The Urban Chicken Movement has come to Salem, Oregon! The media has covered it since February when the local group C.I.T.Y. - Chickens In The Yard presented six months of research and documentation on the benefits of a few hens in the backyard of residents who choose to have them to the Mayor and city council.
C.I.T.Y. continues to gain strength and number through their website: www.salemchickens.com, and their Salem Chickens Yahoo group and C.I.T.Y. FaceBook The group has been doing public outreach at the Salem Public Library, and other venues with an educational display that outlines the benefits and myths of backyard hens.
Most people can see the benefits a few hens can provide and are surprised that Salem isn't part of the Urban Chicken Movement that started in the Northwest and has spread like wildfire across the nation. New York City allows urban chickens! Portland has allowed them since 1964! Eugene, Corvallis, and Lake Oswego also allow residents to have backyard hens. Why not Salem???
Finally, on Monday, May 11th, the issue will be put on the agenda. C.I.T.Y. and its supporters hope that the issue will move forward quickly as it has done in other places who have used the group's research.
Backyard hens eat weeds, grass clippings, bugs and slugs and turn them into fresh eggs and excellent fertilizer for gardening.
If you support C.I.T.Y. come show your support at the city hall on Monday, May 11th at 6:30.