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Palatine Revisits Backyard Chicken Coops

The Village of Palatine will consider granting a special use permit at its meeting tonight for a backyard chicken coop at a residence in the 500 block of Daniels Road.

 

The Village of Palatine has backyard chicken coops back on the table at its meeting tonight. 

This issue was first brought forth in March of this year by Palatine residents Vanessa and Jason Barsanti, who live in a home on a half acre of land at 511 Daniels Road.

Vanessa Barsanti said publically that organically grown food is healthier. Other benefits she cited are natural insect control since hens eat grubs and earwigs.

The couple authored a proposed amendment to Palatine's zoning code that would allow people to "harbor, keep or raise" female chickens, and that hens be kept "within a pen, coop, building or other enclosure sufficient in size and strength to confine such animals to the owner's property."

There appeared to momentum on the possibility July 24 when the Palatine Zoning Board unanimously recommended approval. The Barsanti's also had gotten informal blessings from neighbors.

They even created a Facebook page: "Bring Backyard Hens to Palatine".

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In September 2010, Evanston approved a measure allowing residents to have two to 6 chickens. However, in February 2012 Arlington Heights voted no on allowing chicken coops.

The issue was tabled at that meeting to give the Barsanti's time to come to an agreemeent with Harrison. The proposal will be reconsidered by the village council tonight at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 200 E. Wood Street. 

Patricia November 13, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Disgusting!!!! Thought we settled this and I am a farm girl...
Mike K November 13, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Let them have their chickens...and I will be jealous when they eat their delicious three egg omelette while I choke down my week old, hormone fed, cage raised chicken eggs for the local grocery store.
Chris November 13, 2012 at 03:16 PM
If they want farm fresh eggs, let them go to the farmer's market, or to an actual farm that raises their chickens the way these people would like. They also reserve the right to move to a rural community that allows this sort of thing. This is not a good direction for the Village. Keep the chickens out.
Tamara Kist November 13, 2012 at 04:14 PM
This is great! Right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness! Chickens for all!
Holly k November 13, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Good for you, Palatine. I hope this passes! The people who think this is comparable to a commercial poutry farm are misinformed. They can keep putting their money into the factory farm model where there are thousands of hens stacked on topof eachother with beaks cutt off so they wont peck eachother- fed the cheapest of feed so it can turn a profit. But then, it shouldn't be a crime for someone to choose to raise a few in well planned conditions quietly in their own backyard. I'd take that over a barking dog any day of the week.
Ellen November 13, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I wouldn't buy a house in that area - so it has already lowered the property values and will lower them even more if this is passed.
Ellen November 13, 2012 at 06:08 PM
So, you think the barking dogs are going to go away if chickens are allowed??? This will just be adding to the barking dogs - and perhaps giving those dogs even more to bark at.
Ellen November 13, 2012 at 06:10 PM
If you're choking down your eggs perhaps you should find something else to eat for breakfast. Not a very wise shopper, are you?
Joemama November 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Wish I could be there tonight to voice my thoughts, but my sons Sports Awards is tonight. Just say NO!!!
Ellen November 13, 2012 at 06:47 PM
They'll probably need some barking guard dogs to protect their chickens from the coyotes.
Kirstin Larson November 13, 2012 at 07:13 PM
For goodness sake, I don't understand what all the fuss is about? Hundreds of communities just like ours, all around the nation, are allowing people to do this very thing. Chickens don't bring property values down; what brings property values down are owners who don't properly maintain their properties. When people can already have rabbits, pigs, mice, rats, birds,cats and dogs for pets, why is there such a big problem with adding chickens? I'd far rather have a neighbor with some nice hens in their yard than with a passel of noisy, barking dogs!
Haiku November 13, 2012 at 08:50 PM
They are only birds why get so upset over such a little thing
Lisa Williams November 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I would love to have a few chickens! I have friends with backyard hens in Chicago and also in other states; and when they are well cared for, chickens are less troublesome than dogs. Less noise, less poop. Sadly, I think that most people are very under-informed about the backyard hen movement, including the incorrect belief that simply allowing chickens has any impact on property values. (You can confirm with Evanston on that one.) And as for attracting pests: My friends with hens say that "pests" are more attracted to garbage than chickens -- garbage is much easier to get to and eat than chickens or their eggs inside a coop. Finally, I'm not sure why anyone thinks that chickens are more "disgusting" than dogs-- those people are obviously thinking of commercial farms, not backyard coops.
Jim November 14, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Hasn't this been discussed to death by now? Some people cant take No for answer. There is a reason the zoning regulations were made not to allow chickens. Time to drop this waste of time and move on. Find some other pet to raise that fits into the neighborhood you bought into.
Tiffany Wiegartz November 20, 2012 at 12:57 AM
The funny thing is hens make less noise then most peoples dogs, and smell far less worse when raising a backyard flock then most peoples own dogs manure. There is a lot of useful information you can find on the internet about backyard flocks to back up any concerns and to support your case. We had a similiar situation where we live we fought and now have our 7 girls living in our backyard free range. They create no problems in fact all of my neighbors love them and support us. Sorry you had to run into one bad egg (no pun intended) My girls eat bugs and help cut down on mosquitos. They are friendly and are just like dogs. Very easy to take care of and create no problems for my neighbors. I would encourage everyone to become more educated on the subject. If you need any help get a hold of me on facebook chickens for kirkland!!!

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