I find it very interesting to hear that there is a bylaw violation in effect. In the past, I was told you were able to have up to six hens on a residential lot in Lake Cowichan. I am curious to know when it was made a bylaw violation.
Chickens are wonderful pets in the backyard and are very beneficial as they lay eggs, can provide meat for the table, as well as manure for the garden. They are also very entertaining to see running around the yard going about their day. They can be very educational for children especially when they are able to see a hen raising her own flock of chicks.
I love to wake up at daylight to hear the hens cackling, the roosters crowing and the chicks cheeping. I believe Ms. Rogers, or anyone else who chooses to raise chickens in their backyard, should be able to, without worrying about being fined by a bylaw enforcement officer.
If the town would like to have some rules and regulations in place that is fine. However, banning them out right seems to be a poor decision in my view. I would hope that, in the near future, chickens would be allowed again in the Town of Lake Cowichan.