Thursday, June 30, 2011

Moving toward this being on an official agenda

GREAT NEWS!!! The Village will be moving forward with this issue. It's very important we show our numbers and support when this comes up on the Village agenda. The tentative date for this to be on the Village agenda is JULY 25TH.

Please share this with friends and neighbors and be sure to come out and show your support for this ordinance!!! In the meantime, please continue to send your letters to Keith Sbiral and Village President Mike Garvey

I find it wonderful that our local village officials are open to having a dialogue on the matter, but please note that they do not currently endorse it one way or another. Thank you!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Letter-writing campaign

If you support the right for the citizens of Brookfield, IL to keep backyard chickens (And really, how could you not?), we would be so incredibly grateful if you'd take a moment and send an email to Keith Sbiral and cc Village President Mike Garvey -Or you can call 708-485-7344.

Here's a sample email you may use (just copy and paste into your own email) to make it easy or please send your own words instead.

Dear Mr. Sbiral and Mr. Garvey,

I stand with the citizens of Brookfield, IL and support the addition of a chicken-friendly ordinance allowing the keeping of backyard hens in Brookfield. I know that backyard chickens bring a lot of positive contributions to communities which embrace them.

(Your Name)

If you'd like to embellish with your own words and thoughts, please take a few minutes to read through our FACT SHEET (click here to access the Google doc) about keeping backyard chickens. It'll help to add a few great facts and statistics to your letter.

Thank you very much for your support!

The movement to officially bring backyard chickens to Brookfield, Illinois

Just under 1 year ago, we brought 4 baby chicks to our Brookfield, IL home in an effort to close one of many gaps in the link to our food, add one more green practice to our lives, and enjoy the educational and entertaining values that chickens bring.

Free Ranging Girls!

It wasn't long before we learned that our Village Inspector began leaving citations to remove the hens (no rooster), but no legal ordinance was noted. There is currently no ordinance on the books that we are in violation of, yet she persists in writing these citations on the basis that "no livestock is allowed". Upon further investigation, we discovered that the legal definition of "livestock" in our state and county does not mean a small flock of backyard hens. We brought this to the Village of Brookfield's attention and for awhile the harassment stopped. It is also worth noting that due to our high wood privacy fence, the coop and chickens are not visible from a public thoroughfare.

We were served with yet another citation today, so the time has come...


Through my discussions with all sorts of folks in the past year, I have found NO people who do not support this practice, and EVERY SINGLE ONE I've spoken with wants to keep them and wants to know when we get this ordinance in place.

Will you join us?

Join the Facebook Group: Bring Backyard Chickens to Brookfield, IL!