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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Chicken ban for the birds: Woman pushes for end to Fort Wayne prohibition"

The ILB has a very long list of entries concerning urban chickens, particularly in cities and towns in Indiana, but nothing since July 13, 2014.

That lull ends today with this lengthy March 8th story by Jeff Wiehe on the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:

One Fort Wayne woman is trying to spark a change to city law so residents would be allowed to own and raise chickens at their home, much like other cities – big, small and midsize – have done over the past several years as urban farming has become more popular.

“Chickens are very important to the landscape,” said Michele Berkes-Adams, who in February started an online petition to gather signatures in support of making it legal to raise chickens within Fort Wayne city limits.

Berkes-Adams is not jumping into this as some fly-by-night idea, though.

She’s the founding member of a Food Not Lawns chapter here in Fort Wayne, a group of farming advocates that has attracted between 50 and 100 people to events during the past year and a half.

She has also done her research, looking at what other cities, including Denver, New York City and even Indianapolis, have put into place as far as ordinances when it comes to chickens, she said.

Plus, she owned chickens herself – before she knew they were illegal – until a neighborhood dog got through her fence and ate them.

“I’ve been working on this for a while,” Berkes-Adams said. “I’ve looked at a lot of different cities, and I’ve tried to make it as comprehensive as possible.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 12, 2015 12:33 PM
Posted to Indiana Government