Raising urban chickens, all the cockle-doodle-doo


by Rachel Platt


Posted on May 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 8:22 PM

(WHAS11) -- It’s a growing trend in Kentuckiana, urban chickens.

Chickens and roosters being raised within city limits and it’s perfectly legal. Forget green acres --- you don't even need half an acre to have farm living in the city.

To Megan Snider and Nico Griepel off Goldsmith Lane their exotic Silkie chickens are more like pets than poultry.

Loved and legal according to the city's Theresa Zawacki. Zawacki says on less than half an acre, you can have five chickens and a crowing bird, a rooster.

Megan and Nico have six birds altogether -- the required fence, a coop -- and those delicious fresh eggs.

It's becoming a way of life for them, part of the green movement.

They get fresh eggs and offer a good life to the chickens.

In the East End -- David Meiners was looking for adventure -- so he hatched a plot. He told his wife he wanted chickens, she thought he was a little crazy, but has since fallen in love with the fowl.

It's a family affair -- the Meiners children feeding the chickens, even decorating the chicken house.

With their five acres - -they can have an unlimited number of chickens as long as they stay on the property.

Its been a bonding experience with neighbors while they come over for eggs and the chickens.

Less than a mile away these students from Wilder Elementary offer up cheerios to chickens like Thelma and Louise.

Russell Stevens pleased to see the trend catching on as a more natural way of living with fewer chemicals.

His neighborhood embracing the girls -- yep, all hens -- no rooster, says he doesn’t want to upset his neighbors.

But in one south Louisville neighborhood, not everyone is happy about the law, it’s ruffling some feathers –because of a rooster over that fence.

Ron Moore cues up the sounds he's been living with – a cockle-doodle-doo every morning at 6 a.m.

He was okay with the chickens and the clucking, but not the cockle-doodle-doo.

Moore is retired and values his sleep -- but the real rude awakening?

His neighbor is within his rights to have a rooster. He asks what legislator thought it was a good idea to have a rooster in a subdivision.

Theresa Zawacki says they’re allowed to protect the flock - -but it's causing some friction – they get about 12 complaints a month, usually resolved with a letter.

For Ron Moore though--it took more--his neighbor threatened with a fine, he had to get him with the noise ordinance.

On the day we were there, there was an assurance from the neighbor there would be peace and quiet, the rooster is gone.

For Megan and Nico there’s concern that one of their baby Silkies may be a rooster - -it's not always easy to tell at first.

And if he is? She says they’ll find him another loving home – they don’t want to be those annoying neighbors.

The city says the ordinance is working well for the most part -- but as the urban chicken craze continues…

Count on a few more squawks if a rooster comes crowing in a neighborhood near you.