To allow the keeping of fowl in city limits is the PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE for predators. I have read in the Herald, accounts of sightings, not only of coyotes but mountain lions and bobcats.
Establishing regulations for coops being built to keep fowl, will only protect fowl from predators, not pets or children. Coyotes will still be attracted to the area, coop or not. The problems residents have experienced, regarding coyotes or other predators, will only be exacerbated.
Putting aside the dangers of coyotes, there are other concerns by keeping chickens in a residential setting, noise and sanitation. My daughter raised chickens, when she lived in Puerto Rico. She said chickens do make noise, especially, when they lay eggs or get frightened.
Then there’s the chicks. Aren’t they cute, except for the noise.
Regarding sanitation: although there would be responsible chicken farmers, there will be those who won’t be responsible. The chicken coop or yard would smell from waste and rats would be attracted to the chicken feed that would be present.
What happen to those self-proclaimed conservatives that argued for state rights and for the federal government to stay out of state business? How about the state staying out of city business and let the cities decide what’s best for their city.
Unfortunately the state is mandating that cities allow the keeping of fowl, like it or not.
If you want to raise chickens or farm animals, move to a place that allows it. Don’t make laws that make your neighbors suffer,for your personal pleasure.
Lake Havasu City