It's been some years now that local St. Louis communities have gone through the process of debating the pros and cons of residents raising chickens in their backyards. Agreements were reached and chickens have taken up space in many yards without much ado. Now the issue has crossed the river into Belleville where city officials will be discussing a proposed ordinance to allow residents to do the same.
There is so much material to be had on chicken farming in suburbs, all of it St Louis local, that it should not be difficult for Belleville alderment to reach an agreement to allow it.
"Residents and aldermen against the idea have said they are concerned about the smell, noise and diseases that come with raising chickens." This is a similar argument heard initially in most places but for the most part has been proven wrong as long as the city makes certain the ordinance has clear guidelines for chicken care. People who want to do this must understand it does take work, it's not like you can board chickens when you go on vacation.
No roosters is important as is some sort of screening along the property line and good up keep. But the east side is coming late to backyard chicken farming, it seems to have gone off fairly uneventfully on the St. Louis side.