Oh, Wow, It’s Serious

I wanted to take a minute to point everyone to this pretty amusing documentary about chicken problems in Missoula. I find it funny for a few reasons. Highest up there is, well, chickens… They’re sort of like bananas, just inherently funny. Also good, how serious everyone is about it. For some people it seems like the possibility of a chicken in the city is about the same as a nuclear plant or a dump. The best part, for me, though, is that the bill is called the Urban Chicken Ordinance, and that people keep talking about how it will ruin city life, all the while ignoring the fact that they live in Missoula, Montana. Don’t get me wrong, I have family there and I love a rural setting, but they need to visit New York or something. Missoula is not urban. Or a city. I’m frankly shocked they don’t already have farm animals.

It is a serious issue though, and I tend to come down on the side of the chickens (and their owners). I think, of course, it should be regulated somewhat. Their no roosters rule sounds good. That being the case, I think people should not only be able but be encouraged to be more self-sufficient. The time is coming when food will have to come from closer to home. A chicken in every back yard and a egg on every plate seems like as good a place to start as any.

Three quick points before I let this go:

  • I also am pro-chicken because I want to have chicken(s) eventually, so, you know, legal precedent.
  • Can they really be messier or noisier then dogs? Maybe the anti-chicken people wold oppose them too.
  • New York chickens! I can’t wait. (Actually, I saw a rooster in Harlem once. I wish I could say there’s a long story there, but that is it. Just saw a rooster, hanging out in Harlem.)
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6 Responses to “Oh, Wow, It’s Serious”

  1. Connie Says:

    This whole chicken thing with you started about 18 years ago on a farm in Missouri… And yes, they can be noisier and messier than dogs. And they cannot be tamed or taught anything. The only thing worse than a chicken is a goose. And the only thing worse than a goose is two geese who run away from home. I still can’t talk about it.

  2. Momma Says:

    Well…chickens can be eaten. And I think there are worse things than chickens and geese. Like twin ducks named Cheech and Chong that nip at your calves every time you go to feed them. Geese aren’t so bad when you chase them with your arms spread out.

    Also bad is four kid goats that were allowed to have their horns grow out.

    Harlem Rooster. ‘Nuff said.

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  4. doug Says:

    Actually you completely missed the point these are not normal chickens–these are urban chickens. They usually appear at night, in gangs. They hang out at malls intimidating, other helpless birds. I have read that they control most the the seed distribution in the country. Their favorite ploy is to give feed seed to little birds and then get them hooked and then sell them ever more expensive seeds. The only thing I like about them at all is the HIP Hop song and dances they contribute as well as the little Doo Rags they have chosen to wear. The most troublesome gang is the Rhode Island Reds but they have been in retreat since attacked in Chicago by a gang of Leghorns.
    Please spend a little more time in research and spread the word of the danger of URBAN Chickens. If we stand together thigh to thigh we can defeat these feathered criminals.

    Peace out

  5. Zack Says:

    For some reason, out of all of that, the part that disturbs me most is that you said “thigh to thigh” and not “shoulder to shoulder.”

  6. doug Says:

    I could be wrong but I don;t believe chickens have shoulders? I will check wikipedia!

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