Another way of looking at a chicken

...as a nuisance. That's what's happening to Patrick and Holly over at Hen Waller, whose neighbors have launched an anonymous campaign against their three chickens. Yes, in an urban neighborhood where car alarms probably go off regularly and loud motorcycles cruise by legally, some clucking is really a huge disturbance. Holly has a great post from last week about the demise of community, and how unwilling people are to accommodate others.

The stubborn confrontation-lover in me doesn't think they should have to move — OR get rid of the chickens — but I also can imagine it's no fun to feel like your neighbors hate you and refer to you as "those people." As hard as it might be, I agree with the reader who suggested they launch a hearts-and-minds campaign with eggs, chicken-education flyers, maybe even an open house: "Meet the Chickens!"

Because Holly's right: "People should get used to integrating chickens and other productive activities into our urban landscape." I for one hope that doing so will someday spell the demise of factory farms.

4 Responsesto “Another way of looking at a chicken”

  1. Omniwhore says:

    Thanks for posting this DQ! I've been checking in with "the girls" on the Hen Waller blog and it makes me so sad. I wish there was something we could do to help!

    It reminds me of some cities who focus on removing graffiti art -- in areas where there are huge-ass billboards and golden arches and other landscape eyesores. Or lawns where every single blade of grass looks the same.

    Maybe we could start a commune!

  2. Man of La Muncha says:

    I'm annoyed that the neighbors are acting anonymously, which is such a hostile thing to do. (Part of my annoyance at the situation is due to some shouting on my street yesterday between two neighbors--at least they were identifying each other. Motorcyclists and weed-whackers at dawn.)

    Anyway, I--wait. Hen Waller is in Portland? For some reason, I thought they were in Oakland. Portland has a problem with chickens? Grrrr! I lived in Portland for 11 years and that makes me hoppin' mad. It also makes me glad that Seattle seems less uptight about chickens, though that perception is based on just a few neighborhoods. (On a side note, we looked at a house 18 months ago that had a chicken coop underneath and thought it was odd. Now, I want that house.) I wouldn't put it past smoe of the Seattleites to start squawking about chickens.

  3. Corn Maven says:

    One of my neighbors has chickens, or so I've heard, and he definitely has a rooster which I HAVE heard... often. Once I got over the novelty, I started to enjoy having a bit of farm in the city. And now I wish there was more of it.

    We definitely have the wild in the city. We are constantly visited by raccoons... a week or so ago we discovered mama with four toddlers, trying to escape over our fence by climbing the apple tree. A few days ago, I saw a 'possum waddling outside when I went to close one of our windows for the night--which we HAVE to do for obvious reasons. And then on Saturday night I got spooked by a skunk (but fortunately not sprayed) when I went to call the cats in for a late night dinner.

  4. Man of La Muncha says:

    The Bay Area has a lot of wildlife in the cities. When the Butter Bitch and I lived down there, we had several encounters with raccoons and skunks, and a couple of deer, all within city limits.