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A Game of Chicken

July 23, 2009 3:24 PM

This week, the City of Monona decided not to follow Madison in allowing backyard chicken coops. I like Monona. In fact, Dianne and I lived there for five very pleasant years. So, I wish they hadn't chickened out over this. Sure it may seem like they're scrambling to catch up with Madison, but they should look at the sunny side and realize that just like here in Madison it will go over easy.

It's not just a shell game. Four chickens (the maximum allowed under the Madison ordinance) can produce two or three eggs a day. Over time that can save some real scratch. So it's good eggonomics in hard boiled times, which is something to crow about (though not in Madison where roosters are not allowed).

Also, home grown organic eggs are much better for you. They're higher in vitamins and lower in cholesterol. I'm serious, no yoke.

But look Monona, you don't have to wing it. You can stay abreast of the situation by looking at Madison's eggsperience. We allowed chickens about four years ago with very few complaints and lots of happy chicken owners. I know not everybody likes the idea. But you can't make an omelet without cracking some eggs.



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