YouTube Video: Because Chickens Can’t Keyboard…

Check out this video if you haven’t already seen it! If you’re coming from the YouTube side, here’s the deal:

The Billings Backyard Hen Initiative will be asking the city council to amend city ordinances to allow for the responsible keeping of a limited number of backyard hens in clean, enclosed, predator proof coops.

Because the city council and mayor are elected officials, it is important that we, as their electoral voters, express our wishes to them so that they can make an informed decision. Everyone knows this… our government is “for the people, by the people, of the people…”

Here’s where we need YOUR help. If you are a resident of Yellowstone county, please send our mayor and city council members an email indicating your support of urban hens in Billings. If you can’t send an email,¬†indicates telephone numbers for each member of the city council.

We’re not trying to be a pest about this, but we are trying to make sure that our elected officials are aware of our desires as citizens of our city. We need your help!


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Helen O'Boyle on August 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I think that allowing a couple of chicks in your back yard would be great. I’m a farm girl from SD and always had to “gather the eggs”. Wouldn’t that be nice to go out and get a fresh egg every morning for a healthy breakfast. I vote, “Yes”, to the ordinance allowing some hens in your back yard.


    • Posted by Delecia Reynolds on August 6, 2011 at 9:17 am

      We are in Central Texas and enjoy fresh eggs and gentle clucking daily! I vote YES!! to the Hen Ordinance! Dee Reynolds


  2. I live here in Absarokee and i think thats a gread idea to have backyard hens in Billings. I think they should be allowed. If you guys would like to you are more than welcome to come check out my chickens Ive got large fowl and bantams..


  3. Posted by Mi Mi Heller on September 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    GO BILLINGS!!!!! I live outside of Stevensville, had chickens in 2009 (loved them, & would like to have more but health currently prohibits), & have contemplated spearheading a move to allow chickens in Stevi. Even though I don’t live inside the city limits, my daughter & her family do. And when I had chickens & mentioned to a couple of people, trying to change the city regs, I got only positive feedback. From what I found out, Stevensville is the only city in Ravalli county to NOT ALLOW chickens, and even Missoula allows hens!! Best wishes in your pursuit; I’ll follow your progress


  4. Posted by Rich McFadden on September 26, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    It would be good to live in a land of freedom where you could do what you want in your own backyard.


    • Posted by Catherine Lynch on September 27, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Well said, Mr. McFadden! We can’t be forcing our own personal aversions and dislikes on everyone else. I know some will argue that the BBHI is trying to force our own personal preferences on others but I don’t see that…we aren’t insisting that our chickens be anywhere but in our very own back yards and we aren’t insisting that everyone in Billings have backyard chickens, either. Urban settings that pack so many people close together requires patience and tolerance from us all.

      As long as my neighbors comply with aesthetics, sanitation, safety, health, noise, containment and other “good neighbor” behavior I will not question their right to have hobbies and/or pets of any kind on their personal property and that includes a few small, ground-dwelling birds. I haven’t met a neighbor of mine yet that would deny me the right to raise up to 6 hens. Chickens don’t require much space at all, certainly not as much as some opponents suggested last night.

      I believe there are much more important issues to deal with in our community than trying to limit the right of interested individuals to be just a little bit more self-sufficient and actively provide for their families in an eco-friendly way. I see urban chickens as an extension of my family’s hunting, fishing, foraging, and gardening. I buy my beef from local ranchers but it is very hard to get fresh eggs… local suppliers of those are few and already taken by those of us who love real eggs. I am tired of having to drive over 20 miles to get fresh eggs and would like to return to the days when I could walk out my back door and collect the eggs myself. I personally would like to see the end of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that has been in Billings for decades and let chicken owners come out of the closet.


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