Walter Mencken 9 a.m., Oct. 22
Fugitive Chickens: Still on the Run!
Shock report: Coronado has made chicken-raising illegal on the island!
Leslie Crawford had been depending on her breakfast eggs from the two snowflake hens she had been raising for months when neighbors complained to the city.
They worried that bacteria would spread from the chicken coop to their property, and encourage rats and possums.
This week, the city agreed with them and confirmed its 14-year-old ban on raising hens within city limits.
Leslie Crawford has strung up four rubber chickens at her home in protest against the City of Coronado's ban on raising hens on the island
“Chickens are no more dangerous to humans than cats and dogs,” counters Crawford. “You just have to be careful and diligent. What gets me is you can raise chickens and eat their eggs in New York City, but you can’t here.”
City officials said that with Coronado having so many small lots, there was no room to raise hens at a safe distance from neighbors.
“Well does that apply to dogs and cats?” asks Crawford. “Does that apply to crows, or the hawk which has settled in across our street?”
Meanwhile her two hens remain at a safe house, fugitives from the law.
But Crawford says she’s no way giving up. She says she’ll launch a petition.
“So many Coronado citizens actually already raise chickens completely healthily and peacefully. They depend on their eggs. We want that to continue, legally."
She says some people tell her to go buy a farm, if she wants to raise chickens.
"I say no. Having hens brings life to the community. They provide food. And maybe most importantly, they show kids where eggs come from. Not a supermarket. We need to get them back in touch with nature.”