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A Hen in the Parlor - Municipal Control and Enforcement of Residential Chicken Coops

Chris Erchull



With poultry, as with gardens, you need the time, the patience and the knowledge to take care of the flock after you get it going. But the home supply of eggs and of broilers and fryers is a reward for a lot of the trouble that is involved. I urge everyone who can to raise poultry this year, both for the eggs and the meat.1 These words, attributed to Secretary of Agriculture Claude Wickard in 1943, were published only a few months after the landmark opinion of Wickard v. Filburn, where the Supreme Court held that the federal government has the authority to prevent people from producing food on their own property, even food intended only for personal consumption.2

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