There are several chicken coops in downtown Geneva left over from the good old days. Take a walk around and you may spot a few.
It is a sure bet that Batavia will approve chickens. Then Geneva will be in the middle of two cities, chicken-less. Will we be the last to get with the program?
We teach embryology in kindergarten. Baby chicks are counted, fed, held, etc. Indoors in the classroom in every suburban school. They don't interrupt classes, or attract rodents, nor do they stink up the place. That is about the extent of what most children see of a live chicken. Then "poof" they are gone. A pet chicken is harmless and shouldn't be outlawed.
Here is an example of a tasteful chicken coop from heatherbullard.com
Chickens are popping up everywhere across cities along side family gardens as more and more people are becoming aware of how the food we put on our table is seriously effecting our health and our environment. Not to mention how these beautiful birds are grossly mistreated in huge factory "chicken coops".
It is just a fear of the unknown that keeps chickens at bay. Rumors that a few backyard chickens will put local chicken farms out of business. That foxes, coyotes, and rats will move into our neighborhoods. Chicken poop will stink up the neighborhoods. All unfounded claims.
Chickens are quieter than dogs, they eat tons of bugs- think about those pesky mosquitos and the dreaded Japanese Beetle! They will eat your kitchen vegetable scraps, provide free fertilizer, and healthy eggs right in your own backyard- alongside finches, robins, and cardinals.
This chicken coop- complete with mixed flower containers- cane be found here
Read the Kane County Chronicle article.
Here is a link to an example of a backyard chicken coop.