Poll: Should Communities Allow Backyard Hens?
Several Chicago suburbs have grappled with requests from residents who want to have egg laying, backyard hens.
Palatine's Zoning Board of Appeals recently recommended allowing a couple to raise backyard egg laying hens.
Palatine is only the latest Chicago suburb to grapple with such a request. In April, Northbrook's village board shot down a request citing aesthetics and safety concerns. Specifically, the idea that backyard hens might attract predators such as coyotes. Crystal Lake rejected such a proposal in 2011 and Arlington Heights voted no in 2012.
Several suburbs do allow backyard chickens including Evanston, Oak Park, St. Charles and Naperville. Advocates say that backyard hens are a great way to produce fresh, healthy eggs and that there are many misconceptions about the practice.
Such proposals also usually include specificiations for coops and requirements to secure feed.