A Grand ol' Night For Urban Chickens in Salem, Oregon... Come See What all the Cluck's About...

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Integrity Oregon 200808151

By now, most of my Active Rain friends know I'm all about green and all about sustainability and of course, all about the Urban Chicken Movement.  If you don't get "Why chickens?"...come see the movie and find out more. What is very interesting about this whole thing is that one of the darkest villians in the above film, has had a change of heart. Where before he couldn't wrap his brain around the urban chicken movement, he decided to be a big man and watch the film. So now, Mr. Chuck Bennett will actually be at the above event this Friday evening to talk about chickens or anything else you would like to talk about.

Here's the latest blurb about this event. We hope to see you there. I'll be there to support C.I.T.Y. - Chickens In The Yard. Come say hello! It's a great Friday-Family-Fun-Friendly activity that won't break the bank.

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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Wow - this is very interesting.  Will the movie be available in other states.  What is the message of this movie.  I wish it was closer.. I'd be there for sure.

Apr 08, 2010 03:21 PM #1
Nannette Martin
RE/MAX Integrity - Salem, OR
Your Purple Shoes Real Estate Pro at RE/MAX

Hi Joan,

This movie is available through DVD for $12 at www.Chicken-Revolution.com

Basically, there is a lot of interest in having a few hens for backyard pets and the benefits they provide as an extension of gardening and a more sustainable lifestyle. Portland, Oregon has allowed chickens since the 1960s. Other communities of all sorts allow chickens...but not Salem, Oregon - our state capital.

Basically, Barbara Palermo got some chickens after finding the local ordinances vague about it. After a mean neigbor was working on his roof and saw her little coop, he turned her in. He never heard or smelled the chickens, he just saw them.

Barbara then began a campaign and started C.I.T.Y.  - Chickens In The Yard to start working with the city to allow Salem residents to enjoy the same freedoms other Oregon cities, and cities across the country, including New York City, and Seattle allow their residents.

Barbara began making a film and the result is the above documentary, which I was very happy to help with and be a part of. It was great fun!

Having backyard hens is a wonderful thing. Chickens will eat all your kitchen scraps and turn them into delicious fresh eggs and they produce a small amount of manure for composting and garden spots.

We aren't talking about roosters... and we are talking about limited hens kept in sanitary conditions. We are finally making headway in our town. Hopefully soon they will be legal! Thanks for you comments.

Viva la Urban Chicken Revolution! :-)

Apr 08, 2010 03:34 PM #2
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Missed this post until it was too late.  I was just outside and hear that one of our neighbors has got chickens.  (We're outside the city limits.)  We'll see if I like the idea this summer when I hear the roosters crowing!

Apr 11, 2010 02:06 PM #3
Nannette Martin
RE/MAX Integrity - Salem, OR
Your Purple Shoes Real Estate Pro at RE/MAX

No one wants roosters in the city... They will not be permitted under the proposed rules. They can be noisy for sure. But hens are a different story.

Keep me posted on the chickens in your neighborhood. Hopefully they won't be having roosters. Whne you buy the chicks at the feedstore, they have been sexed. Mistakes are made, though. Last time I had eight chicks, one was a barred rock that my son named Pearl.... We had a slumber party and the kids heard crowing in the house... The chicks were growing but not big enough to be outside. The second I found out Pearl was really a Merle, off he went to a farm. :-) (Craig's List is great!)

Hopefully, you won't have a problem with a rooster...But being in the county, they are allowed of course. Just pray your neighbors don't get a peacock. Those make a rooster seem great!:-)

Apr 14, 2010 06:56 AM #4
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

I live in the country, and have my own chickens, including roosters, (horses too!) and I am very happy to hear that "city folk" can have chickens.  Fresh, chemical & hormone free eggs are so much better!  I know Keizer, Oregon is now allowing city dwellers to have a few chickens.  Maybe cows will be allowed next for fresh milk!

Jun 11, 2010 11:27 AM #5
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Nannette, there was recently a thing on the news here about a family getting busted for trying to grown chickens in their Capitol Hill back yard - and that's about as urban as it gets around here.  Now people are actually thinking about it!  I'd love the fresh eggs!

Jul 20, 2010 11:42 AM #6
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