands of dollars so one owner can save a few bucks. In effect you are stealing from your neighbors. If you need a pet get a dog.

Lisa Oden — As a Realtor, I would not hesitate to show or even purchase a property next to chickens. I’m FAR more concerned with loose dogs roaming neighborhoods (and I AM a dog person). I’m tired of being chased by little barking, biting dogs and big, aggressive dogs when I run. The claim that chickens lower property value is without merit.

De Peaslee — I would much rather live next door to a home that has six hens than 1 dog, that can, and often do, bark non-stop for an hour or more at a time every day, over a few hens than barely make a sound, unless its announcing a layed egg.

False on Realtors — As a Realtor I must disagree. I would avoid bringing a client to a home near chickens unless the buyer specifically asks for it (which has never happened). First impressions are most important and a chicken coop as a next door neighbor is an immediate turn off especially people moving here from other big cities.

Cobb, Marietta SAT scores down for 2012 …

Private schooler — In other words, take the four East Cobb schools out and this county’s average SAT average is below the national and probably state average. Heck, take Walton alone out and the county’s SAT average probably drops about 25 points. And people wonder why I choose to send my kids to private school?

Cobb Teacher — IF you are involved in your child’s education your child would do well even if you sent them to the worst public school in the nation. It’s not the “school” or the “teacher” it’s mostly the student and the family.

@private schooler — Yep to keep your perfect lilly white kids away from the unwashed, those terrible minority’s and gasp, kids whose parents aren’t perfect like you. I’m sooooo glad your kids do not attend public schools, I would not want my daughters around your perfect children they might not understand the white sheets and pointy hats. Crawl back into your bigot world and stay there.
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Jessie : Improved
September 29, 2012
Seems to me like the only reason backyard chickens would lower property values is from closed-minded real estate agents that refuse to show nearby houses. I'd be surprised if some of these realtors had even seen backyard chickens - and no seeing chickens on a bona fide farm doesn't count - I'm talking about PETS.
October 26, 2012
Roosters can be unwelcome. Personally I prefer their morning wakeup call to that of a barking dog or a car horn!!!

One compelling reason for keeping your own chickens is that their life will be better and you need not feel the guilt of knowing your food comes from cruelty.

Also, eggs from backyard chickens are different from those bought at the store. The fresh yolks are tastier and colored bright orange (There is scientific evidence that free-range eggs contain higher amounts of folic acid and Vitamin B12 and Vitamin A than battery eggs), thanks to the hens' access to greens.

They need to change the ordinance!!!
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