One of the arguments against allowing backyard hens is that chickens kept within city limits will cause a reduction in property values.
This simply isn't so. Many cities across the nation already allow backyard hens. Real estate statistics show that property values in these cities have gained over the years. (It has only been since the current mortgage crisis that value have begun to decline and this has occurred whether a city allows chickens or not.)
In Corvallis, there is no limit to the number of hens you can keep in your backyard, yet the average sale price there is $230,436 compared to $211,963 in Salem. In Portland, chickens have been allowed since the 1960s and it remains a popular and expensive place to live. The average sale price there is 317,323 compared to $211,963 in Salem.
Last summer when the City of Fort Collins, Colorado looked into legalizing city chickens, it consulted Jane Leo with the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors. Ms. Leo indicated that to her knowledge, city chickens have not affected property values in Portland.
Homes in Portland and Corvallis, where backyard hens are permitted, have maintained a higher average estimated value and sale price than homes in Salem. Homes in Portland and Corvallis also sell slightly faster than homes in Salem.
It is obvious that having a few backyard hens does not drop property values.
For more detailed information please go to:
salemchickens.com and see the research packet available there.
The Urban Hen Movement started in the Pacific Northwest and has steadily spread it wings. It is only fitting that Salem join in allowing a few backyard hens with other cities like Portland, Olympia, Seattle, Corvallis, Eugene and Lake Oswego. It works in these communities and it can work in Salem too.