Flyers around town are directing people to: www.bellecitychickens.org, which lays out the case for allowing city residents to raise up to four chickens. The site states:
Belle City Chickens is a group of like-minded, pro-poultry people (also known as the "poultry underground"). Our aim is to educate the urban population on the benefits of raising ones own food, and to bring to light the misconceptions people might have about the raising of poultry in an urban setting.Benefits for backyard chickens include:
* Source of fresh eggs
* Fertilizer for the garden
* Inexpensive, easy pets
* Promotes self-sufficient communities
Alderman Greg Helding and local resident Amanda DeSonia, who sits on the city's Parks and Rec Board, are behind the push to legalize chickens in Racine. No word on when an ordinance will come out, but the idea has been in the works for months.
Any proposal is likely to limit residents to four hens, female chickens, per yard. Roosters, male chickens, would be illegal. Hens would have to be kept in coops and would not be allowed to run free.
For more info, check out www.bellecitychickens.org