Happened to be up at 5:10 a.m. here in Roslindale and heard a rooster crowing from somewhere in the direction of Washington, Beech and Walworth. Guess I better get going on that back 40.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette clucks that neighborhood zoning would trump a proposed citywide ordinance revamp to promote urban agriculture, and neighborhood zoning in JP and Roslindale, under which backyard chickens are not allowed to come home to roost, would trump that.
In 2011, the Zoning Board of Appeals ordered a Roslindale resident to roust her chickens, although other people continue to keep... Read more
The Jamaica Plain Gazette interviews the owner of four chickens ripped to shreds by some sort of canine last month. No names, since live chickens are illegal in Boston (they'd named one of the chickens Dr. Richard Kimball).
As part of its reporting, the Gazette talked to an area chicken expert, who said determined predators can break it or even squeeze through... Read more
Galen Moore of Jamaica Plain reports this is the print of an animal that killed and ate his neighbor's chickens. Yes, plural and, yes, Jamaica Plain. He wonders if anybody can tell what sort of animal did the fowl deed.... Read more
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports city officials have started looking at changing a section of the city zoning code that prohibits backyard chickens and offers an exclusive interview with one of JP's bootleg chicken ranchers, who only talked on the condition she be identified by a pseudonym.
Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition is holding a potluck dinner on Thursday at which to discuss urban agriculture, under a title that would be sure to get Zoning Board of Appeals members and ISD inspectors clucking: Backyard Chickens and Urban Agriculture:
Come hear from local chicken expert about keeping chickens. Hear stories of urban ag in JP, and share your own adventures.
Last July,... Read more
The Zoning Board of Appeals today denied a Roslindale resident's request to keep hens in her Firth Road backyard because city zoning codes expressly forbid poultry in Roslindale and Jamaica Plain - but nowhere else in the city.
City Councilor Rob Consalvo (Hyde Park, Roslindale), vowed to work with Audra Karp to change the regulations that now prohibit chickens in the two neighborhoods - they... Read more
Parrots Parakeets in East Boston, emus in Waltham and now this, the latest proof greater Boston is for the birds: One of our eagle-eyed correspondents reports spotting a chicken wandering Walworth Street in Roslindale this morning, near Cornell Street. She adds:
There was another chicken in the yard directly in front. I guess people are getting their own eggs these days!
Or... Read more
The owners of three Cayuga ducks and two Wyandotte chickens are blogging to keep Cambridge from banning their pets.
Seems the People's Republic currently doesn't regulate domestic fowl, but apparently some neighbors of an eight-person co-op house on Putnam Street are clucking about odors, noise, rats and, of course, the specter of deadly flu strains.
Save the Ducks says that's just daffy: The... Read more
BellyGlad reports on a talk about raising urban chickens, says there are lots of live chickens living in Cambridgeport, while Somerville bans chicken raising. Also:
Shredded junk mail makes great chicken litter.