Halifax is getting urban chickens! This might be old hat for some cities but for Halifax, it's been an issue oft raised since 2008 when a woman's three chickens were seized following neighbourhood complaints.
The exciting news just surfaced the other day:
While backyard chickens may not be worth the investment for many families - and sadly, it's not feasible where I live at the moment - there are an handful of great benefits to be had for those who choose to keep these foul companions.
First, and perhaps most obviously, EGGS. I currently get my eggs from a CSA so I can attest to the difference in quality and taste compared to the grocery store variety. Although they aren't always perfectly uniform in size and colour, the glowing golden yolks are so vibrant and delicious it's plain to see the difference next to their pale counterparts.
Aside from eating them, egg shells do great things for the compost both enriching the soil and discouraging creepy crawlies from nibbling at your lettuce.
The chickens themselves also contribute to your compost with a high-nitrogen content that can eliminate the need for additional fertilizer. They also eat bugs, which I love because as much as I love being outdoors I am not a fan anything that will bite me (well, except this).
You can hear about more benefits here:
I'm looking forward to when I'll live in a place that will accommodate this kind of undertaking. For now, I'll just be on the hunt for some new neighbourhood friends who will have me over for an omelet.