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Backyard Chickens Now Fair Game in Deerfield

A pilot program last year to allow a limited number of families to raise chickens proved successful.

The Deerfield Village Board voted this week to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards following what officials said was a successful pilot program last year, according to the Deerfield Review.

Last year the board decided to give up to five Deerfield families a license to raise as many as four egg -laying chickens in a yearlong pilot program. Only hens capable of laying eggs were allowed. Roosters were prohibited. The animals had to be kept in a coop located in a rear yard more than 10 feet from all neighboring property lines.

That pilot program, which is set to expire next month, resulted in no complaints, village staff said at the meeting, according to the Deerfield Review. The board then approved making that pilot program permanent.

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McCloud February 05, 2014 at 07:39 PM
What, no updates on the 2 million people who will leave the workforce (estimated) from Obamacare? Seems to me, there was article after article when they were passing this viris, now there are none. 2 million does not even take the account of the full to part time and not even hiring as a direct consequence of the virus. Where are you guys (Patch) on this?
Jon Hall February 06, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Chickens are not game birds, Emily, unless you're alluding to the ones that don't lay the eggs.
RB February 06, 2014 at 12:05 PM
I once knew someone who grew up on a farm with chickens. Each day he ate a dozen eggs before beginning farm work....one way to use up all those eggs....needless to say he had cholesterol issues as an adult. Oh and Macacko....hate to bust your Right Wing Faux News Bubble....but there is this news today which has nothing to do with chickens....."CBO Director: Actually, Obamacare Will Reduce Unemployment"
McCloud February 06, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Sure sounds like we will be well on our way to full employment, what with the recovery now bringing the u/e rate down to 7%. Maybe there is a smidgen of hope. If they could only dispose of those uninsured numbers the same way.
FaceOnMars February 06, 2014 at 12:48 PM
I wonder what "Obamacare clouds" looks like when you lay back on the astroturf and stare up at the clouds and let your mind wander to look for shapes of things?
McCloud February 06, 2014 at 12:51 PM
I see a cloud that looks like a backyard chicken.
Jon Hall February 06, 2014 at 01:24 PM
I lived on a farm until I was nine, and I hate chickens. That was not the farm animal choice I could ever label as a pet. As a little guy walking through a chicken yard, the chickens trying to fly around at the level of a 5 year old's upper body was downright scary. Plus the fact that I can never forget the smell and filth everywhere. I have friends locally who have chickens. They have destroyed the lawn over a half an acre in one summer. It smells. The eggs are, well, eggs. There's nothing romantic or particularly smart or chic about raising chickens. And the dumbest thing of all about this story is that editor Emily penned that stupid header. Fair game you say. I say grab a gun or a butcher knife, hang it by the feet from the laundry line, winner winner chicken dinner.
Jon Hall February 06, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Emily, if you're our local editor, then why don't you cover the local board as opposed to relying on the Review to do it for you? Why do we need Patch? There is a story here, but guess you're too blinded by your own captions to create your own news account. Lazy, or what?
forest barbieri February 07, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Seriously, raising chickens in the back yard? Are things that difficult in Deerfield?
Walter White February 07, 2014 at 03:36 PM
We can't all be international investors and entrepreneurs. Why would having chickens mean things are difficult, oh North Shore Entitled One?
McCloud February 07, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Things are great, we are now very close to full employment (full employment used to be 5% u/e), everybody gets free healthcare, and the earth has been saved by green. Whats not to like?
Walter White February 07, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Until of course we get another Republican in the White House to put us back into recession so a Democrat can come and bail us out again.
McCloud February 07, 2014 at 04:43 PM
You sound like a deep thinker.
Walter White February 07, 2014 at 04:46 PM
You sound like someone who will never be satisfied.
McCloud February 07, 2014 at 04:59 PM
No, just a guy who refuses to buy the farce leader and his excuses. Very troubled by those that allow him to repeatedly make excuses, lie and blame others while some know better.
Walter White February 07, 2014 at 05:04 PM
Yes why let jobs, stocks, and real estate facts get in the way of a good story.
McCloud February 07, 2014 at 05:11 PM
You must fall into the those who don't know better.
Walter White February 07, 2014 at 05:15 PM
You must fall into the those who listened to the wrong people.
McCloud February 07, 2014 at 05:19 PM
Yeah, I get tired of listening after a while. Particularly when they are on reason #143 - how something really stinks about the incident in Libya before the election. Nobody elese seems to care, so I turn the channel to Storage Wars.
Walter White February 07, 2014 at 05:24 PM
That's probably more your speed.
Jon Hall February 07, 2014 at 07:39 PM
The two south ends of opposite mules going north have spoken, and no one is any more knowledgeable as a result. Shallow Hal and his brother Al.
McCloud February 07, 2014 at 07:48 PM
You sound like all the answers are in your grasp, do share.
Walter White February 07, 2014 at 08:17 PM
Nah Hall is the Village Idiot.

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