Courtenay council approved second reading to a bylaw amendment that would allow honeybees and hens to be kept outdoors throughout the city. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

LETTER – Allowing chickens in residential areas is a bad idea

Dear editor,

When I first read that Courtenay council was considering allowing chickens in backyards in the city, I thought it was a bad April Fools joke.

Now to my astonishment I read that this has moved to 2nd reading.

I’m sure allowing chickens is a bad idea.

Chickens make a lot of noise even without a rooster. They are very odorous, and attract vermin. Is this an offshoot of the surge in pet acquisition or just a romantic notion of having chickens? Is this the hamlet of Courtenay, or a city? There are small farms with chickens and fresh eggs for sale within an easy five-minute drive from anywhere in the city; chicken coops must not be allowed in the city proper.

I would suggest to voters that if this misguided bylaw passes, then all of the incumbents on Courtenay city council be replaced in the next election,.

Maurice Levert,

Courtenay

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