Backyard chicken proposal great for residents

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Dear Editor,

I read with interest the article on the proposed backyard chicken pilot project within the towns of Black Diamond and Turner Valley. From what I have witnessed, the project proposal is well researched, professionally presented and thorough.

True sustainability comes from a community becoming resilient and this must include food security. Not only are chickens great fertilizers for the increasing home gardens being created, but also produce healthy, delicious food! As a resident of Black Diamond, I encourage Town Council to support this Sustainability initiative.

I was, however, perplexed by the few who appear to be opposed. Judging this project without actually allowing the experience to happen eliminates the opportunity to find out first hand how it will work!

The arguments put forth against the project include property being devalued, not wanting to see things getting run down and a fear that chicken owner won’t adequately maintain their coops. Just ask Vancouver and Victoria, among the highest priced markets in Canada if their properties have devalued by allowing backyard hens?

The CLUCK pilot project is in place to help educate, monitor and support families and individuals who wish to participate.

Well-kept chickens in a sanitary and secure coop and run situation, that produce eggs for personal use, are the right step towards true sustainability.

I fully support enlightened residents who wish to participate in this pilot project!

Carol Gauzer,

Black Diamond


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