Bill to increase chicken ownership

Published: Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM HST
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You've probably heard of the saying "a chicken in every pot." But now, a city councilwoman wants to make it legal to have seven in every yard.

Proponents say the measure could play a big role in Hawaii's sustainable future.

But other's say it promotes ownership of an animal that's a nuisance.

"There are many people who are looking at raising their own hens so they can have eggs," said City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi, who authored the bill.

"I think we should start looking at growing our own vegetables and doing what we can for food sustainability and these eggs are very nutritious."

Kobayashi's bill seeks to increase the number of chickens allowed in a home from two to seven. Bill one also limits the number of noisier roosters to just one per household.

Proponents like Manoa resident Pat Chung say that two chickens don't produce enough eggs to feed a family

"The more chickens you have you can supply a normal family," she said.

"You can pay the high cost of organic eggs or you can produce them yourself."

Palolo resident Sharon Young-Nakaue says she was raised on a farm that had chickens. She said the animals are not only noisy but pose health hazards.

"A rooster will crow at three in the morning ... And a hen will declare their egg laying in a shrill manner," Young-Nakaue said.

"Seven (chickens) is to the point of unreasonable."

But bill proponent say hens are less of a problem than a dog or cat.

"Chickens make far less noise smell, flies. Everything is way less of a problem," said Chung, the Manoa resident.

Bill 1 will next be heard on Thursday by the city council's committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and Human Services. Even if its approved, it could be a long time before this bill hatches into law.

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