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CHICKENS. During the GREAT DEPRESSION the city code of Dubuque in 1934 allowed flocks of chickens to be owned by residents. The code was changed in 1975 banning chickens from residential areas. Some poultry experts feared that a disease present in a backyard flock could spread to a large commercial farm. Despite the fact that no avian disease had been found as of 2009 in Iowas flocks such an occurrence could jeopardize Iowa's 14 billion egg production and threaten the export market. (1)

Despite the concern, a number of cities by 2009 had allowed controlled poultry raising. Madison, Wisconsin, one of the first, allowed the keeping of up to four hens with some restrictions beginning in 2005. (2)

Dubuque residents were allowed to raise chickens or ducks (hens only) in residential neighborhoods beginning in 2009. New regulations allowed resident to keep up to six hens (no roosters) for egg production in an enclosed coop in a rear yard at least ten feet fro many lot line and fifty feet from any dwelling. (3) In 2014 the city council voted in July 2014 to eliminate a $333 conditional-use permit fee that had been required to raise chickens for egg production. (4)

In 2015 STEVE'S ACE HARDWARE offered a Backyard Chickens 101 class. An estimated twenty people attended and then were assisted in picking out chicks. While chickens are social creatures, the suggestion was to start with three chicks. The instructor pointed out that there was a lot to learn including breeds, feed and habitats. A heat lamp, imitating the mother chicken sitting on the baby chicks, was also needed in the chicken brooder. Those who have raised chickens noted they were a good pet for kids, with the eggs as a bonus. (5)

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Source:

1. Nevans-Pederson, Mary, "Personal Poultry," Telegraph Herald, May 31, 2009, p. 6A

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

4. Becker, Stacey, "Backyard Chickens 101 Hatches Plan," Telegraph Herald, March 30, 2015, p. 1

5. Ibid.