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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.”

Stay tuned.

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Eva Knott Dec. 9, 2011 @ 10:13 a.m.

I love this story. My ten hens and I are on the edge of our nests, waiting to find out what happens next. You go Ed. And whoever took that photo -- it's a work of art. Look at the light on those rubber chickens. I am inspired. Fondly, Eva Knott


Ed Bedford Dec. 9, 2011 @ 6:06 p.m.

Thanks Eva! Us chicken lovers are set to brood over the world. Maybe we should Occupy Kentucky Fried....uh, then what would we have for dinner? Oh yes, eggs, truly the gift that keeps on giving. But for sure, Coronado has missed the locovore bus, again...


prescottviolin Jan. 3, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.

Hello! I have a chicken and a rooster that I need to find a new home for. My landlord is no longer alllowing me to raise my chickens. Their names are Abraham and Sarah. I would like to keep them together if possible. They are about 6 months old. Please send me an email if you are interested! I am located in Oceanside. prescottviolin@yahoo.com

I am going to miss my chicks!



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