Tri States Public Radio Staff
Says Chickens Should Be Allowed
Thu November 29, 2012
Local Chicken Expert Responds to City Council
Macomb aldermen this week decided residents will not be allowed to own chickens within the city limits. A McDonough County man who knows a quite a bit about raising chickens disagrees with the decision.
Harold Schmalfeld is a past president of the Eastern Iowa Poultry Association and has raised chickens for show, including so-called fancy or antiquity breeds. He has raised chickens for more than seven decades, starting when he was a boy growing up in the Chicago Suburbs.
Macomb aldermen this week decided to continue a prohibition against owning chickens within city limits. One alderman suggested that those who want to raise chickens should leave town.
Schmalfeld feels that is not a reasonable solution. He said that chickens aren’t noisy or smelly when well taken care of. Another alderman said that if the council allowed chickens larger animals including pot-bellied pigs would be next.
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