Until yesterday, the ruling in Columbia was that you could have 1 chicken per 0.5 acre of land. This meant that on our urban lot, we could have 0.36 of a chicken. I’m not sure the neighbours would go for that, what with the carnage and all.
Yesterday City Council passed a new chicken ordinance, so now you can have 6 chickens per tract. This is a pretty big deal around town, because Columbia is a pretty progressive place and a lot of people are looking for ways to grow their own food, buy locally, etc., and chickens are a part of that. But, Columbia also has its fair share of people who are not supportive of such efforts (or bicycles, for that matter), so it became quite a contentious matter. The good news, though, is that now we can have chickens in the city. Yay!
So will we be getting chickens? The answer to that would be a big fat NO. @charlietriplett has ix-nayed this idea from the very beginning, whether the chickens were legal or not. Man.
It’s probably for the best, though. Animals require work and your being there to take care of them, which is why we don’t believe in owning pets. Except the worms. The worms are very low maintenance pets.
And hopefully next year we’ll get bees. I am buzzing with excitement.