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Backyard Chickens: Good for Coventry?

The fowl issue has gained attention recently in Woonsocket, where the City Council on Monday was scheduled to review a proposal that would allow backyard chickens in the city.

File photo.
File photo.
Coventry is one of several Rhode Island communities that allow backyard chickens.

The fowl issue has gained attention recently in Woonsocket, where the City Council on Monday was scheduled to review a proposal that would allow backyard chickens in the city. Woonsocket's council last year defeated a similar proposal.

Along with Coventry, the following communities allow backyard chickens, according to ABC 6:
  • Providence
  • Newport
  • Warwick
  • Newport
  • Johnston
  • Barrington
Three years ago, Providence became one of the first urban communities in the state to allow backyard chickens. In 2012, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung vetoed a measure that would have allowed backyard chickens in that city.

Proponents say backyard chickens provide healthier eggs and can be a good teaching tool for children. Critics cite noise, the stench, and concerns they attract rodents.

Coventry's chicken ordinance can be found here.

Do you think backyard chickens are good or bad for Coventry?
Lori Larocque June 03, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Depending on where in Coventry you live. The rural areas? Fine! City like areas? no!
Tracy Prince June 03, 2014 at 08:12 PM
I live in the city like area of Coventry and several of my neighbors have chickens. They've never once been a problem and I quite like them! Eggs too! There's no smell, noise or rodents. If you have clean neighbors.... what's the big deal? Dogs bark and they leave "smells" behind.

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